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Thursday, Feb 26, 2015




Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.124

The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015  |  12:15:00   |  Sid Richardson Hall Room 3.124

On Thursday February 25 the Strauss and Clements Centers welcomed UT Professor Dr. Bartholomew Sparrow to give a talk on his new book, The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security. Dr. Sparrow was introduced by Clements Center Associate Director Paul Miller, who praised Sparrow’s wide-ranging intellectual interests and his work on an important and understudied topic.

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Sparrow, who noted that the namesakes of both the Strauss and the Clements Center make an appearance in the book, focused on the role Scowcroft played in shaping foreign policy across multiple administrations both as National Security Advisor and in other roles. Sparrow argued that while many thought of Scowcroft simply as a policymaker, he was actually a strategic operator. Sparrow pointed out that while Scowcroft operated largely out of the public eye, President Ford relied on him as his most trusted foreign policy advisor while Henry Kissinger considered him a full partner.

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Sparrow argued that Scowcroft not only shaped the policy process in administrations he advised and served, he also left an enduring legacy as a model National Security Advisor. This legacy is rooted in Scowcroft’s ability to keep his eye on the ball, his objectiveness, his curiosity, his drive, and his propensity to constantly grow. As a strategist, Sparrow ultimately concluded that Scowcroft was unique in that he combined skilled coordination with shrewd strategic thinking and possessed the operational skills necessary to bear strategy out.

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His full remarks can be found below:

Bartholomew Sparrow studies American political development and, in particular, the conjunction between the American state and the international system at the University of Texas, Austin. He teaches courses on American territorial expansion, American political institutions and processes, American politics and government, political communication, and the politics of food in America. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, and has been awarded the Leonard D. White and the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha awards from the American Political Science Association. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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