Strauss Center News

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



Chesney Assesses the U.S. Legal Framework on Cyber Operations

August 18, 2020

Professor Robert M. Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, James A. Baker Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, recently published an essay in the Aegis Paper Series of the Hoover Institution Journal titled “The Domestic Legal Framework for U.S….

Vladeck Discusses Intelligence and Analysis Protocols for the Recent Protests

August 13, 2020

Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law and Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center, recently co-authored a piece for Lawfare on the DHS authorization of domestic surveillance in order to protect federal personnel and facilities, as well as other non-federal monuments. In it, Vladeck and his co-author Benjamin Wittes discuss an unclassified document recently obtained by Lawfare which provides…

CAMPI Fellow Publishes Book on Homeland Security

August 11, 2020

Ben Rohrbaugh, a Fellow in the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative, recently published a book More or Less Afraid of Everything: Homeland Security, Borders, and Disasters in the Twenty-First Century. The book covers migration, borders, cybersecurity, natural disasters, and terrorism. Despite ongoing attention, these problems seem to be getting bigger even as the political…

Jah Calls for Space Transparency, Predictability, and Accountability

August 10, 2020

Dr. Moriba Jah, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Program Lead of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program at the Strauss Center, Director of the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics (ASTRIA) program, and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, recently co-authored an…

Dr. Bianca Adair to Serve As the New Resident Intelligence Officer at UT-Austin

August 7, 2020

Dr. Bianca Adair, an officer in the Directorate of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency, will serve as the Resident Intelligence Officer at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs from Fall 2020 to Fall 2022. A successor to Dr. Alan Kessler in the Visiting Intelligence Officer Program inaugurated in 2018, Dr. Adair will continue bringing intelligence expertise…

LBJ Library Director Mark Lawrence Discusses Presidential Libraries and the Contradictory Legacy of LBJ

August 6, 2020

On a recent interview for a Horns of a Dilemma podcast episode, Mark A. Lawrence, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Director of the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, discussed presidential libraries in a general sense as well as the LBJ library specifically. He began by commenting on the status of the LBJ Presidential Library…

Schmitt Suggests an Attribution Mechanism for the Murky Field of International Cyber Law

August 4, 2020

Michael Schmitt, Professor of Law at the University of Reading, Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute at West Point and Distinguished Scholar with the Strauss Center, has co-authored titled “An International Attribution Mechanism for Hostile Cyber Operations” for the journal International Law Studies journal. In it, he and his co-author Yuval Shany begin by addressing the…

Strauss Director Chesney Dissects the Recent Discovery of a Revision to CIA Cyber Operations Procedures

July 30, 2020

Professor Robert M. Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, James A. Baker Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, recently published a Lawfare piece titled “The CIA, Covert Action and Operations in Cyberspace.”  In it, Chesney lays out the implication…

Brumley and Cybersecurity Fellow Published in “International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence”

July 29, 2020

Caroline Burks, a 2020-21 Brumley Fellow and a Cybersecurity Fellow with the Strauss Center, recently published a paper “The Psychology of ‘Orwell the Snitch’: Applying Psychological Theories of Agent Recruitment” in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. The paper employs several widely-accepted theories on the motivations of human intelligence sources to explain the role of celebrated…

Sankaran Models the Efficacy of U.S. Missile Defense Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region

July 28, 2020

Jaganath Sankaran, Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently published a research article in the Journal of East Asian Studies titled “Missile Defenses and Strategic Stability in Asia: Evidence From Simulations.” In it, he presents the results from his series of simulation experiments, which empirically test “opposing arguments over…