Strauss Center News

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



Chesney Discusses the Solarwinds Campaign & U.S. Sanctions

May 12, 2021

Professor Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, James A. Baker Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, recently published a piece on U.S. sanctioning of Russian entities in light of last year’s SolarWinds Orion attack. The sanctions, Chesney explains,…

SSS Expert Interview with Dr. Muir-Harmony

May 5, 2021

In the newest episode of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program’s Informational Space Policy video series, Alyssa Goessler, the Strauss Center’s Brumley Fellow specializing in space security, safety, and sustainability, sits down for an interview with Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony. Dr. Muir-Harmony is the curator of the Project Apollo Collection at the Smithsonian National Air and…

Slick Quoted in NYT Article on Iranian Nuclear Site Failure

April 28, 2021

Professor Stephen B. Slick, Director of UT’s Intelligence Studies Project, a venture co-sponsored by the Strauss Center and Clements Center, was recently quoted in a New York Times article about the recent attack on  uranium centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz enrichment site. The incident raised alarm bells given that the last time such an incident occurred it was the result…

Dr. Jah Hosts the Fourth Episode of Moriba’s Vox Populi

April 26, 2021

In his fourth episode of his Vox Populi series with SpaceWatch.Global, Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and Strauss Center lead of the Space Security and Safety program, hosted a panel of diverse experts to discuss various issues of space security. In his opening remarks, Dr. Jah said that he has noticed…

Internal NATO Briefing on Climate and Security – Ashley Moran

April 26, 2021

On April 21, Ashley Moran, director of the Strauss Center’s State Fragility Initiative, spoke at an event briefing NATO on civil society working group recommendations on expanding NATO’s work to address the security risks from climate and environmental stress. The April 21 event was organized by NATO’s Policy Planning Unit and Emerging Security Challenges Division….

Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the 2021 “Bobby R. Inman Award” for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

April 16, 2021

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the 7th annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2,500. This competition is open to unpublished work…

Brayne Receives President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

April 8, 2021

Sarah Brayne, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, was one of seven University of Texas at Austin faculty members named recipients of the annual President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the 2020-2021 academic year. This award recognizes educators who utilize innovative means of educating undergraduates, crafting exceptional courses and unique learning opportunities. Read…

Rana Inboden Publishes Book on China and Human Rights

April 5, 2021

Rana Siu Inboden, a Senior Fellow with the Strauss Center, recently published a book entitled China and the International Human Rights Regime: 1982-2017.  In her book, Dr. Inboden uses the lens of China’s role in the international human rights regime to explore China’s rising position in the world.  Her book comprises three major case studies – the drafting…

New SSS Video on the Militarization and Weaponization of Space

March 31, 2021

In this episode of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program Informational Space Policy Video Series—the Strauss Center’s Brumley Fellow for the SSS program, Alyssa Goessler, explains the weaponization and militarization of space, giving special attention to the distinctions between the two terms. Alyssa also explains various related concepts and technologies, including anti-satellite weapons (ASATs),…

Ari Tolany, 2019-20 Brumley Fellow

March 29, 2021

Ari Tolany, 2019-2020 Brumley Fellow under the mentorship of our State Fragility program director Ashley Moran, recently reflected on her time at the Strauss Center. “The Brumley Next Generation Fellows program gave me the financial support to allow me to conduct archival research, gather feedback on my work (through funding me to present at the…