Strauss Center News

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



Brumley Student Profile: Robyn Morse Readies Research on Oman

September 18, 2018

Robyn Morse, third-year, dual-language (Arabic & Persian) Master’s student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. In this program, Robyn will work on a year-long research project with advisement from faculty mentor Ashley Moran, Program Director of our State Fragility Initiative. We checked in with…

Distinguished Scholar Dr. Busby Publishes Climate Report with the Atlantic Council

September 17, 2018

In a recent publication for the Atlantic Council, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby examines the future of climate leadership, the status of climate policy under President Trump, and the potential for cooperation and engagement across the world. The report, “Climate Leadership in Uncertain Times,” co-authored by Climate Advisers’ Nigel Purvis, stresses the need for…

Strauss Grad Student Associate’s Summer ’18 Internship in Tokyo

September 5, 2018

This summer, Strauss Center Graduate Student Associate Claire Huitt had the opportunity to intern for the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Over the course of three months, Huitt was able to work on a variety of issues and events, including writing cables and delivering demarches, planning the 2018 Independence Day festivities,…

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Publishes Study on Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia

August 31, 2018

In the most recent edition of World Development, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby et al., published “In Harm’s Way: Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia.” In the article, Dr. Busby addresses climate security vulnerability across a particularly and increasingly exposed region: South and Southeast Asia. The article models and analyzes climate security vulnerability in eleven…

Distinguished Scholar Joshua Eisenman Conducts Interviews in Africa Summer ’18

August 24, 2018

This summer, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Eisenman and former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia David H. Shinn conducted dozens of interviews on China-Africa political and military relations with government officials, political party leaders, military leaders, journalists and academics in five African countries – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, and South Africa.

ISP Sponsored PRP Report on “Interagency Performance in Counterterrorism Operations” Released

August 24, 2018

In the 2017-2018 academic year, students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs participated in a Policy Research Project sponsored by the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP), and led by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and ISP Senior Fellow J. Paul Pope. Their report on “Interagency Performance in Counterterrorism Operations: Implications for the ‘Gray Zone’” examined integration and…

Strauss Center Welcomes MSI Postdoctoral Fellow Jacob Dizard

August 22, 2018

Dr. Jacob Dizard recently joined The Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative and UT Austin’s Department of Government to craft a course on the relationships between policy and violence in Mexico. He shares with us here details on his upcoming 2018 Fall class, Mexico: Violence, Politics, Rule Of Law:

Strauss Center Seeking Five Research Assistants

August 15, 2018

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a research project which records, publishes and analyzes disaggregated data on political violence. The data are publicly available along with information about the project at The data are used for a range of purposes, from academic research on dynamics of conflict to informing diplomatic…

Strauss Senior Fellow Discusses Exposing DNC Hack

August 13, 2018

In a recent article for the Weekly Standard, Strauss Center Senior Fellow Matt Tait discusses his involvement in exposing the Russians involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) email servers in 2016. Following the first posting of stolen documents to WikiLeaks, Tait, a former British spy, used publicly available information to eventually conclude that…

Director of Strauss Center Mexico Security Initiative Weighs in on Border Migration Debate

July 10, 2018

Stephanie Leutert, the director of the Mexico Security Initiative, weighed in on the recent border migration debate with her recent article, “Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming” for Lawfare.