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Wolford Describes New Connection Between Natural Resources and Political Violence

January 25, 2022

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Scott Wolford recently co-authored an article in the Journal of Peace Researchentitled “Oil Discoveries, Civil War, and Preventive State Repression.” In the article, Scott Wolford, Peter Carey, Curtis Bell, and Emily Hencken Ritter consider how any shift in power when the government and rebel forces are evenly matched could trigger conflict. Following the logic…

CAMPI Migration Model Updated for December

January 12, 2022

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…

Announcing the Winner of the 2021 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship

January 11, 2022

The Robert Strauss Center and Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law are excited to announce that Laura Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law and Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, is the winner of the 2021 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship. Professor Dickinson’s article, National Security…

Rohrbaugh Co-Authors Book on Home Emergency Kits

January 7, 2022

Ben Rohrbaugh, Fellow in the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Strauss Center, recently co-authored a book titled Emergency Kits for Everyone: Home emergency kits for regular people (who are a little anxious about the news). In it, he and his co-author, Nate Bruggeman, include checklists and detailed explanations of what households need to…

Suri Reviews Book Detailing Henry Kissinger’s Role in Middle East Diplomacy

January 5, 2022

The New York Times recently published a review by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Professor Jeremi Suri of Martin Indyk’s new book titled Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy. Indyk’s book chronicles Henry Kissinger’s attempts as President Nixon’s foreign policy surrogate to broker peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. According to Suri, Indyk is…

Strauss Cyber Fellow Check In: Gabriel Cajiga

January 3, 2022

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 2020-2021 Fellow, Gabriel…

Former Brumley Fellow Publishes TSNR Article on Intelligence Collaboration Between the U.S. and Pakistan

December 29, 2021

Diana Bolsinger, a former Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellow, recently published an essay in the Texas National Security Review titled Not at Any Price: LBJ, Pakistan, and Bargaining in an Asymmetric Intelligence Relationship. Bolsinger’s article received the Bobby R. Inman Award from the Intelligence Studies Project in 2020.  She began her research into the theoretical questions discussed in the article as a Brumley…

Strauss Center Director Chesney Appointed to Inaugural CISA Advisory Committee

December 23, 2021

Professor Robert M. Chesney was recently appointed to the inaugural Cybersecurity Advisory Committee of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). Professor Chesney is the Director of the Strauss Center, and holds the James Baker Chair and serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. In his role…

Strauss Center Brumley Scholar Awarded Schwarzman Scholarship

December 22, 2021

Isabel Ayala, a Strauss Center 2021-2022 Brumley Next Generation Scholar, has been awarded the Schwarzman Scholarship. She is one of two seniors at the University of Texas at Austin to receive this prestigious honor that funds one year of graduate study at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Her academic and professional interests revolve around the…

CAMPI Releases Report on Migrant Kidnappings in Nuevo Laredo

December 20, 2021

The Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative recently published a report, with Vecina’s assistance, that focuses on migrant kidnappings in Nuevo Laredo due to the crime’s high frequency and its systematic nature. Migrant kidnappings are largely concentrated in a few sites around the city, and kidnappings follow a similar modus operandi. In fact, the practice…

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