Strauss Center News

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



Alcalde Magazine Cites Strauss Center as part of the solution

May 5, 2008

In an article for the March/April issue of University of Texas magazine The Alcalde, editor Avrel Seale addresses the need for universities to begin applying their resources to solving today’s pressing problems, rather than getting caught up in “frivolous scholarship.”  Seale cites the Strauss Center as an example that the University is moving in the…

Strauss Center Director of Studies Francis J. Gavin Awarded Nobel Institute Senior Fellowship

April 14, 2008

Francis J. Gavin, Director of Studies at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, has been awarded a Nobel Institute Senior Fellowship for the Institute’s Spring term 2009.

Strauss Senior Fellow Philip Bobbitt releases new book Terror and Consent

April 7, 2008

On April 1, Strauss Center Senior Fellow Philip Bobbitt released his new book, Terror and Consent (Knopf, 2008), where he argues that the U.S. has defined the problem of winning the war against terror in a way that makes the situation virtually impossible to resolve. Professor Bobbitt suggests we need to change our ideas about…

Insecure About Climate Change

March 24, 2008

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, Americas witnessed what looked like an overseas humanitarian-relief operation. The storm provided a visual image of the severity of extreme weather that could be brought about by climate change in the future. The heavily populated coastal areas of the United States are vulnerable to these kinds of…

Former Guantanamo Bay Army Chaplain to Speak at the University of Texas School of Law, March 20, 2008

March 10, 2008

Former U.S. Army Officer and Chaplain James Yee will discuss his experience as a Muslim minister accused of spying at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Thursday, March 20, at 6 p.m. in The University of Texas Law School Auditorium.

Confidence Foundation awards $250,000 grant to Strauss Center

March 3, 2008

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin announced today it has received a $250,000 grant from the Confidence Foundation to support its Global Energy and Security Issues research program. The program is designed to study the geopolitics of energy and identify practical policy solutions to…

A Tribute to Elspeth Davies Rostow

January 3, 2008

The Strauss Center was deeply saddened to lose one of our most treasured family members, Elspeth Davies Rostow, on Sunday, December 9th, 2007.

Council on Foreign Relations Releases Strauss Fellow’s Report on Climate Change

December 3, 2007

The Council on Foreign Relations released a report today by Strauss Fellow Joshua Busby on the security consequences of climate change. In Climate Change and National Security: An Agenda for Action, Busby goes beyond the diagnosis of the problem of climate change and makes recommendations for action. Busby also participated in a podcast discussion on…

Strauss Center in the News: November

December 1, 2007

On November 5, 2007, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law announced a $1 million gift from Jon and Rebecca Brumley to create the Jon Brumley Chair in Global Affairs. The chair will be dedicated to developing peaceful ways to ensure that technological and scientific advances do not endanger global security.

Strauss Center Program Educating the Next Generation of Experts

November 29, 2007

In an op-ed published by the Austin American-Statesman, Strauss Center Governing Board member Jim Langdon discusses the significance of the Strauss Center’s partnership with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. The partnership aims to deepen cooperation, innovation and exchange of ideas in higher education and advanced research on global affairs.