This month, Clements Center Director and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar William Inboden published the final installments in a four part series on the shortcomings of the Obama Administration's foreign policy on Foreign Policy's Shadow Government blog. The series, entitled The U.S. Needs a New Foreign Policy for 2016, outlines threats to American security and challenges for U.S. policy and proposes solutions for the future, and is co-authored with Dr. Kim R. Holmes of the Heritage Foundation. While installments one and two, covered here, outlined threats to U.S. security and identified global trends

Last week, Distinguished Scholar Jeremi Suri shared his views on how to evaluate the performance of past and current secretaries of state with NPR's Here and Now. According to Suri, there are two key questions for any potential secretary: “How do you see the world?” and “How can you improve the position of the U.S. in the world?” The best secretaries in U.S. history—Suri's list includes John Quincy Adams, John Hay, Henry Stimson, James Baker, and Henry Kissinger—did not simply manage crises that came their way,

It has been a decade since the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 ushered in a sweeping reorganization of the U.S. intelligence community, creating the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center.

Partnering with the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the University of Texas at Austin's Clements Center and Strauss Center hosted a multi-day gathering on "Intelligence Reform and Counterterrorism after a Decade: Are We Smarter and Safer?" from October 16-18, 2014. The conference examined what lessons have been learned and what challenges lie ahead. The event was a culmination of a large number of interviews and will be followed by a report with recommendations. It aims to be the most comprehensive and high-profile examination of the largest reorganization of the U.S. intelligence community in more than 50 years.

Video, audio, and images from the conference can be found below; more information on all of the speakers can be found here

The conference has now ended. We will be posting video from all sessions on our website in the coming weeks.

In an article for BBC News Magazine, Strauss Center Director and UT Law Professor Robert Chesney is quoted in a discussion about the origins of Khorasan, the militant group recently targeted by U.S. airstrikes in Syria. Chesney's comments are part of an ongoing debate over the group's origins and relationship to Al Qaeda, an issue he explored in greater detail while participating in a panel discussion at the Heritage Foundation.

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