The Strauss Center's program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) is a three-year research effort funded by the U.S. Department of Defense's Minerva Initiative, a university-based, social science research program focused on areas of strategic importance to national security policy. Bringing together researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Berkeley, Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project, and Development Gateway, CEPSA explores  the causes and dynamics of complex emergencies in Asia and options for building government capacity to prevent and respond to such situations.