William Inboden is a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin. He is a Non-Resident Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and will also serve as Executive Director of the William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House, where he worked on a range of foreign policy issues including the National Security Strategy, democracy and governance, contingency planning, counter-radicalization, and multilateral institutions and initiatives. Inboden also worked at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and a Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom, and has worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.
Inboden has also served as Senior Vice President of the London-based Legatum Institute, and as a Civitas Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and BBC. He has lectured widely in academic and policy settings, and received numerous research and professional development fellowships. He is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment (Cambridge University Press). Inboden received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from Yale University, and his A.B. from Stanford University.
- "Diversity Under Freedom: Reinhold Niebuhr and the Transatlantic Community," German Marshall Fund, July 2012.
- Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- "American Foreign Policy is Already Post-Partisan," Foreign Affairs, with Joshua W. Busby and Jonathan Monten, May 30, 2012.
- "Obama Begins Commemoration of Vietnam Era," The New York Times, May 28, 2012.
- "Blind Dissident Chen Guangcheng Aggravates US-China Relations," Public Radio International, May 3, 2012.
- "The Atlantic Charter's enduring relevance," German Marshall Fund, August 11, 2011.
- At Issue with Ben Merens, Wisconsin Public Radio, May 19, 2011.
- "Bin Laden raid reflects improved U.S. intelligence," the Austin American Statesman, May 7, 2011.
- "Libya and the Facile Misuse of History," German Marshall Fund, March 14, 2011.
- Frequent Shadow Government blog contributor for Foreign Policy.