Strauss Center News

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



Strauss Center Scholar Presents Policy Options for Mitigating Civilian Harm in Cyber Operations

May 14, 2020

Strauss Center’s Distinguished Scholar Michael Schmitt recently published “Wired warfare 3.0: Protecting the civilian population during cyber operations” in the International Review of the Red Cross. Schmitt raises two issues that have hobbled attempts to craft a consensus legal framework for cyber operations occurring during armed conflicts. The first is the meaning of the term “attack,” which has…

Mosser Weighs in on the European Union’s Response to Covid

May 13, 2020

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Michael Mosser recently participated in a War on the Rocks podcast titled “The Future of European Governance in a Post-Covid World.” The panelists had a wide-ranging conversation on the host of issues facing the European Union, including the rise of authoritarianism in some European countries, the impact of Covid on the timing of…

Getting Smart on Pandemics: Intelligence in the Wake of COVID-19

May 12, 2020

Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick moderated a recent episode of the “Horns of a Dilemma” podcast, now available on the War on the Rocks website. In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Slick leads a discussion of the role of intelligence in the COVID-19 pandemic. The ISP Director is joined by Bobby Chesney, Director of…

Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the 2020 “Bobby R. Inman Award” for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

May 8, 2020

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the sixth 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…

Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens Joins UT Austin

May 6, 2020

As part of our efforts to recruit the top national security scholars and practitioners to the University of Texas at Austin, the Strauss Center is excited to announce that Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens will be joining our ranks later this summer. Dr. Greitens’ position is supported by a Chair established jointly by the Strauss Center and…

Beyond the Border Course Releases PRP Summaries

May 4, 2020

Professor Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative at the Strauss Center, recently completed a year-long Policy Research Project (PRP) with a group of graduate students at the LBJ School. The project, titled “Beyond the Border: Central American Migration and Mexico’s Migratory Policy,” took a Mexican policy perspective on Central American migration, and…

Rohrbaugh on Technology Innovation within DHS

May 4, 2020

Benjamin Rohrbaugh, Fellow in the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Strauss Center, co-authored a report for the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School titled Closing Critical Gaps that Hinder Homeland Security Technology Innovation. COVID-19 has overwhelmed the response systems of the United States and clearly shown the scale of the federal government’s underinvestment in public safety…

Schmitt on Cyber Weapons and Humanitarian Law

May 1, 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, co-authored an article for International Law Studies titled Classification of Cyber Capabilities and Operations as Weapons, Means, or Methods of Warfare. Schmitt and co-author Jeffrey Biller of the US…

Brumley Senior Fellow Bolsinger Named Graduate Director for Intelligence and National Security Studies at UTEP

April 16, 2020

Diana Bolsinger, a Brumley Senior Fellow at the Strauss Center, has been newly appointed as the Graduate Director and Advisor of the Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies (INSS) program within the University of Texas at El Paso’s (UTEP) Department of Criminal Justice. She will teach courses on intelligence and national security, including…

Dr. Moriba Jah Discusses the Human-Induced Challenges Developing in Near-Earth Space

March 30, 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, recently published an…