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Rethinking American Grand Strategy
On Wednesday, September 22, the Clements Center for National Security and the UT-Austin History Department will host Christopher Nichols, Adriane Lentz-Smith, Andrew Preston, Charles Edel and Will Inboden for a panel discussion on their new release "Rethinking American Grand Strategy".

Sep 22, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Christopher Nichols
History Associate Professor and Director of the Oregon State University Center for the Humanities
Christopher McKnight Nichols is the Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Sandy and Elva Sanders Eminent Professor in the Honors College at Oregon State University, where he is an associate professor of history. An Andrew Carnegie Fellow, Nichols is best known for authoring Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age (Harvard, 2011, 2015). He is editor or author of five other books, including the recently published Rethinking American Grand Strategy (Oxford, 2021), which he co-edited with Andrew Preston and Elizabeth Borgwardt. His next book, co-edited and co-authored, is Ideologies and U.S. Foreign Relations: New Histories (out from Columbia University Press in 2022).
Adriane Lentz-Smith
Associate Professor of History, Duke University
Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in Duke's department of History where she teaches courses on the Civil Rights Movement, Black Lives, Modern America, and History in Fact and Fiction. A scholar of African American history as well as the histories of the twentieth-century United States and the US & the World, Lentz Smith is author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard University Press, 2009). The book explores how African Americans worked through ideas of manhood, citizenship, and global encounter to pursue the black freedom struggle during World War I and build the civil rights movement that followed. Her article, “The Unbearable Whiteness of Grand Strategy,” can be found in the forthcoming volume, Rethinking American Grand Strategy(Oxford University Press, 2021).
Andrew Preston
Professor of American History and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University
Andrew Preston is Professor of American History and a Fellow of Clare College at Cambridge University. In 2021 he is president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). His most recent books are, as author, American Foreign Relations: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2019); and, as co-editor, Rethinking American Grand Strategy, with Elizabeth Borgwardt and Christopher McKnight Nichols (Oxford University Press, 2021), and The Cambridge History of America and the World: Volume 3, 1900-1945, with Brooke L. Blower (Cambridge University Press, 2021). He is currently writing about the idea of "national security" in American history.
Charles Edel
Global Fellow, Wilson Center; Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney
Charles Edel is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and a Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Dr. Edel’s research and policy expertise is in the politics and security of the Indo-Pacific, U.S. strategy toward the region, American foreign policy, grand strategy, and American political history. He is the co-author of The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order (2019) and author of Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic (2014). Currently, he is working on a book examining America’s history of dealing with authoritarian regimes. In addition to his scholarly publications, his writings appear in The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and various other outlets. He also regularly offers foreign policy commentary on television and radio, including CNBC, ABC, Sky News, Australia’s RN, and NPR.
Will Inboden
Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair, Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas at Austin
William Inboden is Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair at the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin. He also serves as Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas National Security Review. Inboden’s other current roles include Associate with the National Intelligence Council, Member of the CIA’s Historical Review Panel, Member of the State Department’s Historical Advisory Council, and Non-Resident Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House.