Strauss Center News

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



Jah Featured in NPR Short Wave’s SPACE WEEK

September 11, 2020

Professor Moriba Jah, Program Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety Program, was recently featured in an episode of NPR Short Wave’s SPACE WEEK series. In it, he briefed listeners on the basics of orbital debris, also known as space junk. After describing the varieties of orbital debris (“everything from upper-stage rocket bodies,…

CAMPI PRP Report Featured in a Hill Op-Ed

September 10, 2020

In a recent op-ed published by The Hill, the project “Migrant Protection Protocols: Implementation and Consequences for Asylum Seekers in Mexico” was cited. This project, led by Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Strauss Center’s Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative, was the result of a year-long research endeavor undertaken by four graduate students at the…

Presenting the National Security Law Lectures

September 10, 2020

Professor Robert Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center, and Professor Matthew Waxman of Columbia Law School recently shared the first ten lectures of the National Security Law Lectures. This series includes one lecture that serves as an introduction to the field as a whole, as well as several specific lectures ranging in topics from intelligence…

Distinguished Scholar Discusses the Challenges Facing China Scholars in the COVID Era

September 10, 2020

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, discussed the potential repercussions of China’s new “Hong Kong National Security Law” for American educational institutions in a number of recent media appearances.   These included interviews with Medium and Deutsche-Welle News (in Mandarin), a video roundtable in Politico, and a short written…

Former NextGen Scholar Publishes a Piece With USIP

September 8, 2020

Amanda Long, a former Strauss Center Next Generation Undergraduate Scholar, recently co-authored a United States Institute of Peace article titled “America can build peace better—if it includes women.” In it, she and her co-author Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast discuss the forthcoming 10-year Global Fragility Strategy which will be presented to Congress by various federal officials in…

Director Brennan Speaks With UT Students About National Security and Public Service

September 3, 2020

On Thursday, September 3, 2020, former CIA Director John Brennan, and Senior Advisor of the Intelligence Studies Project, joined in a virtual conversation on national security with the University of Texas at Austin students. Director Brennan provided remarks emphasizing the value of public service and encouraged students to take full advantage of the array of…

Professor Vladeck Discusses the Recent Supreme Court Leak

September 3, 2020

In a recent Bloomberg podcast, Professor Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, discussed the recent extraordinary Supreme Court leaks which provide insight into the inner workings of the court throughout the past term. He began by noting that while Supreme Court leaks happen…

SSS Lead Discusses Mars, Space Debris, Exclusivity in the Space Community, and More

September 1, 2020

In a recent SpaceWatch.Global podcast, Professor Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the Cockrell School of Engineering, where he holds the Mrs. Pearlie Dashiell Henderson Centennial Fellowship in Engineering, and Lead of the Space Security and Safety Program at the Strauss Center, discussed a host of issues related to his expertise and research….

Greitens Weighs in on the Trump Administration’s Executive Order regarding TikTok and WeChat

August 26, 2020

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently participated in a podcast moderated by Strauss Center Director Robert Chesney. In this conversation, Greitens and co-panelist Ronald Deibert discuss the recent Executive Order by the Trump administration that sanctions TikTok and WeChat, situating this development in the context of the…

SSS Opinion: What Bedouins Can Teach Us About Space Sustainability

August 24, 2020

This op-ed is published in a joint endeavor between the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety (SSS) program, SpaceWatch and TXSLAPS. Sustainability has been practiced as a precondition for survival by many indigenous groups throughout the span of history. For those of us concerned with sustainability in space—or “the ability of all humanity to continue to use outer space for peaceful purposes…