Strauss Center News

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



Brumley Fellow Co-authors Essay on Diversity in U.S. Foreign Affairs Agencies

July 7, 2020

Gabriel Cortez, a candidate for a Master in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, recently co-authored a timely essay on the challenge of promoting and maintaining workplace diversity in America’s principal foreign affairs agencies. Cortez, a Department of State Charles B. Rangel Fellow, was recently selected as a 2020 Brumley NextGen Graduate Fellow and assigned…

Brumley Student Profile: Maro Youssef selected for The Dwight D. Eisenhower/ Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship

July 6, 2020

Maro Youssef, Strauss Center Brumley Fellow and Doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology, was selected for The Dwight D. Eisenhower/ Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship. The Eisenhower Institute is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to perpetuating Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy by fostering integrity and trust in the federal government, promoting broader understanding of democracy, and supporting leadership in…

Professor Sheena Chestnut Greitens Discusses U.S.-China Relations

July 2, 2020

Professor Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Public Affairs, recently participated in a Slate “Political Gabfest” podcast episode (beginning at 43:46.) Greitens’ comments focused on the U.S.-China relationship.  She began with a discussion of Chinese foreign policy, noting that China is involved now in more places around the world than ever before,…

Brooks on the Role of the U.S. Military in Domestic Affairs

July 1, 2020

General Vincent K. Brooks, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and recently retired four-star general in command of all US Forces in Korea, recently published a piece titled “Dismay and Disappointment—A Breach of Sacred Trust” in which he commented on the recent protests across the United States and the response to said protests by President Trump. Brook’s…

Brayne Discusses the Uses of Big Data by Police in the United States

June 30, 2020

Sarah Brayne, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, recently participated in a podcast on the topic of the uses of big data in policing in the United States. She began with an overview of her expertise and interest in the field, noting that the scope of the…

Vladeck Weighs in on the Presence of National Guard Troops in Washington D.C.

June 29, 2020

Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law and Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center, recently published a Lawfare article titled “Why Were Out-of-State National Guard Units in Washington, D.C.? The Justice Department’s Troubling Explanation.”In it, Vladeck assessed Attorney General William Barr’s explanation of the presence of thousands of National Guard troops in Washington D.C.—an incident which Barr claims…

Gavin Introduces the Spring 2020 Texas National Security Review

June 22, 2020

Francis J. Gavin, Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, as well as former Director of the Strauss Center, recently published an essay titled “The Best of the Brightest? Ideas and Their Consequences” in the Texas National Security Review, which is…

CAMPI Launches Militarization in Latin America Website

June 17, 2020

From Mexico to Chile, Latin American militaries are increasingly visible in domestic security roles, with significant implications for both security and democracy. The Militarization in Latin America website is intended to help illuminate this rapidly evolving phenomenon, as manifested in 12 key countries around the region. The website provides detailed narrative descriptions of internal military…

Greitens on U.S.-North Korea Relations

June 17, 2020

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, recently published a piece titled “Why North Korea-U.S. Relations Will Remain Stable Unless Kim Really Needs Coronavirus Aid.” In it, she provides an assessment of the present status of the U.S-North Korea relationship, noting that it is likely that President…

General Brooks Weighs in on Recent Gunfire Exchange at the DPRK-SK Demilitarized Zone

June 16, 2020

General Vincent K. Brooks, Strauss Center Distinguished Senior Fellow and recently retired four-star general in command of all U.S. Forces in Korea, recently participated in an on air discussion on the recent exchange of gunfire between North and South Korea in the demilitarized zone between the two countries. General Brooks fielded a question regarding the…