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The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • 4:00 PM–5:30 PM
  • Prince Conference Center Willow Room

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Dr. William Inboden will explore how Ronald Reagan and his national security team developed a multifaceted and successful Cold War strategy to win a peaceful victory over Soviet communism. In his recently published book, Inboden discusses how Reagan conceived of the Cold War as primarily a battle of ideas, and employed a combination of pressure and outreach to bring the Soviet Union to a negotiated surrender while reducing the risk of nuclear war. Inboden believes President Reagan's Christian faith and promotion of religious freedom played a particularly important role in the Cold War’s peaceful end.

Dr. Inboden is the Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin. He is an also Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas National Security Review. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the NSC at the White House. Inboden 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 as a Congressional staff member in both the US House and Senate. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the CIA Historical Advisory Panel and State Department Historical Advisory Council. 

The lecture is sponsored by the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics and by the Calvin University President's Office. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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