About the Project

This website, last updated on August 1, 2008, is the product of a Policy Research Project, a year-long graduate course at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to the background information offered here, the project produced an analytical report estimating the physical, economic, and intangible impacts of attacks on tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. To view an executive summary of the report, click here.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law provided financial support for the project. Professor Eugene Gholz directed a working group of sixteen master's candidates at the LBJ School of Public Affairs: Casey Addis, Katie Brueckman, Anna Cherkasova, Nick Doughty, Shannon Dugan, Jacob Glowacki, Leslie Holmes, Marsha Lewis, John Losinger, Megan Montgomery, Colin Murphy, Crystal Stutes, Zach Walker, Piers Wendlandt, Anne Womer, and Sahar Zubairy. The students made material contributions in gathering and analyzing data, drafting web site content, and writing up the project report.

The Policy Research Project curriculum at the LBJ School enables students to perform interdisciplinary research on a real-world policy issue and helps them develop their research and presentation skills. Project members conducted original research, traveled to places such as London and the Middle East, and spoke with experts in areas such as insurance and military affairs.

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