Strauss Center News

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



Chesney Assesses the Commerce Department’s Statement on the TikTok and WeChat Sanctions

October 20, 2020

In a recent piece published for Lawfare, Professor Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center and James Baker Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UT School of Law, discusses the scope of the recent U.S. sanctions on TikTok and WeChat, which went into effect on September 20, 2020. Chesney specifically discusses the…

Professor Jah Launches “Moriba’s Vox Populi” Web Series

October 15, 2020

In the inaugural episode of his new web series, “Moriba’s Vox Populi”, Professor Moriba Jah, Program Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety Program, hosted a diverse panel of space experts for an organic conversation on a host of space-related issues. The panelists began with a discussion of light pollution and specifically the rift between astronomers, who…

Greitens Quoted in the Financial Times

October 12, 2020

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor at the LBJ School and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, was quoted in a recent Financial Times piece titled “China’s great power play puts Asia on edge.” This article discusses the escalation of tensions in China’s southern in eastern regions, which raise “ fears of conflict sparked by miscalculation or even by design.” This article provides…

Slick Discusses Trust and Distrust in the American Political System

October 8, 2020

Professor Stephen B. Slick, Director of the Intelligence Studies Project, recently participated in a Council on Foreign Relations panel discussion on the theory of a “deep state” and the erosion of public trust in the U.S. government. Professor Slick began by affirming that there is, in fact, no “deep state,” and then moved to discuss the special interest…

Call for Nominations: 2020 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship

October 7, 2020

The Strauss Center and Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law (ONU), in consultation with the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on National Security Law, have established the Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship. The prize honors Professor Mike Lewis of ONU, a much-loved colleague and prolific scholar who passed away…

Our October Update

October 6, 2020

It is a fall semester unlike any we have seen before, as it continues to be a difficult time in the life of our state, our nation, and the world.  Read on to get a sense of how our students and faculty are staying engaged, and be sure to check out our homepage too. RECENT AND UPCOMING…

TNSR Releases Special Issue on Cyber Competition

September 28, 2020

In the Texas National Security Review’s—which is co-sponsored by the Strauss Center—recent special issue on cyber competition, Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, James Baker Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UT School of Law, co-chaired the “Policy Roundtable: Cyber Conflict as an Intelligence Contest.” Chesney co-authored the introduction to this…

Brumley Fellow Warns of Biotechnology Arms Race in the Wake of COVID-19

September 24, 2020

Marigny Kirschke-Schwartz, a Strauss Center Brumley Fellow specializing in defense policy, recently published an op-ed in The National Interest titled “America Must Act To Avoid A Biotechnology Arms Race.” In it, she highlights a potentially dangerous externality of the expansion of biodefense infrastructure which has occurred as countries race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Namely,…

Strauss Scholars Contribute to New Book on COVID-19 and Global Order

September 21, 2020

Several Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars contributed to a recent series of essays collectively titled COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation. This series, which was published by Johns Hopkins University, assesses the present state of world order and provides insights for a post-COVID-19 world from a variety of policy perspectives. Professor…

Introducing a New SSS Video Series & its Inaugural Episode: Space Traffic Management

September 18, 2020

The Strauss Center’s Space Safety and Security program is pleased to announce the launch of a new video series. These videos will help to explain and clarify the fundamental issues of space policy for a general audience. Future episodes will also include interviews with space policy experts as well as opinion pieces by Strauss-affiliated fellows and scholars. …