• 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 the National Security Council and a history of totalitarian ideologies and religious intolerance.

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


Media MentionJune 9, 2017
The Texas Ten

Will Inboden, an associate professor of public affairs and the director of the Clements Center for National Security, is among this year’s Texas Ten.

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Media MentionMay 23, 2017

Around the world, people are sharing expressions of outrage, concern and solidarity with the people of Manchester, England. Dr. William Inboden served as the senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, and is currently Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. Inboden says it is too early to draw conclusions about the details of the attack, but the targets were shocking.

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Media MentionMay 1, 2017
Trump is spontaneously re-writing America's foreign policy playbook

Autocratic leaders who may have had strained relationships with past US presidential administrations due to dubious human-rights records appear to have a new ally in the White House. LBJ Professor Will Inboden discusses. 

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