Strauss Center News

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



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…

Brumley Student Profile: Quimberly Jasso Analyzes China’s NGO Restriction Policies

October 30, 2018

Quimberly Jasso, International Relations and Global Studies senior, is a Brumley Next Generation Scholar at the Strauss Center. Beyond the Scholars’ professional development class and other academic pursuits, Quimberly is working on her Liberal Arts Honors senior thesis, researching the interplay between authoritarian regimes, civil society, and NGOs with China as the case study.

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Weighs in on Khashoggi Disappearance

October 22, 2018

In a recent article for Foreign Policy, Strauss Distinguished Scholar and Clements Center for National Security Director, Dr. Will Inboden, commented on the effect of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on U.S.-Saudi relations.

The Double Burden of Climate Exposure and State Fragility

October 19, 2018

In the article, The Double Burden of Climate Exposure and State Fragility, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, Strauss Director of the State Fragility Initiative Ashley Moran, and Strauss Senior Fellow Clionadh Raleigh present the findings of “The Intersection of Global Fragility and Climate Risks” study they conducted with other researchers for USAID. As the…

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer Gives Public Talk

October 18, 2018

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, the Strauss Center and Clements Center welcomed Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, who spoke on “The Challenges Facing Israel Today” at the LBJ Library Atrium. President Greg Fenves provided the introduction. Ambassador Dermer spoke on Iran, the realignment of the Middle East, Israeli economic and commercial prospects,…

ISP Joins LBJ School in Welcoming CIA’s First Resident Intelligence Officer

October 17, 2018

The University of Texas at Austin is home to the Central Intelligence Agency’s first resident intelligence officer (RIO) under its new Visiting Intelligence Officer Program. As UT’s RIO, Alan Kessler joins the university community to help bridge the gap between the intelligence community and academia. Kessler will work within the LBJ School of Public Affairs through fall…

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Evaluates NSA Advisor’s Criticism of the ICC

October 17, 2018

In a recent article for the Washington Post, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Dr. Terrence Chapman evaluated National Security Adviser John Bolton’s criticism of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is an independent and permanent international court which prosecutes war crimes and crimes against humanity. Bolton, who has opposed the court since its inception, argues…

Brumley Student Profile: Courtney Broderick Explores Mexico/U.S. Immigration & Security Policy

October 16, 2018

Courtney Broderick, PhD candidate in the Department of History, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. In this program, Courtney will work on a year-long research project with advisement from faculty mentor Stephanie Leutert, Director of our Mexico Security Initiative.