Strauss Center News

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



Brumley Student Profile: Diana Bolsinger Explores Private Groups’ “Overt Action” For Mujahedin

December 4, 2018

Diana Bolsinger, PhD candidate at The LBJ School of Public Affairs, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. The Fellows are now settled into their year-long research projects, and Diana shares with us today details of what she’s working on:

Report on Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico Released by MSI Director

November 30, 2018

In their report, Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico: Regional Differences, Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, and Caitlyn Yates, research coordinator at IBI Consultants and the National Defense University, present data they collected on migrant kidnappings in Mexico. They cover 388 cases that include 8000 victims and 451 individual kidnappers. The authors separate the data set…

Brumley Fellow Analyzes State-Civil Society in Tunisia

November 30, 2018

In a recent article for Open Democracy, Brumley NextGen Senior Fellow, Maro Youssef shared her analysis of the relationship between the state and civil society in Tunisia. Youssef’s Brumley research project centralizes around civil society, democracy, and women’s participation in Tunisia. Last spring Youssef travelled to Tunisia to perform interviews with leaders of Tunisia’s women’s…

Central American Migration Discussed by MSI Director in Foreign Affairs Article

November 26, 2018

In her recent Foreign Affairs article, The Migration Disconnect, Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative, attempts to answer the question of why Central American migrants keep coming despite the issue receiving years of high-level attention and billions of dollars.

MSI Director Discusses How Climate Change Affects Honduras and Migration

November 20, 2018

In the Washington Post article, How Climate Change is Affecting Rural Honduras and Pushing People North, Stephanie Leutert, Strauss Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, looks at the threat climate change poses to Honduran farmers. She explains that Honduras is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The economy is weather dependent–with one out of…

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Eisenman Discusses China’s Reform and Opening Up

November 16, 2018

In his Washington Post article, What we Really Know About China’s Reform and Opening Up, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Eisenman debunks some of the widely held myths about China’s Reform and Opening Up program begun in 1978. Reform and Opening Up is a “blend of market and socialist policies initiated by Deng Xiaoping” and the communist party…

The 2018 Mike Lewis Prize Winner is Kristen Eichensehr

November 15, 2018

The Robert Strauss Center and Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law are excited to announce that Kristen Eichensehr, Assistant Professor at UCLA School of Law, is the winner of the 2018 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship.

Director of Strauss’ Mexico Security Initiative Discusses Border Security

November 13, 2018

In her recent Lawfare article, The Invisible Caravans, the Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, Stephanie Leutert, describes the reality of the migrant caravan making its way towards the United States. She begins with the fact that the caravan makes up only 10% of the total people who will seek asylum in the United States in…

Foreign Affairs Article by Distinguished Scholar Analyzes Myanmar

November 5, 2018

In his Foreign Affairs article, Where Myanmar Went Wrong, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Zoltan Barany analyzes State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s role in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Dr. Barany addresses the discrimination the Rohingya have faced, who Suu Kyi is, what her relationship is with the Burmese military, and what she could have…

Strauss Center Hosts “Austin Regional” for the Atlantic Council’s Cybersecurity Policy Competition (Jan. 10-11) – Registration Open

November 4, 2018

We are excited to announce that the Robert Strauss Center at The University of Texas at Austin is partnering with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative to host a “regional” round of the Atlantic Council’s renowned cybersecurity policy competition. This stand-alone event will take place at the University of Texas School of Law on January 10th and…