Strauss Center News

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



Dr. Jah Provides Recommendations for the Office of Space Commerce’s New STM Pilot Program

January 19, 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah, Director of the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety Program and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin, recently published an op-ed on SpaceWatch.Global. In it, he provides recommendations for the forthcoming Space Traffic Management Pilot program to be headed by the Office of Space Commerce. His recommendations…

SSS Video Series Episode: The International Space Station

January 14, 2021

In this second episode of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) Program Informational Space Policy Video series—the Strauss Center’s Brumley Fellow for the SSS program, Alyssa Goessler dives into the geopolitics of the International Space Station. Alyssa describes some of the earliest political tensions surrounding the ISS and explains how, despite these early tensions, it…

Strauss Scholars Contribute to COVID-19 Policy Tool Kit

January 4, 2021

Several Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars contributed to a recent LBJ School publication, “Resiliency in the Age of COVID-19: A Policy Tool Kit.” This tool kit is broken down into twenty-nine separate essays addressing different policy aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. In his essay titled “Historical Thinking for Resilient Leaders,” Professor Jeremi Suri emphasizes the utility…

Strauss Center December Update

December 11, 2020

1.  Cybersecurity Policy Competition (Jan. 7-8) What: In early January, the Strauss Center will host a round of the Atlantic Council’s “Cyber 9/12” cybersecurity policy competition (featuring teams of graduate and undergraduate students from around the nation competing in an exercise simulating a cybersecurity crisis). Why It Matters: This annual event is a great opportunity…

Announcing the Winner of the 2020 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship

December 9, 2020

The Robert Strauss Center and Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law are excited to announce that Elena Chachko, Lecturer on Law and S.J.D Candidate at Harvard Law School, is the winner of the 2020 Mike Lewis Prize for National Security Law Scholarship.

Jah Launches New Space Situational Awareness Project With IBM

December 2, 2020

Professor Moriba Jah, Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety Program and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, recently launched a Space Situational Awareness Project with IBM. This project will use IBM’s technologies to build upon ASTRIAGraph, the existing open source…

SSS Program Releases Interview with Dr. Ruth Stilwell

November 24, 2020

In this inaugural space expert interview episode of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) video series, Dr. Ruth Stilwell, Executive Director of Aerospace Policy Solutions LLC, sits down with Collin Ma, a Senior at UT Austin studying Mechanical Engineering who also serves as the Director of Test Operations for the Texas Engineering Rocket Lab. In this episode, Dr….

General Brooks and Prof. Greitens Discuss America’s Relationship with the Korean Peninsula

November 23, 2020

In a recent episode of Horns of a Dilemma titled “It’s Not Just Over There: The American Commitment to the Korean Peninsula,” General Vincent Brooks, Strauss Center Distinguished Senior Fellow, and Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor at the LBJ School and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, discussed a broad range of topics related to the U.S.’s…

Chesney Introduces the TNSR’s Special Cyber Competition Issue

November 11, 2020

Robert Chesney, James Baker Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, and Director of the Strauss Center, recently co-authored the introductory essay for the special Cyber Competition issue of the Texas National Security Review, a publication which is co-sponsored by the Strauss Center. In it, he and…

Greitens Discusses the Crisis in Xinjiang

November 9, 2020

In a recent Lawfare podcast, Sheena Greitens, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, joined fellow panelist Jordan Schneider to discuss the ongoing human rights crisis in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. Greitens began by providing a brief history on the current crisis, noting that it began in 2017 when Xinjiang’s…