Inboden, William | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in History, Yale University
  • M.Phil. in History, Yale University
  • M.A. in History, Yale University
Research Areas
  • National Security Policy and Grand Strategy
  • American Presidency and National Security Policy
  • Religion, International Religious Freedom and Foreign Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • International Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Intelligence and National Security

William Inboden joined the LBJ School faculty after many years of working as a policymaker in Washington, D.C., and directing a foreign policy think tank overseas. He is the William Powers, Jr. Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security and a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He is also a National Intelligence Council associate and is on the CIA Director’s Historical Review Panel. He previously served as senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council, he worked on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and he served as a congressional staff member. Inboden’s think-tank experience includes the American Enterprise Institute and running the London-based Legatum Institute. He is a Council on Foreign Relations life member and a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The Weekly Standard, NPR, CNN and BBC. His classes, Ethics & International Relations and Presidential Decision-Making in National Security, have been selected in recent years as the "Best Class in the LBJ School." His current research includes American grand strategy, a history of Reagan Administration national security policy, and a history of totalitarian ideologies and religious intolerance.

Media Expertise
  • National Security
  • U.S. Foreign Policy


Media MentionJuly 23, 2018
Religious persecution is on the rise. It’s time for policymakers and academics to take notice.

Associate Professor of Public Affairs Wiliam Inboden and doctoral student Ashlyn Webb of the LBJ School of Public Affairs write in Foreign Policy about the rise of religious persecution in America, and urge academics and policymakers to intervene. 

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Media MentionJuly 3, 2018
Expert: 'No surprise' North Korea is still investing in weapons programs

“The Trump administration has been giving us some happy talk about progress with North Korea but the evidence seems to show that it’s going in a different direction," Associate Professor William Inboden of the LBJ School of Public Affairs told the Texas Standard. 

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Media MentionJune 26, 2018
Washington Needs a New Solarium Project To Counter Cyberthreats

In a co-authored piece for Foreign Policy, William Inboden, Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair for the Clements Center for National Security, and an associate professor at The LBJ School of Public Affairs, discusses the Solarium Project's impact on countering the nuclear threat of the 1950s, and how a new Solarium-like commission could be the key to defending against today's cyber threat. 

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