Strauss Center News

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



Professor Woolley Discusses Digital Surveillance and the Undermining of Privacy Rights

June 1, 2020

Samuel Woolley, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Assistant Professor in the Schools of Journalism and Information recently co-authored a Foreign Affairs piece titled “COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Threat to Privacy.” In it, Woolley and his co-author Katie Joseff discuss how the current discussion surrounding threats to privacy in the age of Covid-19, while worthwhile, do not address the fundamental…

Ten Students Selected for Summer Research Positions

May 29, 2020

The Strauss Center and the LBJ School of Public Affairs are very excited to announce that ten LBJ School students have been selected for the Strauss Center’s summer 2020 research positions. This program arose out of a growing need to provide alternative solutions as more and more students’ summer internships were being canceled due to…

Professor Greitens Discusses the U.S.-China Relationship

May 26, 2020

Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens, incoming Associate Professor at the LBJ School and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently participated in a podcast, dually hosted by This is Democracy and Horns of Dilemma. The conversation on the U.S.-China relationship was wide-ranging, and began with Strauss Distinguished Scholar, and host of This is Democracy, Jeremi Suri, asking Professor…

Strauss Center Scholar Presents Policy Options for Mitigating Civilian Harm in Cyber Operations

May 14, 2020

Strauss Center’s Distinguished Scholar Michael Schmitt recently published “Wired warfare 3.0: Protecting the civilian population during cyber operations” in the International Review of the Red Cross. Schmitt raises two issues that have hobbled attempts to craft a consensus legal framework for cyber operations occurring during armed conflicts. The first is the meaning of the term “attack,” which has…

Mosser Weighs in on the European Union’s Response to Covid

May 13, 2020

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Michael Mosser recently participated in a War on the Rocks podcast titled “The Future of European Governance in a Post-Covid World.” The panelists had a wide-ranging conversation on the host of issues facing the European Union, including the rise of authoritarianism in some European countries, the impact of Covid on the timing of…

Getting Smart on Pandemics: Intelligence in the Wake of COVID-19

May 12, 2020

Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick moderated a recent episode of the “Horns of a Dilemma” podcast, now available on the War on the Rocks website. In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Slick leads a discussion of the role of intelligence in the COVID-19 pandemic. The ISP Director is joined by Bobby Chesney, Director of…

Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the 2020 “Bobby R. Inman Award” for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

May 8, 2020

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the sixth annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5,000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2,500.  This competition is…

Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens Joins UT Austin

May 6, 2020

As part of our efforts to recruit the top national security scholars and practitioners to the University of Texas at Austin, the Strauss Center is excited to announce that Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens will be joining our ranks later this summer. Dr. Greitens’ position is supported by a Chair established jointly by the Strauss Center and…

Beyond the Border Course Releases PRP Summaries

May 4, 2020

Professor Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative at the Strauss Center, recently completed a year-long Policy Research Project (PRP) with a group of graduate students at the LBJ School. The project, titled “Beyond the Border: Central American Migration and Mexico’s Migratory Policy,” took a Mexican policy perspective on Central American migration, and…

Rohrbaugh on Technology Innovation within DHS

May 4, 2020

Benjamin Rohrbaugh, Fellow in the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Strauss Center, co-authored a report for the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School titled Closing Critical Gaps that Hinder Homeland Security Technology Innovation. COVID-19 has overwhelmed the response systems of the United States and clearly shown the scale of the federal government’s underinvestment in public safety…