Does the US response to the on-going Syrian crisis show that the US is retreating from its long-held role as the world's policeman? Has the foreign policy of the Obama Administriation differed significantly from that of the Bush Administration? Does the world even need the US military to preserve peace and uphold liberty? William Inboden will provide a comparative overview of the Bush and Obama Administration foreign policies, examining how they responded to the shocks and transitions of major events including the 9/11 attacks, the "Color Revolutions", the global economic crisis, nuclear proliferation, and the Arab Awakening.

William Inboden, Executive Director, William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft, University of Texas-Austin

Nathan Gamester, Programme Director of the Legatum Prosperity IndexTM, Legatum Institute

Friday 18th October 2013, 12:30pm-2:00pm
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About the Speaker
William Inboden is Executive Director of the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft at the University of Texas-Austin. He also serves as Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Distinguished Director at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House and has also worked at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. Inboden also served as Senior Vice President of the Legatum Institute between 2007 - 2010.

He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his commentary has been published in leading outlets. Inboden is also the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment (Cambridge University Press).