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University of Texas Inaugurates New Multidisciplinary Program in History, Strategy, & Statecraft

AUSTIN, TX -- The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law sponsored the inaugural conference of a new multidisciplinary research program at the University of Texas, History, Strategy, and Statecraft, on January 7-8, 2012 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort. The event featured a small, highly select, group of historians, strategists, policymakers, and experts from the private sector who discussed the ways that history and historical thinking can inform decision making in national security.

The conference featured two keynote speakers with distinguished careers in both government and academe: Mr. James Steinberg, former Deputy Secretary of State and current Dean of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; and Philip Zelikow, former Counselor of the Department of State and the Associate Dean and White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

The History, Strategy, and Statecraft program is founded on the belief that rigorous historical work can inform and even improve the foreign policymaking process, and that the historical community would benefit from greater interaction with decision-makers from both the government and private sector. It will seek to promote collaboration and cooperation within the field of international relations, and promote scholarship that engages the most relevant questions and fosters wider audiences.

"This program is, in many ways, a perfect realization of the Strauss Center's mission to bring scholars and experts together across academic disciplines and professional sectors to address the most difficult problems," said Francis J. Gavin, Director of the Strauss Center and Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Dr. William Inboden, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, who will lead the program, observed that the University of Texas is a natural home. "Over the past few years, the University has assembled a world-class group of scholars and policymakers in international affairs, and together they are uniquely able to make this program a huge success."

The conference featured panels on history and statecraft, history and strategy, history and the private sector, and the future of the historical profession. The outcome was a set of recommendations and a strategic vision for the History, Strategy, and Statecraft program informed by a distinguished group of experts.

If you would like more information please contact Jacqueline Chandler at the Strauss Center, 512-471-6226 or jchandler(at)austin.utexas.edu.

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