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September 21, 2012 - News

This issue of how to best prepare students is at the forefront of national and state debates. Global competitors continue to surpass the United States in areas of education and labor force measures. Growing high school drop out rates, among other striking statistics, bring the debate about how to objectively measure student achievement to the forefront. LBJ School faculty continue to inform the debate with rigorous and innovative education policy research.

September 19, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:00pm

September 18, 2012 - News

Just as the November elections are heating up, The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization, brought its second annual Texas Tribune Festivalto The University of Texas at Austin campus. Spread over three days, the event featured a full weekend of debate, discussion and dialogue featuring some of the biggest names in the world of politics and public policy, including chairs of major committees in the Texas House and Senate. Among the university faculty invited to participate as presenters and moderators, four LBJ School faculty members, including two research center directors, were asked to help shape the dialogue of several policy panels,


September 17, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm

September 11, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

September 8, 2012 - News

 In a ceremony that took place this summer, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Eugene Gholz received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Medal, one of the highest awards the Secretary of Defense can bestow on a private citizen. The award was presented for the contributions

September 6, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 8:00am

August 30, 2012 - News

The LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance and GOVERNING Texas will host the annual Texas Leadership Forum on Sept. 6. The event will feature a keynote address by Bill Benjamin, executive coach and emotional intelligence expert.

August 27, 2012 - News

<p>Neil Armstrong lived the American dream. His life should inspire us to make that dream a reality again today. We have many challenges, but our society still has so much more than it did when Armstrong began his journey that took him from small town Ohio to the moon. </p>

August 22, 2012 - News

The largest incoming class in LBJ School history will begin classes on August 29. The incoming class of 2012 includes 156 master’s students and three PhD students hailing from 26 states in the United States and 10 other countries: Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Pakistan and Slovenia.

August 14, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Austin Alumni Chapter 2012 Welcome Happy Hour at Hugo's Restaurant & Tequila Bar

August 9, 2012 - News

LBJ School Professor Jeremi Suri Leads Weeklong Workshop Focusing on Historical Development of US Foreign Policy

Through a weeklong Gilder Lehrman seminar on American History, LBJ School and Department of History Professor Jeremi Suri helped 29 K-12 educators sharpen their teaching methods with lectures, readings and tours of historical archives and book collections.

Held July 29 through August 3, the seminar examined the historical development of American foreign policy. From the nation’s emergence as a world power in the late 19th century through the contemporary War on Terror, Suri led teachers and library instructors through America’s most transformative nation-building events.

August 2, 2012 - News

Recent LBJ School graduate Eric Borden is the recipient of a German Chancellor Fellowship and will be spending the next year in Germany working on a research project of his own design focusing on renewable energy.


August 1, 2012 - News

BY Sherri Greenberg, Director of the LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance

It was a night of insurgents and upsets. At the top of the ballot, Ted Cruz, former Texas solicitor general, rode his wave of enthusiasm to victory last night, defeating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate. The Cruz victory grabbed headlines nationwide as a decisive Tea Party victory in the second most populous state in the country. Cruz will face the winner of the Democratic runoff, Paul Sadler, in November, but in this red state, Cruz is the presumptive favorite.

July 30, 2012 - News

LBJ School faculty and students explored the question "Is America in Decline?" for the  National Intelligence Council (NIC) blog series, "Global Trends 2030".  Global Trends 2030  explores selected selected topics to be raised in the NIC's upcoming Global Trends 2030 publication. The blog was guest edited by LBJ School Professor William Inboden.

July 30, 2012 - News

BY William Inboden, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
This article originally appeared in National Intelligence Council's blog "Global Trends 2030" on July 27, 2012.

Lamenting American decline is as American as, to borrow a phrase, baseball and apple pie. As the Yale historian Harry Stout has shown, even before the United States was a nation, as early as the 17th century Puritan ministers in New England regularly warned their flocks against the dangers of “declension” from their spiritual commitments and their calling to forge a new society. Such jeremiads a century before the founding of the American nation seem to have been subsequently hardwired into our national DNA. More recently, as Celeste Ward Gventer and Joseph Joffe have pointed out, the US has, almost like clockwork, every decade undergone hand-wringing over our looming decline – anxieties that, not coincidentally, occurred alongside America’s ascent to global superpower status. So the 1950s brought Sputnik and worries of the lost American edge in science and technology; the 1960s had the “missile gap” and descent into the Vietnam quagmire; the 1970s witnessed the oil embargo, recession and inflation, and declining global influence; the 1980s saw the rise of Japan as the dynamic economic competitor, and so on. Every decade, it seems, Americans fret that our nation is in decline.

July 30, 2012 - News

BY Catherine Weaver, Associate Professor of Public Affairs
This article originally appeared in National Intelligence Council's blog "Global Trends 2030" on July 27, 2012.

Robert Keohane, in a recent Foreign Affairs review article, warns that pundits pondering US decline inevitably draw the wrong conclusions when they neglect the broader institutional context in which US power, for better or worse, is firmly substantiated. He is absolutely right. One of the key lessons instilled in any student of international relations of the 20th century is that hegemonic power is often embedded in and exercised through international organizations. These multilateral organizations lock in systems of global governance that preserve the influence of their creator states even when their relative power wanes. One need only look briefly at the history of venerable postwar international institutions to observe how these organizations have served US interests in the world over the past several decades.

July 30, 2012 - News

BY Adam Parker, Master of Global Policy Studies student
This article originally appeared in National Intelligence Council's blog "Global Trends 2030" on July 26, 2012.

In international relations, measures of power are usually relative. Depending on the measure or definition of power, however, this relativity can be quite different. This has important implications for any discussion of American decline. One way to think about this is to attempt to measure aggregate capabilities: what can a given state do? This is a relative measure because the answer to the question depends on the powers of other states (Liechtenstein can’t successfully invade Germany, for instance). The second way to think about power would be to compare these aggregate capabilities: what can a state do that another state can’t? These two measures are distinct, but discussions about American decline often fail to adequately separate them.

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