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Latest from Horns of a Dilemma: What's the Point of DHS?

Feb 01, 2021

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Ben Rohrbaugh, author of More or Less Afraid of Nearly Everything: Homeland Security, Border, and Disasters in the Twenty-First Century, stops by to discuss the role of the Department of Homeland Security. Rohrbaugh points out that the department has been something of an unloved stepchild within the government structure, lacking both a consistent and coherent organizational culture, as well as at times the perception that it intrudes on the turf of other more established agencies. Although Rohrbaugh acknowledges the case against the Department of Homeland Security, he comes to the conclusion that the department is an important organization in dealing with the threats the United States faces in the 21st century, like infectious diseases, terrorism, right-wing extremism, organized crime, natural disasters, and border security. This talk was sponsored by the Strauss Center at the University of Texas at Austin and was part of the Central America/Mexico Policy Initiative.

Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick comments on the new leader for Biden intel briefing for the New York Times

Feb 01, 2021

“Morgan is also a prototype for the unbiased, apolitical intelligence professional that our system relies upon,” Slick said in a comment on veteran CIA officer Morgan Muir for the New York Times. 

Register now to join Cindy McCain, Madeleine Albright, our very own Dr. Will Inboden, and others for the 2021 State of the World Convention

Jan 29, 2021

"The world is at a crossroads as the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the global economy have combined with increasing polarization and highly charged elections. At the same time, the unrelenting and transcendent desire of people around the globe to live in freedom offers hope for democracy and human rights. Join us as we examine these developments with a stellar cast of speakers." Take a virtual seat with Dr. Will Inboden for this poignant February 1st-5th convention hosted by Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs at Florida International University. 

Remembering 35th Anniversary of Challenger Explosion with Reagan's Speech: A Four-Minute Window into Presidential Greatness

Jan 28, 2021

Thirty-five years ago today, the Challenger spacecraft exploded just over a minute after liftoff, killing all seven crew members aboard. That night, instead of giving the slated State of the Union Address, President Ronald Reagan shifted gears and delivered a moving four-minute speech to a country in mourning. Tevi Troy takes a look at the address that became not only one of Reagan's best-known and best-loved speeches but also one of the most famous and important pieces of presidential rhetoric in history. 

Faculty Fellow Sheena Greitens testifying before U.S. Congress China Commission

Jan 28, 2021

On January 28, Clements Center Faculty Fellow Sheena Greitens will be testifying before the U.S. Congress China Commission at the hearing on "U.S.-China Relations at the Chinese Communist Party’s Centennial" on Trends in China’s Politics, Economics, and Security Policy.