Strauss Center News

Updates from the Strauss Center and our affiliated distinguished scholars and fellows



Klein Discusses Recent Controversies Surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

October 18, 2021

Adam Klein, Director of the Strauss Center’s Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs and Deputy Director of the Strauss Center, joined the Lawfare Podcast with Jacob Schulz and Benjamin Wittes to discuss the Justice Department inspector general’s recent report on the FBI’s mishandling of FISA applications. The podcast discusses the roles of FBI and the secretive…

Leutert and Yates Examine Women’s Involvement in Migrant Kidnappings in Mexico

October 13, 2021

Director of the Strauss Center’s Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative (CAMPI), Stephanie Leutert, and Strauss Campi Fellow, Caitlyn Yates, recently co-authored a chapter for Beyond Drugs, Smuggling and Trafficking: Violence, Victimization, and Community Action in Mexico’s Criminal Landscape. This collection of essays uses community-based research to address conceptual gaps present in Mexico’s dominant organized crime narrative. Leutert’s…

ISP Now Accepting Applications for Texas Intelligence Academy 2022

October 11, 2021

The Intelligence Studies Project is now accepting applications to participate in Texas Intelligence Academy (TIA) 2022. The TIA is a competitive, all-expenses paid, intensive academic program for UT System undergraduate students focused on intelligence and national security in Washington, D.C. TIA 2022 will run from May 22 to June 1, 2022. The deadline for applications…

Professor Greitens Discusses China’s View on the U.S. Border

October 8, 2021

On September 24, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, appeared on the On Balance with Leland Vittert show to discuss Chinese state media commentary on the U.S. border situation. She argued that Chinese diplomats and outlets like the Global Times have become more vocal about their efforts to delegitimize Western…

Professor Rana Siu Inboden Discusses China’s Participation in the Human Rights Regime on the Democracy Paradox Podcast

October 7, 2021

Professor Rana Siu Inboden, a Senior Fellow with the Strauss Center, recently joined Justin Kempf of the Democracy Paradox podcast to speak about China’s role in the international human rights regime and the findings from her book, China and the International Human Rights Regime: 1982-2017. The podcast explores China’s role during the formation of the UN…

Avramov Discusses the Weaponization of Ransomware Attacks

October 5, 2021

In a recent op-ed published in The Hill, Kiril Avramov discusses the role of ransomware attacks in political warfare. Dr. Avramov is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at UT Austin, a Fellow to the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP), and a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar. Noting the increase in ransomware attacks in recent…

Professor Chen Participates in U.S.-China Tech Panel with the Library of Congress

October 4, 2021

Dr. Wenhong Chen, Distinguished Scholar in the Strauss Center, participated in a panel discussion hosted by the John W. Kluge Center on the conflict over technology between the U.S. and China. The Kluge Center at the Library of Congress brings relevant scholarship to the attention of policymakers and the interested public, drawing from the expertise…

Kuperman Urges Congress to a Fund Low Enriched Uranium Development Program

September 30, 2021

Alan Kuperman, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, recently published an op-ed on the Navy’s use of weapons-grade nuclear materials in reactors that power its ships. In it, he argues that the U.S. must take the lead in stemming the flow of these materials in order to avoid a…

CAMPI Director Builds Central America Migration Model

September 28, 2021

This past month, Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative (CAMPI), built a model to better understand current migration dynamics and to estimate total numbers of unique individuals leaving their communities in Mexico and Central America. The model focuses on unique individuals (by subtracting repeat encounters) and aims to capture populations…

Strauss and Clements Announce the Launch of the Asia Policy Program

September 24, 2021

The Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint program at the University of Texas at Austin: the Asia Policy Program. The Asia Policy Program (APP) will address the region’s increasing importance in global politics, U.S. foreign policy, and U.S. national security.  The program will foster research, dialogue, and education about policy-relevant…