Inboden, William Charles | 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


NewsOctober 16, 2017
LBJ Students Attend Texas National Security Forum

The LBJ School of Public Affairs co-sponsored the fourth annual Texas National Security Forum at The University of Texas at Austin. Presented by the Intelligence Studies Project, the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and the Clements Center for National Security, “Alliances and Partnerships in American National Security” drew leading experts on defense, intelligence, diplomacy and international financial policy and featured keynote speaker Michael Pompeo, current CIA director.

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Media MentionAugust 14, 2017
Our Missing President

In short, this past week served reminder of why the presidency remains a singularly important office, and why temperament, character, and convictions matter as much in a president as do particular issue stances and personnel selections. To our nation’s detriment, on these grounds President Trump failed in both of his tests. He did not act like a president at moments when we needed a president the most, writes LBJ professor and Clements Center Director Will Inboden. 

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Media MentionJuly 5, 2017
Who Is Theresa May and What Does She Stand For?

LBJ Professor Will Inboden discusses Theresa May's campaign. 

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