Strauss Center News

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



Strauss Seeking Part-time Graduate Senior Student Associate

December 8, 2021

Applications are now open to graduate students for one part-time Senior Student Associate position at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Beyond sharpening their writing and organizational skills, this position offers students a way to become more involved in security, intelligence, and foreign policy scholarship at the University.  We are looking for assistance…

Inboden Discusses Samsung’s Announcement of a Semiconductor Factory in Central Texas

December 7, 2021

In a recent interview with KXAN, Strauss Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Clements Center, Dr. William Inboden, discusses how Samsung’s new semiconductor factory in Central Texas will help support U.S. national security efforts. The estimated $17 billion factory will produce semiconductors, chips that power cars, missile technology, and military communications systems. Since 1990, the United States’…

Strauss Cyber Fellow Check In: Brenda Kodawa

December 6, 2021

The Strauss Center’s Cyber Fellows program provides mentorship and research support to UT Austin graduate students interested in delving into the world of cybersecurity (see more here if you’re interested in applying). We like to check in with our former Cyber Fellows to share their experiences post-program, and today we have an update from Brenda…

LBJ Library Director Lawrence Releases Book on the U.S. and Developing Countries in the Vietnam Era

December 6, 2021

Dr. Mark Atwood Lawrence, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Director of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, has released a new book titled The End of Ambition: The United States and the Third World in the Vietnam Era. In the book, he analyzes the evolution of U.S. foreign policy toward developing countries in the…

First Episode of Shifted Space Released Featuring Dr. Moriba Jah

December 2, 2021

The first episode of a new series—Shifted Space—featuring Dr. Moriba Jah was recently released. Dr. Jah is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and the Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability Program. In this new series, produced by the Texas Immersive Institute at UT Austin’s Moody College of Communications, Dr. Jah travels…

CAMPI Releases November 2021 Metering Report

November 30, 2021

The Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative (CAMPI), led by our CAMPI Fellows Stephanie Leutert and Caitlyn Yates, have released the quarterly Metering Update for November 2021. This report provides an update on asylum waitlists, asylum seekers, and migrant shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border amid the suspension of CBP’s asylum processing and the Title 42 exemption processes. It documents approximately 26,505…

Zoltan Barany Releases New Book on the Gulf Militaries

November 30, 2021

Professor Zoltan Barany recently published a new book titled Armies of Arabia (Oxford University Press, 2021). Professor Barany is the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Government at UT Austin and a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center. He is also a Senior Associate (non-resident) of the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for…

CAMPI Migration Model Updated for November

November 29, 2021

Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative (CAMPI), updated 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 and the write up (from September) can be found under the Articles section here. The model will continued to be updated…

Kuperman on U.S. and U.K. Sale of Nuclear-Powered Submarines to Australia

November 23, 2021

Alan J. Kuperman, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, recently published a Kyodo News op-ed titled “Bomb-grade uranium for Australian submarines?” After noting that Japan eliminated a substantial stockpile of nuclear weapons-grade highly enriched uranium (HEU) in 2016 on nonproliferation grounds, his opinion piece highlights the…

Professor Greitens Discusses Rising Tensions Between China and Taiwan

November 18, 2021

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, discussed the rising tensions between China and Taiwan and the United States’ role in the cross-strait relations. Professor Greitens explained that Taiwan is the unfinished business of the Chinese Civil War that brought the Chinese Communist Party to…