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UT Board of Regents Unanimously Names the Late Bill Powers as President Emeritus

Nov 19, 2020

We are delighted at the news of the late Bill Powers being unanimously named as President Emeritus. We owe the very establishment of the Clements Center to Powers' support and vision. Will Inboden, Clements executive director and William Powers, Jr. chair, writes, "Bill’s enthusiasm for the Clements Center also came because as a Navy veteran he knew firsthand the importance of a strong national security policy, as a scholar, he appreciated the value of diplomatic and military history, and as a university president he embraced the cultivation in our students the values of citizenship, patriotism, and service to country." 

Undergraduate Fellow Nicholas Romanow publishes "How to Wage an Ideological War with China" in The Bulwark

Nov 20, 2020

"If the United States is to fend off the challenge from the Chinese Communist Party, it must recommit to its own ideals and values," Romanow writes for his latest article in The Bulwark Online. 

Sheena Greitens and the Bush Center discuss "Strategy and Security with China" for the latest issue of The Catalyst

Nov 18, 2020

 "The United States and China are the two most powerful and influential countries in the world, and right now, we’re at a moment when I think both countries are revisiting some major assumptions about what the U.S.-China relationship should look like," posits Sheena Greitens in the latest issue of The Catalyst. Follow the link to read the full engaging and enlightening conversation between Greitens and the Bush Center. 

The Impact of “The West” on American Foreign Policy

Nov 16, 2020

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Michael Kimmage, professor and department chair at the Department of History at Catholic University in Washington D.C., discusses his book, The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy. Kimmage asserts that the idea of the “West” — a set of shared values that he argues revolve around liberty and self-determination — can be traced both to Wilsonian idealism, as well as to profound developments at the end of World War II. He traces the influence that this concept that there is a group of like-minded transatlantic nations had on Cold War foreign policy. Kimmage’s discussion is wide ranging, encompassing issues as diverse as the influence of race and questions about “America first.”

Kimmage was introduced in this episode by Jeremi Suri of the LBJ School and professor at the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Executive Director Dr. Will Inboden Quoted in Latest Article From the Boston Globe on the Tumultuous Transition of Administrations

Nov 11, 2020

Clements Center Executive Director Dr. Inboden recalls his time during the Bush-Obama transition and implores the Trump administration to be "responsible" and "patriotic" in its duty to allow access to the Biden team stating, "[m]ost of Biden’s incoming senior staff already have security clearances and providing them access to classified intelligence information would not preclude Trump from continuing to challenge the election results in court."