Grand strategy and petty squabbling: The paradox of the Reagan National Security Council

Date & time

Sep 9, 2013, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EDT


From the speaker's bio:
William Inboden is a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. He is a Non-Resident Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and will also serve as Executive Director of the William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House, where he worked on a range of foreign policy issues including the National Security Strategy, democracy and governance, contingency planning, counter-radicalization, and multilateral institutions and initiatives. Inboden also worked at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and a Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom, and has worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

Inboden has also served as Senior Vice President of the London-based Legatum Institute, and as a Civitas Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and BBC. He has lectured widely in academic and policy settings, and received numerous research and professional development fellowships. He is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment (Cambridge University Press). Inboden received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from Yale University, and his A.B. from Stanford University.

About the Ford Security Seminar
The Ford Security Seminar is an interdisciplinary seminar series focused broadly on both traditional and non-traditional security issues. The seminar features policy-relevant academic talks followed by Q&A. It is designed primarily for faculty members and doctoral students with interests in security, who will typically occupy the seats around the table and lead off the Q&A, but MPP students are also warmly invited to attend and to participate in the Q&A as time permits.