Strauss Center News

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



Gavin Introduces the Next Issue of the Texas National Security Review

August 18, 2021

Francis J. Gavin, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, recently published an essay titled “What If We Are Wrong?” This is the introductory essay for Volume 4, Issue 3 of the Texas National Security Review,…

2021 “Bobby R. Inman Award” Winners Announced

August 16, 2021

The Intelligence Studies Project of the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the winner and two semifinalists in its seventh-annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The recipient of the 2021 “Inman Award” for student scholarship on intelligence is Dr. Alexandra Sukalo, a…

Strauss Hiring ACLED Coding Senior Student Associates

August 13, 2021

The Strauss Center is recruiting three senior student associates to assist with reviewing data on the geography of violence in Latin America for the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED). ACLED is the world’s leading source of real-time political conflict data, providing detailed data on conflict patterns, actors, and dynamics in myriad countries around…

CAMPI Releases August Metering Report

August 13, 2021

The Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative (CAMPI), led by our CAMPI Fellows Savitri Arvey and Caitlyn Yates, have released the quarterly Metering Update for August 2021. This report provides an update on asylum waitlists, asylum seekers, and migrant shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border amid CBP’s asylum processing suspension and the Title 42 exemption processes. It documents approximately 20,600 asylum…

SSSS Opinion: A Maritime Crisis’s Contributions to the Field of Space Traffic Management

August 11, 2021

This op-ed is published in a joint endeavor between the Strauss Center’s Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability (SSSS) program, SpaceWatch and TXSLAPS. In March of this year, the giant container vessel “Ever Given” disrupted global commerce when it was lodged into the bank of the Suez Canal for nearly a week. According to Reuters, about twelve percent of total global trade passes…

Mosser Discusses the U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan

August 10, 2021

Michael Mosser, Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Government and the Center for European Studies, Assistant Director of the Center for European Studies, and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, was recently interviewed by the Texas Standard about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Mosser called the fallout from the withdrawal “disturbing,” noting that the many players in…

Professor Pope Directs a Policy Research Project: “Domestic Terrorism in the Digital Age”

August 5, 2021

J. Paul Pope, Professor of Practice at the LBJ School, Senior Fellow in the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP), and a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, led a ISP policy research project over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year. The final report—“Domestic Terrorism in the Digital Age”—summarizes the nature and scope of the domestic terrorism threat,…

Dr. Jah Discusses Space Junk With Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice

August 4, 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT and Director of the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety Program, was recently interviewed by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice on their podcast, Startalk. Dr. Tyson began the conversation by highlighting Dr. Jah’s collaboration with Moody College of Communication: Eyes on the Sky, an…

Rana Siu Inboden Publishes on China’s Role in UN and Civil Society

July 30, 2021

Rana Siu Inboden, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, recently published an article in the Journal of Democracy titled “China at the UN: Choking Civil Society.” In it, she details how China has utilized its role in the UN’s Economic and Social Council NGO Committee where China has consistently stalled…

Klein, Director of the Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, Discusses Counterterrorism Surveillance

July 28, 2021

Adam Klein, Director of the Strauss Center’s Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, as well as the Deputy Director, and former Chairman of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), was recently featured in a Lawfare Live episode with Benjamin Wittes. In this episode, Klein dives into his experience as Chairman of the PCLOB, paying special…