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Albritton Center for Grand Strategy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
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Past News & Events


Albritton Center for Grand Strategy
Jan
17

The paper shows that world leaders with business experience make smaller contributions to collective defense than their non-business counterparts


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Jan
7

Prof. Kimberly Field, CGS Executive Director, and Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs, , Professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of History and CGS faculty affiliate, argue for a more clearly defined U.S. grand strategy in their article “Why Did the U.S. Kill Suleimani?” in The New York Times.


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Nov
18

Dr. Aileen Teague, who will begin her appointment as Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Bush School in the 2020-21 academic year, was recently published in the Washington Post. Teague’s article, “Why Abruptly Abandoning the Drug War is a Bad Idea for Mexico,” can be read online here.


Dr. Jasen J. Castillo
Nov
14

Dr. Jasen J. Castillo, Academic Director of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, recently briefed the faculty of the Batten School of Public Policy and members of the intelligence community at the University of Virginia on his book, Endurance and War: The National Sources of Military Cohesion. For more information about Castillo’s book, please click here.


Dr. Fritz Bartel
Nov
1

With the support of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, Dr. Fritz Bartel cohosted a conference at Yale University marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the Cold War. Along with Professor Nuno Monteiro of Yale’s Department of Political Science, Bartel welcomed twenty leading historians and political scientists to New Haven to discuss the latest scholarly research on the end of the Cold War and the legacies of the Cold War’s end for American grand strategy and contemporary international politics. The conference agenda can be found online here.


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Oct
31

Dr. Castillo’s article, “Don’t Leave Grand Strategy to the Generals,” was the lead article in The National Interest on October 31, 2019. The article can be read online at https://nationalinterest.org/feature/don%E2%80%99t-leave-grand-strategy-generals-92511.


Foote Brose Lecture Poster
Oct
24-26

Lorien Foote was the 2019 Brose Distinguished Lecturer at the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State. She gave a three-night lecture series entitled “Civilization and Savagery in the American Civil War: Retaliation and the Conduct of Campaigns.” During the Civil War, Union and Confederate officials used retaliation in every military campaign to negotiate what “civilized” war should look like in practice. The series illuminated how Americans conceived civilization and how the ritual of retaliation shaped the behavior of combatants.


Robert Ralston
Oct
23

Robert Ralston, the 2019-20 CGS Predoctoral Fellow, presented one of the chapters of his dissertation which addresses the ambiguity surrounding a great power’s decline in his talk “The Causes and Consequences of Declinism in Great Powers” on October 23, 2019. A full summary of the talk can be read at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/news/Spoolstra_Robert Ralston Summary.pdf.


U.S. Russia Converence
Oct
15

The Albritton Center for Grand Strategy and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs hosted the “Russia Policy under the Next U.S. President” conference to discuss policy concerns the next administration must address regarding Russia and their place in the world. The conference began with a riveting keynote speech by Dr. Evelyn Farkas, a Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund, followed by three panels debating the topics on whether Russia is driven by ideology, the future of the U.S.-Russia security relationship, and Russia’s political economy. The conference culminated in an insightful exchange of ideas and differing viewpoints that could prove beneficial to both current policymakers and the next administration. A full summary of the conference can be read online.


Albritton Center for Grand Strategy
Oct
11

The Albritton Center for Grand Strategy is pleased to announce the formation of a forum for Bush School students interested in examining current issues through a critical grand strategic perspective. The “From our Future Grand Strategists” forum will feature pieces written by Bush School students on the CGS home page. The first piece, written by Logan Wolff, can be read online here.


Dr. F. Gregory Gause, Dr. John Schuessler and Dr. Justin Bullock
Oct
8

The 2018-19 Academic Director for the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, Dr. John Schuessler, discussed US grand strategy under the Trump administration with Bush School Uncorked hosts Dr. Justin Bullock and Dr. F. Gregory Gause. To listen to the podcast online, please click here.


Dr. Adam Seipp
Oct
1
CGS Faculty Affiliate, Adam Seipp, Publishes Article in the Journal of Military History

Visionary Battle Scenes’: Reading Sir John Hackett’s The Third World War, 1977-85” by Dr. Adam Seipp appeared in the October 2019 issue of the Journal of Military History. Seipp’s article examines the writing and reception of retired British General John Hackett’s 1978 novel, which helped frame international discussion of national security and nuclear weapons.


Mark Bell
Sept
24

The Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, in conjunction with the Texas A&M Department of Political Science, welcomed Dr. Mark Bell, an assistant professor from the University of Minnesota, on Sept. 24, 3019. Bell’s lecture, “The Path Dependence of Nuclear Thinking: Grand Strategy, Nuclear Weapons, and the Absence of Evaluation,” discussed a research project he is currently working on. Professor Bell explains the relationship between nuclear weapons and a country’s grand strategy and turns the conventional wisdom upside down.” A full summary of the talk can be read online at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/news/Spoolstra_Mark Bell Lecture Summary.pdf.


Kershaw with Leaches and Ambassadors
Sept
19

: On September 19th, journalist and New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw gave a poignant talk on his latest bestselling book, The First Wave: The D- Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II. Many people study D-Day for its tactical, operational, and strategic effects; however, Kershaw tells the stories of nine of the most influential leaders on that beachhead and just beyond. A full summary of the talk can be read online at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/news/Spoolstra_Kershaw summary.pdf.


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Sept
10

The Albritton Center for Grand Strategy welcomed Dr. Michael Desch back to Aggieland to discuss his new book titled Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security. Prof. Desch, Professor of Political Science and the Director of International Security at the University of Notre Dame, discussed how his book explores the historical relationship between the “Ivy Tower” and government in addressing national security issues and what happened to cause the relationship to decline. Dr. Matthew Fuhrmann, Professor in the Department of Political Science here at Texas A&M University, offered his comments and rebuttal to Prof. Desch’s claims. A full summary of the lecture can be read online at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/events/Desch_Summary_Spoolstra.pdf. and a paper detailing the policy implications of Dr. Desch’s talk is available at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/events/Desch_Policy Implications Paper.pdf.


American Umpire Poster

American Umpire, a film based on the book by Elizabeth Cobbs published in 2013, will air on Sept. 28 and 29, 2019. Check local PBS stations for broadcast times. For more information about the film, please visit http://www.americanumpire.com/#home.


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SEPT
3

Dr. Aileen Teague’s article, “The United States, Mexico, and the Mutual Securitization of Drug Enforcement, 1969 – 1985,” is the lead article in the November 2019 issue of Diplomatic History. Teague will join the CGS team as an Assistant Professor in International Affairs at the Bush School in the 2020-21 academic year. To read her article online, visit https://academic.oup.com/dh/article/43/5/785/5559305


American flag with compass symbol
Aug
28

John Schuessler, CGS Academic Director and Bush School professor of International Affairs, co-authored “The Shadow of Exit from NATO” with former Bush School colleague Joshua Shifrinson, professor of International Relations at Boston University. The article, published in the Fall 2019 issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly, can be read here.


Sec Studies Cover
Jun
10
F. Gregory Gause Publishes Article in Security Studies

Dr. Gregory Gause, Head of the Bush School’s Department of International Affairs and CGS Faculty Affiliate, published “’Hegemony’ Compared: Great Britain and the United States in the Middle East” in Security Studies. The article can be read here.


Brief Cover page
May
30
CGS Faculty Affiliate Dr. Andrew L. Ross Co-Authors Research Brief

Andrew L. Ross, with Tai Ming Cheung and Thomas G. Mahnken, is the author of “Assessing the State of Understanding of Defense Innovation,” a SITC (Study of Innovation and Technology in China) Research Brief, published by the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. This piece was also included in Tai Ming Cheung, ed., Leaders, Laggards, and Followers: The Global Competition for Defense Innovation, published by the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. The brief can be read here.


New Voices Event Poster
Apr
11

Jasen Castillo, Academic Director of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, published an article, “Passing the Torch: Criteria for Implementing a Grand Strategy of Offshore Balancing,” in the New Voices in Grand Strategy symposium produced by the Center for a New American Security. The article can be read here.


Berlin Airlift Event Poster
Apr
11

CGS hosted a two-day symposium commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The symposium kicked off on April 10th with a keynote address from Gen. Darren McDew, former commander of U.S. Transportation Command, delivered at the opening banquet. Attendees included Berlin Airlift pilot Col. Gail Halvorsen, known as the “Candy Bomber.” Symposium events the following day included three scholarly panels on the events of the Airlift, Germany in the early Cold War, and the legacies and lessons of the Airlift, respectively. The symposium concluded with a reception featuring an “Aggies in the Airlift” exhibit curated by the TAMU Libraries and the the Deputy Consul General from Houston German Consulate presenting Col. Halvorsen a gift in recognition of his service and heroic actions during the Airlift.


Cult of the Irrelevant Book cover
Sept
10

The Albritton Center for Grand Strategy welcomed Dr. Michael Desch back to Aggieland to discuss his new book titled Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security. Prof. Desch, Professor of Political Science and the Director of International Security at the University of Notre Dame, discussed how his book explores the historical relationship between the “Ivy Tower” and government in addressing national security issues and what happened to cause the relationship to decline. Dr. Matthew Fuhrmann, Professor in the Department of Political Science here at Texas A&M University, offered his comments and rebuttal to Prof. Desch’s claims. A full summary of the lecture can be read online at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/events/Desch_Summary_Spoolstra.pdf. and a paper detailing the policy implications of Dr. Desch’s talk is available at https://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/events/Desch_Policy Implications Paper.pdf.


Berlin Airlift Event Poster
Apr
11

CGS hosted a two-day symposium commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The symposium kicked off on April 10th with a keynote address from Gen. Darren McDew, former commander of U.S. Transportation Command, delivered at the opening banquet. Attendees included Berlin Airlift pilot Col. Gail Halvorsen, known as the “Candy Bomber.” Symposium events the following day included three scholarly panels on the events of the Airlift, Germany in the early Cold War, and the legacies and lessons of the Airlift, respectively. The symposium concluded with a reception featuring an “Aggies in the Airlift” exhibit curated by the TAMU Libraries and the the Deputy Consul General from Houston German Consulate presenting Col. Halvorsen a gift in recognition of his service and heroic actions during the Airlift.


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Jan
30

Dr. Elizabeth Saunders, Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, spoke to a full house at the Bush Library on Wednesday evening, January 30, 2019. Saunders’ lecture, based on her article “The Unconstrained Presidency,” published in the October/November 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs, discussed the gradual erosion of the limitations on US executive power in the decades since World War II and how that relatively unchecked power has become more visible in the actions of recent administrations. Saunders also talked about the significance of the 2018 midterm elections and resulting changes in Congress and identified some legislative measures that could help restrain the growing footprint of presidential power. However, Saunders noted, even the increasing public pushback against the current administration serves as a warning sign that the traditional constraint system remains broken, and any significant solution to the problem will be difficult to secure in today’s polarized political climate. The Bryan-College Station Eagle article on the event can be found here.


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Jan
29
Andrew Roberts Speaks to Bush School Students on Churchill and Grand Strategy

On January 29, 2019, the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy hosted a roundtable discussion with Andrew Roberts, British historian and acclaimed biographer of Winston Churchill, and several Bush School students. The group discussed lessons learned from Churchill’s experience as a wartime leader. Topics ranged from the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I to Churchill’s approach to alliances.


Admiral James Stavridis
Nov
28

Please join us for the kick-off event launching the new Bush School Center for Grand Strategy. The event will feature a talk by Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s 16th Supreme Allied Commander Europe and 15th Commander of the U.S. European Command (2009-2013), Head of U.S. Southern Command (2006-2009), Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News, Operating Executive Consultant.


Admiral James Stavridis
Sept
27

The Bush School and the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy hosted John J. Mearshemier, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, on Sept. 27, 2018. Mearsheimer spoke about his book, The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities. Find more information and video of the event athttps://bush.tamu.edu/grand-strategy/events/mearsheimer/







Past News



July
30

Dr. Jasen Castillo addressed questions pertaining to conditions that might facilitate nuclear escalation in a conventional conflict between the U.S. and Russia and how Russian nuclear strategy might affect its pursuit of foreign policy objectives. More information and video from the talk can be found online here.


Coercion Book cover

Dr. Jasen Castillo, CGS Academic Director, published a chapter titled “Deliberate Escalation: Nuclear Strategies to Deter or to Stop Convenitional Attacks” in Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018) edited by Kelly M. Greenhill and Peter Krause.


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Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Center for Grand Strategy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, is inviting applications to its residential fellowship program for the 2019-2020 academic year. The program will support one pre-doctoral and one post-doctoral fellow. The Center for Grand Strategy is particularly interested in scholars that are engaging with the fundamental questions surrounding grand strategy: How should the national interest be defined? What are the threats to the national interest? How should the United States use its power in response? Applications are invited from scholars of political science, history, and other relevant disciplines.

Download the Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships PDF for more information.


New Voices Event Poster
Apr
11

Jasen Castillo, Academic Director of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, published an article, “Passing the Torch: Criteria for Implementing a Grand Strategy of Offshore Balancing,” in the New Voices in Grand Strategy symposium produced by the Center for a New American Security. The article can be read here.


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Feb
5

Jasen Castillo, Academic Director of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy, was quoted in an article titled “Trump’s Decision to Nuke a Key US-Russia Treaty Fuels a Simmering Global Arms Race,” published in Mother Jones Magazine on February 5, 2019. You can find the article online here.


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Jan
29

An essay by Dr. John Schuessler, CGS Academic Director, titled “Democracy, War, and American Grand Strategy” was published in the Texas National Security Review on January 29, 2019. The essay, originally published as part of a roundtable in Taxing Wars: The American Way of War Finance and Decline of Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018) by Sarah Kreps, can be read online here.


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Retired four-star Navy admiral and former NATO commander James Stavridis spoke Wednesday night of the possibilities of global unrest, terrorism, global warming and potential international pandemics to underscore the importance of the Bush School's creation of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy.


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Center for Grand Strategy Director Jasen Castillo Co-authors RAND Studies

One the Center for Grand Strategy's directors, Jasen Castillo, co-authored two RAND studies that have been published in recent months, National Will to Fight: Why Some States Keep Fighting and Others Don't and Will to Fight: Analyzing, Modeling, and Simulating the Will to Fight of Military Units.


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The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently approved the naming of the Albritton Center for Grand Strategy (CGS) at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.


Book cover for Chaos in the Liberal Order

Bush School Professors F. Gregory Gause, III, and John Schuessler have chapters in a recently published book, Chaos in the Liberal Order: The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the Twenty-First.

Chapter 21, written by Professor F. Gregory Gause, III, dives into "Donald Trump and the Middle East."

Chapter 29, written by Professor John Schuessler, is titled, "Why Does Donald Trump Have So Much Trouble with the Truth?"


Matthew Fuhrmann

Dr. Matthew Fuhrmann, a Center for Grand Strategy Faculty Affiliate, was one of 21 Texas A&M scholars named as a 2018 Presidential Impact Fellow by TAMU President Michael K. Young and Provost and Executive Vice President Carol Fierke. Dr. Fuhrmann is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M University.


Lorien Foote
Faculty Affiliate Dr. Lorien Foote Named the Patricia & Bookman Peters Professor in History in August 2018

Dr. Foote is the author of four books, including The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners of War (2016), which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Manhood, Honor, and Violence in the Union Army (2010), which was a finalist and honorable mention for the 2011 Lincoln Prize, and Seeking the One Great Remedy: Francis George Shaw and Nineteenth-Century Reform (2003). She is the creator and principal investigator of the Digital Humanities Project “Fugitive Federals,” which visualizes the escape and movement of 3000 Federal prisoners of war during the American Civil War.


Contact

(979) 847-9330
bushschoolcgs@tamu.edu

Albritton Center for Grand Strategy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
1038 Allen Building
4220 TAMU College Station, Texas 77843-4220

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