Strauss Center News

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



Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the 2021 “Bobby R. Inman Award” for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

April 16, 2021

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the 7th annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2,500. This competition is open to unpublished work…

Brayne Receives President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

April 8, 2021

Sarah Brayne, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, was one of seven University of Texas at Austin faculty members named recipients of the annual President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the 2020-2021 academic year. This award recognizes educators who utilize innovative means of educating undergraduates, crafting exceptional courses and unique learning opportunities. Read…

Rana Inboden Publishes Book on China and Human Rights

April 5, 2021

Rana Siu Inboden, a Senior Fellow with the Strauss Center, recently published a book entitled China and the International Human Rights Regime: 1982-2017.  In her book, Dr. Inboden uses the lens of China’s role in the international human rights regime to explore China’s rising position in the world.  Her book comprises three major case studies – the drafting…

New SSS Video on the Militarization and Weaponization of Space

March 31, 2021

In this episode of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program Informational Space Policy Video Series—the Strauss Center’s Brumley Fellow for the SSS program, Alyssa Goessler, explains the weaponization and militarization of space, giving special attention to the distinctions between the two terms. Alyssa also explains various related concepts and technologies, including anti-satellite weapons (ASATs),…

Ari Tolany, 2019-20 Brumley Fellow

March 29, 2021

Ari Tolany, 2019-2020 Brumley Fellow under the mentorship of our State Fragility program director Ashley Moran, recently reflected on her time at the Strauss Center. “The Brumley Next Generation Fellows program gave me the financial support to allow me to conduct archival research, gather feedback on my work (through funding me to present at the…

Greitens Quoted in Piece on U.S.-Taiwan Relations

March 29, 2021

In a recent Newsweek article, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, discussed a recently proposed bill on U.S.-Taiwan relations. This bill, which was introduced by two Republican congressmen, moves to scrap the U.S.’ one-China policy by establishing formal relations with Taiwan. This would constitute…

SSS Lead Interviewed for BBC’s Crowd Science episode on Space Exploration and Sustainability

March 23, 2021

In a recent BBC podcast episode, Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and Strauss Center lead of the Space Security and Safety program, discussed the status of orbital debris. The episode focused on the blossoming space tourism industry and how, if at all, that industry may harm the environment….

Busby Discusses “Actorless Threats” and the Work Ahead for the Biden Administration

March 19, 2021

Professor Joshua Busby, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently co-authored a piece for the World Economic Forum titled “The US needs partners to tackle the security risks of climate change.” The article begins by presenting three main arguments: that climate change imposes increasingly hazardous risks to “stability…

Schmitt Assesses the Intersection of International Law and Autonomous Cyber Capabilities

March 12, 2021

Michael N. Schmitt, Professor of Public International Law at Reading Law School (UK), the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law School, recently published an article in the International Law Studies journal. His article, “Autonomous Cyber…

Kelsey Ritchie, 2018-19 Brumley Fellow

March 11, 2021

Kelsey Ritchie, a 2018-19 Brumley Fellow with a concentration in our Terrorism and Counterterrorism program, recently participated in a Q&A on her time at the Strauss Center and her work after graduation. Tell us what you are working on these days. “I work for Deloitte’s government consulting practice. Currently, I am working on a contract with CISA to identify mis- and disinformation…