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, DC, 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 serves on the CIA's Historical Advisory Panel and State Department's Historical Advisory Committee.

Dr. Inboden previously served as senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council, worked on the State Department's Policy Planning Staff and served as a congressional staff member. His 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, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The Weekly Standard and USA Today, and on 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 most recent book, on the Reagan administration's national security policies, is The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan in the White House and the World (2022).

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


NewsSeptember 24, 2021
Strauss and Clements announce the launch of the Asia Policy Program

The Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint program at The University of Texas at Austin: the Asia Policy Program.

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Media MentionFebruary 8, 2021
Was George Shultz America's best secretary of state?

With George Shultz, the United States has lost its greatest secretary of state since Dean Acheson, the architect of the post-World War II global order under President Harry S. Truman. If that claim seems surprising, it should also prompt a fresh appraisal of Shultz's extraordinary record.

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Media MentionJanuary 8, 2021
An 'angry' Pence navigates the fallout of his rupture with Trump over election, Capitol riots

In President Donald Trump’s final days, he has presented similar honors to California Rep. Devin Nunes, one of his most vocal supporters during impeachment, and to three professional golfers. To his vice president, Trump bestowed the label of coward.

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