William Inboden

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William Inboden
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Born
William Charles Inboden III

(1972-11-07) November 7, 1972 (age 46)
ResidenceAustin, TX
Alma materYale University
Scientific career
FieldsNational Security, U.S. Foreign Policy, Religious Freedom
InstitutionsThe William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin

William Charles Inboden III (born November 7, 1972) is an American academic, writer, and former White House staffer. Inboden is the Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair of the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin.[1] He also serves as an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs[2] and Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum.[3]

Education[edit]

Will Inboden graduated with an A.B. in History from Stanford University in 1994.[citation needed] During his time at Stanford, Inboden studied abroad at Oxford University's Magdalen College.

After graduation, Inboden worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives in the offices of Sam Nunn (D-GA) and Tom DeLay (R-TX).[4] During his time in Congress, Inboden was one of the original "visionaries" of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998,[5] which obligates Congress and the President "to take into account the various issues of religious freedom while developing the country's foreign policy."

In 1998, Inboden moved to New Haven to pursue a Ph.D in History at Yale University.[citation needed] During his time at Yale, Inboden was a Civitas Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C from 2001-2002. Inboden received his Ph.D. degree in History from Yale University in 2003. His dissertation was entitled "The Soul of American Diplomacy: Religion and Foreign Policy, 1945-1960."[6]

Professional career[edit]

Returning to Washington, D.C., Inboden worked at the U.S. Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and the Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom.[7]

From 2005 to 2007, Inboden served as the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform at the National Security Council under President George W. Bush.[citation needed] During his time at the White House, he worked on a range of foreign policy issues including the National Security Strategy, democracy and governance, contingency planning, counterradicalization, and multilateral institutions and initiatives.

From 2007 to 2010, Inboden served as the Senior Vice President and Head of the Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank and educational charity,[8] conducting research on issues related to national security, political and economic liberty, and global prosperity.

In 2010, Inboden moved to Austin, Texas to begin teaching at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas as an Assistant Professor in Public Affairs. Additionally, in 2010, he joined the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT-Austin as a Distinguished Scholar.[9] In 2013, Inboden was promoted to Associate Professor.

Since 2010, Inboden has taught a wide range of courses, including "Presidential Leadership and Decision Making on National Security," "Intelligence & National Security in American Society" with Professor Stephen Slick, and "Ethics & International Relations."[10] As a professor, Inboden has received numerous teaching awards (including Best New Professor[11]), and his classes have often been selected as the "Best Class in the LBJ School." During his time at UT, Inboden has also served as a Non-Resident Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States,[12] Senior Advisor with Avascent International, and Associate Scholar with Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.[13]

In 2013, Inboden helped to establish the William P. Clements Jr. Center for National Security at UT-Austin, where he currently serves as the Center's Executive Director.[14] The Clements Center, a nonpartisan research and policy center named after former Texas Governor and Deputy Secretary of Defense Bill Clements, aims to "draw on the best insights of diplomatic and military history to train the next generation of national security leaders.[15] Inboden says he was inspired to create a center which would bridge the gap between policymakers and historians during his tenure in the National Security Council, after noticing that nearly every high-level national security official was reading a book on history during a meeting at Camp David.[16] Every semester, the Clements Center brings distinguished scholars and policymakers to UT's campus, including former and current Secretaries of Defense, Directors of the CIA, Pulitzer-prize winners, and senior intelligence officials.

Publications[edit]

Inboden is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, 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, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Sky News, BBC, and CNN.

Books and Book Chapters[edit]

(Co-Author with Peter Feaver: "A Strategic Planning Cell on National Security at the White House," in Avoiding Trivia: The Role of Strategic Planning in American Foreign Policy, edited by Daniel Drezner, Brookings Institution Press, 2009.

Articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Inboden - Clements Center for National Security". www.clementscenter.org. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  2. ^ "Inboden, William Charles | Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs". lbj.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  3. ^ "William Inboden". www.strausscenter.org. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  4. ^ "Policy Wonks for Christ". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  5. ^ "Congressional Record - 105th Congress (1997-1998) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  6. ^ "Dissertations by year, 2000-2009". of History. history.yale.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  7. ^ "William Inboden - Clements Center for National Security". www.clementscenter.org. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  8. ^ Legatum. "The United Kingdom Ranks 12th in Legatum Prosperity Index, Ahead of Germany and France /PR Newswire UK/". www.prnewswire.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  9. ^ "Foreign Policy Expert Will Inboden to Join Strauss Center". UT News | The University of Texas at Austin. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  10. ^ "Inboden, William Charles | Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs". lbj.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  11. ^ Roberts, Elizabeth. "LBJ School students recognize Strauss Distinguished Scholars with Faculty Appreciation Awards | strauss news". www.strausscenter.org. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  12. ^ "William Inboden | The German Marshall Fund of the United States". www.gmfus.org. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  13. ^ "William Inboden". berkleycenter.georgetown.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  14. ^ "William Inboden - Clements Center for National Security". www.clementscenter.org. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  15. ^ "Who We Are - Clements Center for National Security". www.clementscenter.org. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  16. ^ "Robert Gates Stresses Study of History at Clements Center Gala". The Alcalde. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2016-06-01.