Strauss Center News

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



Dr. Jah Awarded Membership in the International Academy of Astronautics

October 30, 2020

Professor Moriba Jah, Lead of the Space Security and Safety Program at the Strauss Center and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the Cockrell School of Engineering, was recently named a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA.) The IAA is “an independent organization of distinguished individuals elected by their peers…

Rohrbaugh Co-Authors Report on the Changing International Security Landscape

October 26, 2020

Ben Rohrbaugh, Fellow in the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Strauss Center, recently co-authored a report titled “Transnational Threats and the 2020 Election.” In it, he and his co-authors asses the changing international threat landscape, emphasizing that today’s most daunting national security threats are of non-state origin—a complication which will inevitably bedevil…

Chesney Assesses the Commerce Department’s Statement on the TikTok and WeChat Sanctions

October 20, 2020

In a recent piece published for Lawfare, Professor Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center and James Baker Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UT School of Law, discusses the scope of the recent U.S. sanctions on TikTok and WeChat, which went into effect on September 20, 2020. Chesney specifically discusses the…

Professor Jah Launches “Moriba’s Vox Populi” Web Series

October 15, 2020

In the inaugural episode of his new web series, “Moriba’s Vox Populi”, Professor Moriba Jah, Program Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety Program, hosted a diverse panel of space experts for an organic conversation on a host of space-related issues. The panelists began with a discussion of light pollution and specifically the rift between astronomers, who…

Greitens Quoted in the Financial Times

October 12, 2020

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor at the LBJ School and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, was quoted in a recent Financial Times piece titled “China’s great power play puts Asia on edge.” This article discusses the escalation of tensions in China’s southern in eastern regions, which raise “ fears of conflict sparked by miscalculation or even by design.” This article provides…

Slick Discusses Trust and Distrust in the American Political System

October 8, 2020

Professor Stephen B. Slick, Director of the Intelligence Studies Project, recently participated in a Council on Foreign Relations panel discussion on the theory of a “deep state” and the erosion of public trust in the U.S. government. Professor Slick began by affirming that there is, in fact, no “deep state,” and then moved to discuss the special interest…

Call for Nominations: 2020 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship

October 7, 2020

The Strauss Center 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 Lewis of ONU, a much-loved colleague and prolific scholar who passed away…

Our October Update

October 6, 2020

It is a fall semester unlike any we have seen before, as it continues to be a difficult time in the life of our state, our nation, and the world.  Read on to get a sense of how our students and faculty are staying engaged, and be sure to check out our homepage too. RECENT AND UPCOMING…

TNSR Releases Special Issue on Cyber Competition

September 28, 2020

In the Texas National Security Review’s—which is co-sponsored by the Strauss Center—recent special issue on cyber competition, Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, James Baker Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UT School of Law, co-chaired the “Policy Roundtable: Cyber Conflict as an Intelligence Contest.” Chesney co-authored the introduction to this…

Brumley Fellow Warns of Biotechnology Arms Race in the Wake of COVID-19

September 24, 2020

Marigny Kirschke-Schwartz, a Strauss Center Brumley Fellow specializing in defense policy, recently published an op-ed in The National Interest titled “America Must Act To Avoid A Biotechnology Arms Race.” In it, she highlights a potentially dangerous externality of the expansion of biodefense infrastructure which has occurred as countries race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Namely,…