Strauss Center News

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



Dr. Bianca Adair to Serve As the New Resident Intelligence Officer at UT-Austin

August 7, 2020

Dr. Bianca Adair, an officer in the Directorate of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency, will serve as the Resident Intelligence Officer at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs from Fall 2020 to Fall 2022. A successor to Dr. Alan Kessler in the Visiting Intelligence Officer Program inaugurated in 2018, Dr. Adair will continue bringing intelligence expertise…

LBJ Library Director Mark Lawrence Discusses Presidential Libraries and the Contradictory Legacy of LBJ

August 6, 2020

On a recent interview for a Horns of a Dilemma podcast episode, Mark A. Lawrence, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Director of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, discussed presidential libraries in a general sense as well as the LBJ library specifically. He began by commenting on the status of the LBJ Presidential Library…

Schmitt Suggests an Attribution Mechanism for the Murky Field of International Cyber Law

August 4, 2020

Michael Schmitt, Professor of Law at the University of Reading, Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute at West Point and Distinguished Scholar with the Strauss Center, has co-authored titled “An International Attribution Mechanism for Hostile Cyber Operations” for the journal International Law Studies journal. In it, he and his co-author Yuval Shany begin by addressing the…

Strauss Director Chesney Dissects the Recent Discovery of a Revision to CIA Cyber Operations Procedures

July 30, 2020

Professor Robert M. Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, James A. Baker Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, recently published a Lawfare piece titled “The CIA, Covert Action and Operations in Cyberspace.”  In it, Chesney lays out the implication…

Brumley and Cybersecurity Fellow Published in “International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence”

July 29, 2020

Caroline Burks, a 2020-21 Brumley Fellow and a Cybersecurity Fellow with the Strauss Center, recently published a paper “The Psychology of ‘Orwell the Snitch’: Applying Psychological Theories of Agent Recruitment” in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. The paper employs several widely-accepted theories on the motivations of human intelligence sources to explain the role of celebrated…

Sankaran Models the Efficacy of U.S. Missile Defense Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region

July 28, 2020

Jaganath Sankaran, Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently published a research article in the Journal of East Asian Studies titled “Missile Defenses and Strategic Stability in Asia: Evidence From Simulations.” In it, he presents the results from his series of simulation experiments, which empirically test “opposing arguments over…

“The Biggest Black Hole:” Leutert Comments on Investigations of Migrant Deaths

July 27, 2020

Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Strauss Center, was recently interviewed for an article on the fatal injury of a woman just north of the border wall in New Mexico. The article poses the question: “how many migrants die and then fall through the cracks of complex bureaucracy, with far-away…

Distinguished Scholar Comments on China’s Tightening Approach in Hong Kong

July 24, 2020

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, was recently quoted in a South China Morning Post article titled “China’s home security chief attends Hong Kong national security office opening.” In it, she discusses the new security and policing team that the Chinese Communist Party is setting up…

SSS Opinion: A Smarter SDG 18

July 23, 2020

This op-ed is published in a joint endeavor between the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety (SSS) program, SpaceWatch and TXSLAPS. 2020 is a pivotal year for sustainable development and the start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Decade of Action. This month, UN representatives hope to accelerate the SDG’s stunted progress during a high-level political forum, which…

Distinguished Scholar Discusses the Prospects of the Development of Legal Norms in Cyberspace

July 21, 2020

Michael 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, Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Law School, and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently published a piece titled “Taming the Lawless Void: Tracking the Evolution of International Law…