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“No, Trump’s presidency won’t be unprecedented”

Tower Center Senior Fellow Jeffrey Engel and SMU Historian Aaron Crawford wrote an editorial in the Dallas Morning News Jan. 18, “No, Trump’s presidency won’t be unprecedented.” Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History, highlights similarities between former President Andrew Jackson … Continue reading

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Sabri Ates wins NEH grant to study historic pursuit of a Kurdish state

Tower Center Associate Sabri Ates was one of two SMU professors awarded National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship grants. Ates, associate professor in the Clements Department of History, is using the grant to write Sheikh Abdulqadir Nehri (d. 1925) and … Continue reading

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Senior Fellow Dr. Frederick Chang to be inducted to TAMEST

Tower Center Senior Fellow and Director of the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security Dr. Frederick Chang will be inducted as a member to The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST). “I am humbled by the prestigious … Continue reading

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Josh Rovner | “Donald Trump and the Future of Intelligence”

Tower Center Chair Joshua Rovner wrote an editorial looking at the long view of intelligence under Donald Trump’s administration and potential long-term consequences. He says the intelligence community’s challenge will be “how to avoid irrelevance without corrupting their organizational integrity.” … Continue reading

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“How the Boy Scouts, Texas and an oil giant shaped Rex Tillerson, Trump’s pick for Secretary of State”

President-elect Donald Trump picked Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state in his administration. Senate confirmation hearings begin this week for Trump’s cabinet picks, including Tillerson. Take a look at the Dallas Morning News’ article profiling Tillerson, featuring … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Engel | “The meaning of the ‘Four Freedoms’ speech 75 years later”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave what became to be known as the “Four Freedoms” speech 75 years ago today. In this speech he proposed four fundamental freedoms he felt everyone deserved: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want … Continue reading

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U.S.-Mexico business leaders to convince Trump of cross-border trade benefits

Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield was interviewed in the Dallas Morning News to discuss the bi-national coalition of business leaders he said is forming to convince President-elect Donald Trump of the benefits of cross-border trade. “You have powerful people … Continue reading

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Josh Rovner | The Politics of Intelligence

Tower Chair Joshua Rovner was interviewed on KERA Think Dec. 19 to discuss Donald Trump, the CIA and the ongoing controversy surrounding Russian influence of the presidential election. Trump has turned down the daily intelligence briefing, choosing instead to be … Continue reading

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Amb. Robert Jordan | “Tillerson fully understands American foreign policy priorities”

Tower Center Senior Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence Ambassador Robert Jordan was interviewed on FOX about President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. Controversy has surrounded the nomination with some Republican senators, such as Marco Rubio … Continue reading

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Josh Rovner | “Will Team Trump Politicize Intelligence”

Tower Chair Josh Rovner, author of Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence, wrote an editorial for War on the Rocks on President-elect Donald Trump and the CIA Dec. 15. Trump told Fox News that he doesn’t need the daily presidential … Continue reading

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