University of Texas at Austin, Clements Center for National Security
Summer Seminar in History and Statecraft
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Texas, United States|
Policymakers frequently attempt to draw on historical knowledge to gain perspective on contemporary
national security issues. Meanwhile, historians and other scholars frequently comment on present-day decision-
making problems and sometimes aspire to influence policy debates. Yet policymakers and scholars
generally occupy separate intellectual and institutional universes. Especially in recent years, they have
had little to say to one another. The result, arguably, has been the impoverishment of both communities.
Each July, the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin convenes a weeklong seminar for
current doctoral students focused on the connections between statecraft and history. The seminar will feature in-depth discussions
with top scholars and senior policymakers and intelligence officials, as well as sessions devoted to academic publishing
and strategies for approaching the academic and policy job markets. Each day will also have recreational time for
participants to enjoy the mountain surroundings.
Sessions will examine the ways in which policymakers have used or misused historical knowledge in the past, and how different
scholarly disciplines approach history. Sessions will also ask how policymakers should use history and what methods
might be available for refining the use of the past in decision-making. The seminar will also examine the problem from the
other direction, examining how scholars might be more productive and influential voices in deliberations on foreign and
defense policy. When have historians and other social scientists played a useful role in the past? What insights might be
drawn from those cases?
Elizabeth Doughtie: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Primary Category:||World History / Studies