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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…

Strauss Senior Cyber Fellow Nather Discusses 2021 Information Security Issues

November 15, 2021

On November 4, Strauss senior cybersecurity fellow Wendy Nather delivered the keynote address at the SecTor security education conference. In her remarks, Nather outlined the various concerns that IT security professionals face now and likely for years to come. She noted that zero trust efforts were accelerated during the pandemic when employees predominantly worked remotely from home….

Moody College Undergraduate Research Associate Needed

November 12, 2021

In partnership with the Moody College of Communication, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law is hiring one part-time Undergraduate Research Associate (URA) from the Moody College to provide administrative and research support for our Journalism and World Affairs program. The URA will assist program director Andrew Butters, Associate Professor in the School of…

SSSS Program Releases Informational Video on Space Sustainability

November 11, 2021

Alyssa Goessler, Senior Brumley Fellow in the Strauss Center’s Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability Program recently served as a delegate to the Space Generation Advisory Council’s annual Space Generation Congress in Dubai. In this episode of the SSSS program’s Space Policy Informational Series, Alyssa explains the function and history of the SGAC and the SGC. She then introduces one of the…

Dr. Jah Hosts Episode Seven of Moriba’s Vox Populi

November 10, 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah recently hosted the seventh episode of “Moriba’s Vox Populi”, a video series he hosts in partnership with SpaceWatch.Global. Dr. Jah is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and the Director of the Strauss Center’s Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability Program. This episode focused on the role of cultural differences in space actor behavior and…

Klein Assesses the State of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

November 8, 2021

In a recent article published in Lawfare, the Strauss Center’s Adam Klein discusses the state of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, in light of a recent report by the Department of Justice Inspector General.   FISA requires the government to obtain a court order before conducting electronic surveillance or clandestine physical searches in the United States for national-security purposes—for…

Greitens Discusses Tension in the Taiwan Strait

November 4, 2021

In an interview with Bianna Golodryga from CNN, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Sheena Chestnut Greitens discussed recent tensions with China in the Taiwan Strait and the broader international context. Professor Greitens discussed how China has become more repressive at home and assertive abroad under Xi Jinping’s leadership. Greitens described the military implications of China’s decision to send…

Dr. Jah Appointed the Chief Scientific Adviser of Privateer

November 3, 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and the Director of the Strauss Center’s Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability Program, recently accepted an exciting new role of Privateer. Privateer is a Hawaii-based company that aims to tackle the problem of space junk by improving orbital mapping technologies. In his role…

Strauss Fellow Kian on What Cryptocurrencies Accomplish and How They Should be Regulated

November 2, 2021

Sina Kian, Fellow in the Strauss Center’s Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, recently published a two-part series on the fundamentals of cryptocurrencies. Part 1 explains why cryptocurrencies are an essential part of how blockchains work — and why Americans should care about fostering a policy and business environment that allows blockchain innovation to flourish….

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