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Dr. Moriba Jah Celebrated in NPR Feature on Black Excellence in STEM

March 3, 2020

Dr. Moriba Jah, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Program Lead of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program at the Strauss Center, Director of the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics (ASTRIA) program, and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, was one…

Call for Applications: 2020-21 Brumley Next Generation Fellowship Programs

February 27, 2020

The Strauss Center is very pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2020-2021 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars programs. These unique opportunities provide research training and mentorships to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. The program is made possible by the generous support of Jon…

Busby on Foreign Policy and Domestic Perception

February 12, 2020

Joshua Busby, Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center, co-wrote a working paper on “Elite Misperceptions and the Domestic Politics of Conflict.” In his essay, he argues that for public opinion to shape foreign policy, the public must be aware of foreign policy, and policymakers must be aware of public opinion. Democratic states conduct themselves fundamentally differently…

Leutert Participates in Immigration Reform Panel

February 10, 2020

Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Central America/Mexico Policy Initiative at the Strauss Center, participated in a recent panel on the state of emigration from Central America and immigration reform. Panel members discussed the push and pull factors for migration, the smuggling industry surrounding this migration, and the current humanitarian crisis at the border. The panel was presented by…

Dr. Michael Webber’s Book Thirst for Power Premiers in Documentary Form

February 10, 2020

Dr. Michael Webber, a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, is the Josey Centennial Professor of Energy Resources and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Webber’s book— Thirst for Power— was recently turned into a documentary, which was screened at the DISTRIBUTECH energy conference in San Antonio. The documentary traces the centuries-old relationship between water…

Chesney Assesses Facebook’s New Deepfake Policy

January 21, 2020

Bobby Chesney, Strauss Center Director and James Baker Professor in Law, recently published an article on Lawfare in response to Facebook’s new deepfake policy, which he regards as an insufficient, albeit welcome, development. Chesney defines deepfakes as “realistic-looking video or audio falsehoods, which show real people doing or saying things they never did or said,” which are…

SSS Director Publishes Space Object Graph

December 11, 2019

Moriba Jah, Program Lead of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program at the Strauss Center, Director of the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics (ASTRIA) program, and Associate Professor of Aerospace engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, recently published a graph tool which…

Barany on Security Sector Reform in Constitutional Transitions

December 10, 2019

Zoltan Barany, Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Government at the University of Texas and Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center, co-edited and published a collection of studies entitled “Security Sector Reform in Constitutional Transitions.”

Dr. Lawrence Named Director of LBJ Presidential Library

December 4, 2019

Dr. Mark Atwood Lawrence, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin, was recently named the sixth director of the LBJ Presidential Library—a position he will assume on January 5, 2020. David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, noted in the announcement of Dr. Lawrence’s selection, that…

Review of “Subordinating Intelligence: The DoD/CIA Post-Cold War Relationship” by ISP Senior Fellow

December 2, 2019

Intelligence Studies Project Senior Fellow J. Paul Pope recently reviewed David P. Oakley’s “Subordinating Intelligence: The DoD/CIA Post-Cold War Relationship” in the Joint Forces Quarterly. Click here to read the review.

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