Strauss Center News

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



CAMPI Migration Model Updated

October 27, 2021

Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative (CAMPI), updated a model to better understand current migration dynamics and to estimate total numbers of unique individuals leaving their communities in Mexico and Central America. The model and the write up (from September) can be found under the Articles section here. The model will continued to be updated…

Slick Publishes Essay on His Experience with Integrating Intelligence

October 22, 2021

Studies in Intelligence, the journal of the U.S. IC’s Center for the Study of Intelligence, recently released an unclassified special edition that includes reflections on the current state of integration within U.S. intelligence.  Studies Volume 65, No. 3 is available in full here. This edition includes an essay by ISP Director Steve Slick “On a Path…

Greitens Discusses 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Human Rights

October 21, 2021

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, was quoted in a recent AP article on the absence of human rights discussions ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The article notes that when Xi Jinping led the International Olympic Committee in 2008, the Committee…

Klein Discusses Recent Controversies Surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

October 18, 2021

Adam Klein, Director of the Strauss Center’s Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs and Deputy Director of the Strauss Center, joined the Lawfare Podcast with Jacob Schulz and Benjamin Wittes to discuss the Justice Department inspector general’s recent report on the FBI’s mishandling of FISA applications. The podcast discusses the roles of FBI and the secretive…

Leutert and Yates Examine Women’s Involvement in Migrant Kidnappings in Mexico

October 13, 2021

Director of the Strauss Center’s Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative (CAMPI), Stephanie Leutert, and Strauss Campi Fellow, Caitlyn Yates, recently co-authored a chapter for Beyond Drugs, Smuggling and Trafficking: Violence, Victimization, and Community Action in Mexico’s Criminal Landscape. This collection of essays uses community-based research to address conceptual gaps present in Mexico’s dominant organized crime narrative. Leutert’s…

ISP Now Accepting Applications for Texas Intelligence Academy 2022

October 11, 2021

The Intelligence Studies Project is now accepting applications to participate in Texas Intelligence Academy (TIA) 2022. The TIA is a competitive, all-expenses paid, intensive academic program for UT System undergraduate students focused on intelligence and national security in Washington, D.C. TIA 2022 will run from May 22 to June 1, 2022. The deadline for applications…

Professor Greitens Discusses China’s View on the U.S. Border

October 8, 2021

On September 24, Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, appeared on the On Balance with Leland Vittert show to discuss Chinese state media commentary on the U.S. border situation. She argued that Chinese diplomats and outlets like the Global Times have become more vocal about their efforts to delegitimize Western…

Professor Rana Siu Inboden Discusses China’s Participation in the Human Rights Regime on the Democracy Paradox Podcast

October 7, 2021

Professor Rana Siu Inboden, a Senior Fellow with the Strauss Center, recently joined Justin Kempf of the Democracy Paradox podcast to speak about China’s role in the international human rights regime and the findings from her book, China and the International Human Rights Regime: 1982-2017. The podcast explores China’s role during the formation of the UN…

Avramov Discusses the Weaponization of Ransomware Attacks

October 5, 2021

In a recent op-ed published in The Hill, Kiril Avramov discusses the role of ransomware attacks in political warfare. Dr. Avramov is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at UT Austin, a Fellow to the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP), and a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar. Noting the increase in ransomware attacks in recent…

Professor Chen Participates in U.S.-China Tech Panel with the Library of Congress

October 4, 2021

Dr. Wenhong Chen, Distinguished Scholar in the Strauss Center, participated in a panel discussion hosted by the John W. Kluge Center on the conflict over technology between the U.S. and China. The Kluge Center at the Library of Congress brings relevant scholarship to the attention of policymakers and the interested public, drawing from the expertise…