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MSI Director Leutert Awarded LLILAS Benson Mexico Center’s Mexico Center Award for Opinion Writing

May 13, 2019

Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, has been awarded the Mexico Center Award for Opinion Writing by the LLILAS Benson Mexico Center. The award recognizes five U.T. faculty members for publications relating to UT Mexico work.

Political Violence Events – Meet the Data Coders: Kaidy Li

May 2, 2019

In partnership with ACLED Data, The Strauss Center has begun a new project analyzing political violence events. Some of our UT Austin undergraduate student coders in the program have agreed to talk about their work for the project, in anticipation for the program’s imminent report release.

Political Violence Events – Meet the Data Coders: Tatiana Guevara

May 1, 2019

In partnership with ACLED Data, The Strauss Center has begun a new project analyzing political violence events. Some of the UT Austin undergraduate student coders in the program have agreed to talk about their work for the project, in anticipation for the program’s imminent report release.

Call for Papers: The University of Texas at Austin Announces the 2019 “Bobby R. Inman Award” for Student Scholarship on Intelligence

May 1, 2019

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the fifth 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 $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500.  This competition is open to…

Joshua Busby Discusses Impact of Climate Change on Fragile States in PBS Interview

April 29, 2019

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby gave an interview on the PBS segment, In Niger, Rising Temperatures Mean Barren Fields, but Fertile Ground for Terrorism, where he discussed the impact of climate change on fragile states. The segment itself focused on how the Sahel region in Africa is already facing immediate risks from climate change. There…

USAID Publishes Fragility-Climate Policy Briefs by Moran, Busby, Raleigh, and Strauss Research Team

April 29, 2019

In their newly released Policy Summary: The Nexus of Fragility and Climate Risks published by USAID, Director of the Strauss Center’s State Fragility Initiative Ashley Moran, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, Strauss Senior Fellow Clionadh Raleigh, and their colleagues present policy recommendations to address compound risks that arise when states experience fragility and climate risks…

Sue Gordon’s Remarks from Intelligence Studies Symposium Featured in Washington Post Article

April 4, 2019

Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Susan Gordon, delivered keynote remarks at last week’s Intelligence Studies Project spring symposium: “Intelligence in Transition.” In a follow-up article for the Washington Post, national security reporter and fellow symposium participant, Ellen Nakashima, quoted Gordon’s remarks and complimented her candor.

CEPSA Brief Released Discussing Climate Change Vulnerability in South and Southeast Asia

April 4, 2019

In a recently released research brief, CEPSA Researcher and Strauss Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Joshua Busby and his team discuss climate change vulnerability in South and Southeast Asia. CEPSA Research Brief No. 12, titled “Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia V2”, presents the updated findings of the Asian Climate Security Vulnerability model version 2 (ACSV V2), an…

Rana Inboden Publishes Report on Authoritarian States and Civil Society Participation in the UN

April 3, 2019

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Rana Siu Inboden investigates the role of authoritarian countries in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) NGO Committee and finds that the Like-Minded Group (LMG), a coalition of largely authoritarian nations, have often blocked non-governmental organizations (NGO) from gaining consultative status in the United Nations. Her findings are presented in the…

MSI Director Leutert Analyzes Central American Migration

April 2, 2019

In her article, “How Many Central Americans Are Traveling North,” (Spanish version available here) Mexico Security Initiative Director Stephanie Leutert, along with LBJ Student Sarah Spalding, attempt to calculate how many Central Americans are making the trip to the United States. To answer the question, they build a model that incorporates data from U.S. Customs…

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