Strauss Center News

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



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…

Kuperman Urges Congress to a Fund Low Enriched Uranium Development Program

September 30, 2021

Alan Kuperman, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, recently published an op-ed on the Navy’s use of weapons-grade nuclear materials in reactors that power its ships. In it, he argues that the U.S. must take the lead in stemming the flow of these materials in order to avoid a…

CAMPI Director Builds Central America Migration Model

September 28, 2021

This past month, Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative (CAMPI), built 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 focuses on unique individuals (by subtracting repeat encounters) and aims to capture populations…

Strauss and Clements Announce the Launch of the Asia Policy Program

September 24, 2021

The Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint program at the University of Texas at Austin: the Asia Policy Program. The Asia Policy Program (APP) will address the region’s increasing importance in global politics, U.S. foreign policy, and U.S. national security.  The program will foster research, dialogue, and education about policy-relevant…

Professor Rana Siu Inboden’s Research Cited in a WSJ Article

September 21, 2021

A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed China’s use of its seat on the United Nations NGO Committee to insist that civil society organizations applying for UN consultative status refer to Taiwan as a part of China.  The article cited the work of Professor Rana Siu Inboden, a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar.  As the article illustrates, applicants often receive…

Jah Comments on Astroscale’s Successful Demonstration

September 17, 2021

Professor Moriba Jah was quoted in a Smithsonian article on the first successful test of an orbital debris removal technology. Professor Jah is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and Lead of the Strauss Center’s Space Security, Safety, and Sustainability Program. The article discusses the recent successful test of Astroscale Inc.’s debris removal technology,…

Suri Calls for a Reassessment of the Size and Role of the U.S. Military

September 14, 2021

Professor Jeremi Suri, a Professor in UT Austin’s Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently published an op-ed in the New York Times titled “History Is Clear. America’s Military Is Way Too Big.” In it, he argues that the war in Afghanistan is “stark evidence of how counterproductive global military dominance…

Chesney Releases an Updated eCasebook and a Case Study on the SolarWinds Hack

September 9, 2021

Professor Robert Chesney recently published an updated version of his eCasebook—“Cybersecurity Law, Policy, and Institutions”—with a special case study on the Russian cyber-espionage campaign against SolarWinds. Professor Chesney is the Director of the Strauss Center and holds the James Baker Chair and serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas…

Schmitt Assesses the Role of the “Plea of Necessity” in Cyber Strategy

September 7, 2021

Professor Michael Schmitt recently co-authored an article titled “The Plea of Necessity: An Oft Overlooked Response Option to Hostile Cyber Operations” in the U.S. Naval War College’s journal, International Law Studies. Professor Schmitt is a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Professor of Public International Law at Reading Law School (UK), the Francis Lieber Distinguished Scholar at the Lieber Institute of…