Led by Professor William Inboden, former National Security Council official and author of the new history, The Peacemaker, this four-week course will examine how Ronald Reagan and his national security team confronted the Soviet Union, reduced the nuclear threat, won the Cold War, and supported the spread of freedom around the world.

Even as Reagan waged the Cold War, his administration faced multiple competing foreign policy crises — from the emergence of global terrorism to wars in the Middle East, the rise of Japan, the awakening of China, and proxy conflicts in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In studying how Reagan and his administration tackled these challenges, fellows will gain a stronger understanding of presidential leadership and how the pivotal decade of the 1980s shaped our world today.

Image: President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev signing the INF Treaty in the East Room of the White House, 1987, NARA


Will Inboden & H.R. McMaster on Reagan


William Inboden

William Inboden is Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House.

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