International Relations and Policy Analysis

Stephen Slick

Professor of Public Policy Practice; Director, Intelligence Studies Project

Stephen Slick was appointed in January 2015 as director of The University of Texas at Austin's Intelligence Studies Project and clinical professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Before moving to Austin, he served for 28 years in the CIA's clandestine service, including five assignments abroad. Between 2005 and 2009, he was a special assistant to the president and the senior director for intelligence programs and reform on the staff of the National Security Council. He received a B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and a Master in Public Policy degree from Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs.

Jeremi Suri

Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs; Professor of Public Affairs and History

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Dr. Suri is the author and editor of eleven books on contemporary politics and foreign policy, most recently Civil War By Other Means: America's Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy. His other books include The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office; Henry Kissinger and the American Century; Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama; and Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy (with Robert Hutchings).

Dr. Suri writes for major newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Fortune, The American Prospect and Wired — as well as for various online sites and blogs. He is a popular public lecturer, and appears frequently on radio and television.

Dr. Suri teaches courses on strategy and decision-making, leadership, globalization, international relations and modern history. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, and he teaches and serves as academic director for the Executive Master in Public Leadership program (EMPL) at LBJ. His research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the arts and sciences. In 2018 he received the Pro Bene Meritis Award for Contributions to the Liberal Arts. In the same year also received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lorinc Redei

Associate Professor of Instruction; Assistant Dean for Academics

Lorinc Redei joined the LBJ School as a full-time lecturer in 2013. He has since been promoted to Associate Professor of Instruction, served as the Graduate Advisor for the Global Policy Studies Program, and is now the School’s Assistant Dean for Academics. He teaches courses on International Relations, Policy-Making, and the European Union, and also runs the biennial Global Crisis Simulation exercise. Dr. Redei has previously taught at Southwestern University, and served as a press officer for foreign affairs topics in the European Parliament, the directly elected legislature of the European Union. He writes about European politics, the European Union—especially its foreign and security policy—and the role of the European Parliament in this field and in parliamentary diplomacy.

Robert Hutchings

Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs

Robert Hutchings is a professor emeritus of public affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and he served as dean of the school from 2010 to 2015. Before coming to UT, he was diplomat in residence at Princeton University, where he also served as assistant dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and as faculty chair of its Master in Public Policy program. His combined academic and diplomatic career has included service as director for European affairs with the National Security Council, special adviser to the secretary of state with the rank of ambassador, and chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Ambassador Hutchings served earlier in his career as deputy director of Radio Free Europe and on the faculty of the University of Virginia. He is author or editor of six books, including American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War, along with many articles and book chapters on U.S. foreign policy and European affairs. His most recent book, written and edited with Jeremi Suri, is Modern Diplomacy in Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Catherine Weaver

Associate Professor of Public Affairs

Catherine (Kate) Weaver is associate dean for academic strategies and associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is a distinguished scholar and founder of the Next Generation Scholars Program at the Strauss Center for International Security & Law. She serves on the UT Faculty Council, and previously served as Chair of Graduate Assembly, member of the Faculty Council Executive Committee, Chair of the President's Award for Global Learning Steering Committee, and as a member of the Truman Fellowship Committee. She previously served as LBJ's associate dean for students and graduate advisor for the Ph.D. and MGPS programs.

Dr. Weaver researches transparency in international development aid, reforming global economic governance, and the politics of data. She has developed methods to track and dynamically geomap aid and climate adaptation, and is completing two book projects: Transparency Traps: Global Development and the Politics of Open Data and Global Governance and Representation in the 21st Century. She also leads the Global Indices Network (GIN) project.

Dr. Weaver co-directs (with Drs. Mike Findley, Daniel Nielson, and Rachel Wellhausen) Innovations for Peace and Development, an interdisciplinary research lab devoted to alleviating global poverty and peacebuilding. She works closely with the Eleanor Crook Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of Bread for the World and the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty.

Dr. Weaver is author of the award-winning Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform (Princeton University Press), and numerous articles and book chapters in outlets such as International Organization, Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Organizations, Ethics and International Affairs, Global Governance, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press. She is co-editor of Handbook of Global Economic Governance (with Manuela Moschella, Routledge) and International Political Economy and the Transatlantic Divide (with Nicola Phillips, Routledge).

Alan J. Kuperman

Associate Professor of Public Affairs

Alan J. Kuperman teaches in the Master of Global Policy Studies program and is founding coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project. His research focuses on ethnic conflict, military intervention and nuclear nonproliferation. His latest books are Plutonium for Energy? and Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa, and his recent articles include "Obama's Libya Debacle" and "Muscular Mediation and Ripeness Theory." In 2013, he was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and in 2009 he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, both in Washington, DC. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Kuperman was resident assistant professor and coordinator of the international relations program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Kuperman worked as legislative director for U.S. Rep. Charles Schumer (D-NY), as a legislative assistant for U.S. Speaker of the House Thomas Foley (D-WA), as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. James Scheuer (D-NY), as a senior policy analyst for the nongovernmental Nuclear Control Institute, and as a fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Bobby R. Inman,

Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy Emeritus Professor

Adm. Bobby R. Inman became an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He was appointed a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in August 2001. He served as interim dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2005 and again from January 2009 to March 2010. Inman served in the U.S. Navy from November 1951 to July 1982, retiring with the permanent rank of admiral. On active duty he served as director of the National Security Agency and as deputy director of Central Intelligence.

After retirement from the Navy, Inman was chairman and CEO of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) in Austin, Texas, for four years and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Westmark Systems Inc., a privately owned electronics industry holding company, for three years. Inman also served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 1987 through 1990.

His primary business activity since 1990 has been investing in startup technology companies, serving as managing director of Gefinor Ventures and Limestone Capital Advisors. He serves as a trustee of the American Assembly and the California Institute of Technology. Inman is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Joshua W. Busby

Professor of Public Affairs

Joshua Busby is a distinguished scholar at the Strauss Center, nonresident fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a senior research fellow at the Center for Climate & Security. He was on leave in 2021–22 serving as a Senior Advisor for Climate at the U.S. Department of Defense and is serving in a part-time capacity in that role through June 2023.

Dr. Busby has published widely on climate change, global health, transnational advocacy movements and U.S. foreign policy for various think tanks and academic journals, including International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies and Perspectives on Politics. His first book, Moral Movements and Foreign Policy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. His second book, AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations, with co-author Ethan Kapstein, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 and won the 2014 Don K. Price Award (the American Political Science Association's award for the best book on science, technology and environmental politics).

Dr. Busby was one of the lead researchers on a five-year, $7.6 million project funded by the Department of Defense called "Climate Change and African Political Stability" (CCAPS). He is the principal investigator of another DOD-funded project, "Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia" (CEPSA) — a three-year, $1.9 million grant. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his Ph.D. in political science in 2004 from Georgetown University.

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