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Fall 2020 Newsletter

Dec 15, 2020

Take a look back at the Fall 202020 semester at the Clements Center! If you would like to subscribe to our Events or Newsletter email list, please sign up here.

Intelligence Studies Project Senior Fellow Paul Pope Contributes to LBJ School’s Policy Toolkit

Dec 15, 2020

Professor J. Paul Pope, a Senior Fellow with ISP, recently published an essay "Intelligence Lessons From COVID: Being ‘Right’ Is Not Enough" as part of the LBJ School’s “policy toolkit” on resiliency. In the essay, Professor Pope evaluates COVID as a potential intelligence failure and challenges the utility of the traditional “Intelligence Cycle” in assessing the performance of the intelligence community in warning of impending threats.

Twenty-nine LBJ School authors came together to craft interdisciplinary and resilience-based policy solutions, published in a toolkit called Resiliency in the Age of COVID-19. This toolkit comes as researchers from across The University of Texas at Austin continue to offer first-of-its-kind groundbreaking research and discovery in the fight against COVID and its long-lasting impacts on public health, business and the future of governance.

Jim Golby joins Fareed Zakaria on CNN to discuss the importance of having a civilian run the Pentagon

Dec 13, 2020

Jim Golby, Clements Center Senior Fellow, and Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's The Global Public Square (GPS), look back at why generals have historically been kept away from serving as Secretary of Defense and discuss Biden's Secretary of Defense pick.

Engaging the Evil Empire

Dec 14, 2020

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Will Inboden, executive director of the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin, sits down with Simon Miles, assistant professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, to discuss his book, Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War. In his book, Miles asserts that the beginning of the thawing of relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, usually attributed to the relationship between President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, actually had its roots in the period of 1980 to 1985 under previous Soviet leaders, such as Yuri Andropov and Leonid Brezhnev. Miles talks about the effort on the part of both the Soviet Union and the United States to find opportunities for meaningful diplomatic interaction that laid the groundwork for thawing, even at a time when the Cold War was at its height.

Senior Fellow Jim Golby Discusses His Concerns with President-elect Biden's Pick for Pentagon with NBC

Dec 10, 2020

Dr. Jim Golby further elucidates his concerns with the requirement for a waiver from Congress for Biden's latest pick for the Pentagon post.