Event Details

Join PCFR for a dinner and program with distinguished scholar, national security expert, and professor Dr. William Inboden on March 2, 2023, at the Paradise Valley Country Club.

"The world is mired in history again," wrote Dr. Inboden in a recent piece. With a doctorate from Yale in History and expertise in national security policy, Dr. Inboden will discuss how understanding history can improve government and national policy.

Dr. Inboden will also discuss his research into how President Ronald Reagan's White House waged the Cold War while managing multiple crises around the globe and how the 1980s shaped the world today. All of which has been published in his new book, "The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink". David A. Merkel, Managing Director of Summit International Advisors, LLC will moderate the conversation.

Dr. Inboden will sign copies of his book during the reception and following the program. Books will be available for purchase at the event.


  • Dr. William Inboden (Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair of The Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin)

    Dr. William Inboden

    Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair of The Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin


    Dr. William Inboden is Executive Director and William Powers, Jr. Chair at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin. He also serves as Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas National Security Review. Inboden’s other current roles include Associate with the National Intelligence Council, member of the CIA’s Historical Advisory Panel, member of the State Department’s Historical Advisory Council, Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum, Steering Committee for the Reagan Institute Strategy Group, and member of the Advisory Board for the Vandenberg Coalition. 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, strategic forecasting, 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 head of the London-based Legatum Institute, and as a Civitas Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and his commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Politico, The Hill, World, Weekly Standard, NPR, CNN, and BBC. He has lectured widely in academic and policy settings, testified before the U.S. House Armed Services Committee and the US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and received numerous research and professional development fellowships. Inboden is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment (Cambridge University Press), co-editor of The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq (Cornell University Press), co-editor of Hand-Off: The Foreign Policy That George W. Bush Bequeathed to Barack Obama (Brookings Institution Press), and has published numerous articles and book chapters on national security, American foreign policy, and American history. His book on the Reagan Administration’s national security policy, titled The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, The Cold War, and the World on the Brink, is forthcoming in November, 2022 with Dutton, a Penguin Random House imprint.

    Professor Inboden has received multiple teaching awards including recognition as a “Texas 10” by the Texas Exes Alumni Association, selection as “Lecturer of the Year” at the LBJ School, and his classes Presidential Decision-making in National Security and Ethics and International Affairs have been voted as "Best Class in the LBJ School" and “Class Most Likely to Challenge Your Assumptions.” Inboden received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from Yale University, and his A.B. in history with honors from Stanford University. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two sons, and is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

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  • David A. Merkel (Managing Director of Summit International Advisors, LLC)

    David A. Merkel

    Managing Director of Summit International Advisors, LLC

    David A. Merkel is the managing director of Summit International Advisors, LLC. His expertise includes United States foreign policy, the geopolitics of energy, the Belt and Road Initiative, Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

    David A. Merkel has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Director for South and Central Asian Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House, Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. He also served as international counsellor to the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), senior professional staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior foreign and defense policy adviser to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.

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5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration Opens/Book Signing
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Dr. William Inboden's Book Will Be Available for Purchase

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

With decades of hindsight, the peaceful end of the Cold War seems a foregone conclusion. But in the early 1980s, most experts believed the Soviet Union was strong, stable, and would last into the next century. Ronald Reagan entered the White House with no certainty of what would happen next, only an overriding faith in democracy and an abiding belief that Soviet communism—and the threat of nuclear war—must end.


The Peacemaker reveals how Reagan's White House waged the Cold War while managing multiple crises around the globe. Based on thousands of pages of newly-declassified documents and interviews with senior Reagan officials, The Peacemaker brims with fresh insights into one of America's most consequential presidents. Along the way, it shows how the pivotal decade of the 1980s shaped the world today.


PCFR Members
Standard Price $75
PCFR Corporate Members
Member Price $75
General Public
Standard Price $100
Corporate Table with 10 Tickets
Standard Price $1,000


Paradise Valley Country Club

7101 N Tatum Blvd
Paradise Valley, Arizona

If you have any questions please contact Samuel Richardson

Contact Organizer

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