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The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Jeremi Suri to the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs.

The Chair, named in honor of Coach Brown for his leadership on and off the field, was created to bring the highest profile leaders in international scholarship and policymaking to the University of Texas to inspire and instruct the next generation of global leaders. Dr. Suri was recruited as part of the Strauss Center’s “cluster hire” initiative, an innovative recruitment program established to attract creative thinkers whose work transcends disciplinary boundaries and has a real world impact. Dr. Suri will also have a joint appointment in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the University of Texas at Austin Department of History.

"Jeremi Suri is one of the nation’s foremost scholars on global affairs and one of the leading international historians of his generation,” said Francis J. Gavin, the Director of the Strauss Center and Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at the LBJ School. “He is the perfect addition to our growing world-class team of scholars and practitioners. We believe his joint appointment in history and public affairs, and his leadership of our new ‘History and Policy’ program signals the Center’s commitment to innovative, interdisciplinary, and policy-relevant scholarship and teaching.

Robert Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School, expressed his excitement at the appointment of Suri to the school’s faculty. “His reputation as one of the most highly regarded experts of international history and American foreign policy is complemented by his bold, innovative leadership style,” said Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School. “We are fortunate to have such a youthful, distinguished scholar, visionary, and tireless professor as part of the dynamic team at the school and Center.”

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is a non-partisan research center at The University of Texas at Austin dedicated to promoting multidisciplinary, policy-relevant scholarship on the most pressing problems in international affairs. Suri joins other world class scholars and practitioners recruited to the Center over the past two years, including Celeste Gventer, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Senior Defense Analyst at RAND, Bobby Chesney, the Charles I. Francis Professor of Law, Catherine Weaver, award-winning author and expert on global governance, and William Inboden, formerly the Senior Vice President of the Legatum Institute and the Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council.

Suri comes to the University of Texas from the University of Wisconsin, where he was the E. Gordon Fox Professor of History, the Director of the European Union Center of Excellence, and the Director of the Grand Strategy Program.

"The Strauss Center uniquely positions Austin and the University of Texas to become a leader in re-making American foreign policy for the twenty-first century. The interdisciplinary mix of cutting edge scholars, the integration of distinguished policy practitioners, and the culture of practical inquiry nurtured by the Center have already expanded our understanding of contemporary international challenges and opportunities,” said Suri, who will officially join the center in Fall 2011.

Suri possesses not only a stellar academic record, but has excelled as a teacher, scholar, institution builder, and a leader. He has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, and Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences in 2007. He is the author of four books, including the widely acclaimed biography of one of America’s most distinguished diplomats, Henry Kissinger and the American Century (Harvard University Press, 2007). His latest book, Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from Washington to Obama, will be the Free Press/ Simon and Schuster's lead non-fiction release in the fall of 2011.

"Jeremi Suri is, in my view, the most impressive young professor of international history in the country. I'm proud to have had him as my student, and am even prouder to learn that he'll now be joining the faculty of my alma mater, the University of Texas. This is a major coup for the History Department, the LBJ School, and the Strauss Center, and I couldn't be more pleased,” said John Lewis Gaddis, Professor of History and Director of the Brady-Johnson Grand Strategy Program at Yale University.

Larry Temple, Chairman of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, underscored the significance of naming Suri to the Mack Brown Chair in the Strauss Center and bringing him to UT. "Mack Brown's name stands for leadership and innovation and for bringing people from different worlds together to form a successful team. By recruiting Dr. Suri, the Strauss Center is once again fulfilling its mission to bring the best talent to Texas to inspire the next generation of leaders and generate solutions to the most pressing global problems we face. This is an important win for our University."

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