Strauss Center News

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



Professor Rana Siu Inboden’s Research Cited in a WSJ Article

September 21, 2021

A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed China’s use of its seat on the United Nations NGO Committee to insist that civil society organizations applying for UN consultative status refer to Taiwan as a part of China.  The article cited the work of Professor Rana Siu Inboden, a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar.  As the article illustrates, applicants often receive…

Jah Comments on Astroscale’s Successful Demonstration

September 17, 2021

Professor Moriba Jah was quoted in a Smithsonian article on the first successful test of an orbital debris removal technology. Professor Jah is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability Program. The article discusses the recent successful test of Astroscale Inc.’s debris removal technology,…

Suri Calls for a Reassessment of the Size and Role of the U.S. Military

September 14, 2021

Professor Jeremi Suri, a Professor in UT Austin’s Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently published an op-ed in the New York Times titled “History Is Clear. America’s Military Is Way Too Big.” In it, he argues that the war in Afghanistan is “stark evidence of how counterproductive global military dominance…

Chesney Releases an Updated eCasebook and a Case Study on the SolarWinds Hack

September 9, 2021

Professor Robert Chesney recently published an updated version of his eCasebook—“Cybersecurity Law, Policy, and Institutions”—with a special case study on the Russian cyber-espionage campaign against SolarWinds. Professor Chesney is the Director of the Strauss Center and holds the James Baker Chair and serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas…

Schmitt Assesses the Role of the “Plea of Necessity” in Cyber Strategy

September 7, 2021

Professor Michael Schmitt recently co-authored an article titled “The Plea of Necessity: An Oft Overlooked Response Option to Hostile Cyber Operations” in the U.S. Naval War College’s journal, International Law Studies. Professor Schmitt is a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Professor of Public International Law at Reading Law School (UK), the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of…

Inboden Discusses the Fallout in Afghanistan

September 1, 2021

In a recent article published in The Bulwark, Professor William Inboden discusses how the developments in Afghanistan harm the U.S.’s credibility. Professor Inboden is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs, a Strauss Center Distinguished Fellow, and the Executive Director of the Clements Center. In his article, Inboden argues that the Trump-Biden withdrawal is not only a national humiliation but that…

Call for Nominations: 2021 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship

August 27, 2021

The Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin and Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law (ONU), in consultation with the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on National Security Law, have established the Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship. The prize honors Professor Mike…

Dr. Jah Interviewed by VICE Motherboard

August 24, 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT and Program Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability Program, was recently featured in a VICE Motherboard episode on space environmentalism and its role in preventing collisions in orbit. Dr. Jah began by explaining the basics of space junk, providing an overview of…

Sankaran Discusses U.S. Policy Options in Addressing Chinese and North Korean Missile Accumulation

August 23, 2021

In a recent policy op-ed titled “Countering China and North Korea’s mad dash for missiles,” Jaganath Sankaran, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, discusses the U.S.’s policy options in responding to China and North Korea’s accumulation of ballistic missiles. The U.S. may “respond in kind” by deploying missiles in the region; it may expand missile…

Greitens Interviewed on Show “On Balance With Leland Vittert”

August 20, 2021

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, was recently interviewed on On Balance With Leland Vittert. Greitens discussed the recent news regarding Huawei’s hiring of former Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta as a consultant. Greitens noted the long history of people working in the United States Government and…