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Report on Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico Released by MSI Director

June 24, 2019

In their report, Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico: Regional Differences, Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, and Caitlyn Yates, research coordinator at IBI Consultants and the National Defense University, present data they collected on migrant kidnappings in Mexico. They cover 388 cases that include 8000 victims and 451 individual kidnappers. The authors separate the data set…

Central American Migration Discussed by MSI Director in Foreign Affairs Article

June 24, 2019

In her recent Foreign Affairs article, The Migration Disconnect, Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative, attempts to answer the question of why Central American migrants keep coming despite the issue receiving years of high-level attention and billions of dollars.

MSI Director Discusses How Climate Change Affects Honduras and Migration

June 24, 2019

In the Washington Post article, How Climate Change is Affecting Rural Honduras and Pushing People North, Stephanie Leutert, Strauss Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, looks at the threat climate change poses to Honduran farmers. She explains that Honduras is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The economy is weather dependent–with one out of…

Brumley Student Profile: Courtney Broderick Explores Mexico/U.S. Immigration & Security Policy

June 24, 2019

Courtney Broderick, PhD candidate in the Department of History, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. In this program, Courtney will work on a year-long research project with advisement from faculty mentor Stephanie Leutert, Director of our Mexico Security Initiative.

MSI Director Analyzes the Relationship Between Crime and Migration

June 24, 2019

In a recent article for the New York Times, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, Stephanie Leutert, tells the story of crime and migration. Leutert explains, contrary to the claims made in today’s political rhetoric, that the majority of Central American migrants who make it to the U.S.-Mexico border are “not perpetrators but rather victims…

Strauss Center Welcomes MSI Postdoctoral Fellow Jacob Dizard

June 24, 2019

Dr. Jacob Dizard recently joined The Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative and UT Austin’s Department of Government to craft a course on the relationships between policy and violence in Mexico. He shares with us here details on his upcoming 2018 Fall class, Mexico: Violence, Politics, Rule Of Law.

South China Morning Post Highlights Countering China’s Security State Conference

June 24, 2019

A South China Morning Post article highlighted the Strauss Center’s June 6th conference, “Countering China’s Security State: A Bipartisan Approach.” The article, authored by Washington correspondent Mark Magnier, discusses the Trump administration’s choice to include Taiwan on a list of countries in a recent Department of Defense report.

Strauss Center Announces 2019 – 2020 Brumley Next Generation Scholars

June 19, 2019

The Robert Strauss Center is very pleased to announce the acceptance of nine undergraduate students to its 2019 – 2020 class of  Brumley Next Generation Scholars. The program’s new class comprises an impressive group of undergraduate students drawn from schools and departments across UT campus. 

Joshua Eisenman Discusses Bi-Partisanship for Effective Strategy Towards China

June 13, 2019

In his article, America Needs Unity on China, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Eisenman and co-author Devin Stewart argue that bi-partisanship is essential for the U.S. to develop an effective strategy towards China. The United States and China are engaged in a “systems level” competition which includes influence campaign propaganda, cyber war, intellectual property theft, and…

New Data Confirms Political Violence Targeting Women is on the Rise

May 29, 2019

Women around the world are facing unprecedented levels of targeted political violence. According to new data on political violence targeting women collated by the Robert Strauss Center and Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), the threat to women has grown in recent years, currently reaching some of the highest levels ever recorded.