Strauss Center News

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



Rana Inboden Publishes Report on Authoritarian States and Civil Society Participation in the UN

April 3, 2019

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Rana Siu Inboden investigates the role of authoritarian countries in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) NGO Committee and finds that the Like-Minded Group (LMG), a coalition of largely authoritarian nations, have often blocked non-governmental organizations (NGO) from gaining consultative status in the United Nations. Her findings are presented in the…

MSI Director Leutert Analyzes Central American Migration

April 2, 2019

In her article, “How Many Central Americans Are Traveling North,” (Spanish version available here) Mexico Security Initiative Director Stephanie Leutert, along with LBJ Student Sarah Spalding, attempt to calculate how many Central Americans are making the trip to the United States. To answer the question, they build a model that incorporates data from U.S. Customs…

State Fragility Initiative Director Discusses Climate Risks for Fragile States

April 2, 2019

At a USAID Adaptation Community Meeting on The Intersection of Global Fragility and Climate Risks, Ashley Moran, the State Fragility Initiative Director at the Strauss Center, discussed how extreme weather and other climate risks pose a multi-faceted and urgent security risk for fragile states.

Next Gen Senior Fellow Authors Article on Radicalization in Tunisia

April 1, 2019

Brumley Next Generation Senior Fellow Maro Youssef recently authored the article, “Women’s Groups Take on Radicalization in Tunisia,” for Sada, an online journal published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The article discusses the role of Tunisian Women’s Associations in combatting radicalization among women, positing that while these organizations dedicate much of their time…

Brumley Student Profile: Jeremy Doran Investigates Programa Frontera Sur

March 26, 2019

Jeremy Doran, senior in Government Honors & Political Communication (with a certificate in Security Studies), is a Brumley Next Generation Undergraduate Scholar at the Strauss Center. Every year, our cohort of Scholars take a research training and career preparation class through the Brumley program. Today we talk with Jeremy about what the class has been…

Dr. Busby Reviews Target Goals of Solar Scale-Up in India

March 12, 2019

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby co-authored a Council on Foreign Relations blog post on “Bright Future? Fourth Annual Review of Solar Scale-Up in India,” with Sarang Shidore, which addressed the future of India’s solar sector that is trying to meet the government’s 100GW target by 2022. The authors argue that the utility-scale slowdown implies that…

Former Senior Counterterrorism Officials Nick Rasmussen and Michele Malvesti Join the University of Texas at Austin

March 8, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas – Nicholas “Nick” Rasmussen, the former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and Dr. Michele Malvesti, a scholar and former White House counterterrorism advisor, will teach and advise students at the University of Texas-Austin. Rasmussen and Malvesti will hold joint appointments as Senior National Security Fellows at UT’s Strauss Center for International…

Call for Applications: 2019-20 Brumley Next Generation Fellowship Programs

March 1, 2019

The Strauss Center is very pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019-2020 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…

Brumley Student Profile: David Kneeland Investigates Resource Cyberattack Policies

February 25, 2019

David Kneeland, 2nd-year Masters student in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center, working in our Cybersecurity Studies program. Under the guidance of Professors Matt Tait and Michael Sulmeyer, David is performing research for his year-long Brumley project. He’s goes into detail for us here:

MSI’s PRP Winter Break Experience at FM4 Paso Libre

February 19, 2019

Beginning in August 2018, the Mexico Security Initiative’s Policy Research Project has been working with FM4 Paso Libre, an NGO that offers humanitarian assistance to migrants in transit and also conducts research on migration in Mexico. The 16 graduate students in the class are conducting research on four timely topics, including 1) the integration of…