Strauss Center News

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



Spring 2021 Newsletter

June 23, 2021

Hello from Austin and the 40 Acres! With the spring semester of 2021 officially over, I’m eager to bring you up to speed on some of the exciting recent developments at the Strauss Center. It was quite the semester, notwithstanding all the challenges of this most-unusual year! As you read on, you’ll hear about the extraordinary students we’ve selected to be our Brumley Fellows and Scholars for the coming year; the latest round of our uniquely impactful “Metering Report”; and more!

Adam Klein Joins Strauss as Director of New Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, and as Strauss’ Deputy Director

June 21, 2021

Adam Klein, who most recently served as the Chairman of the United States Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, has joined the Strauss Center at the University of Texas as Director of our new Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, and also as the Center’s Deputy Director. His research will focus on how governments around the world…

Congratulations Maro Youssef, 2020-2021 Brumley Senior Fellow

June 17, 2021

The Strauss Center is thrilled to announce that 2020-21 Brumley Senior Fellow, Maro Youssef, received the NSF SBE Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Maro will hold the two-year postdoc in the sociology department at USC where she will be pursuing her research on feminist coalitions among women politicians during the democratic transition in Tunisia. Maro began her research on…

Chesney Compares the U.S. and U.K. Approaches to the Cyber Domain

June 16, 2021

In a recent essay published by the Hoover Institution, Robert Chesney—Director of the Strauss Center and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law—assesses the disparate origins and evolution of the U.S. and U.K. systems of cyber operations. Professor Chesney begins with a deep dive on U.S. and U.K. defensive…

Busby Co-Authors a Report on the U.S.’ Role in India’s Energy Policies

June 15, 2021

Joshua Busby, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, recently co-authored a Brookings Center report titled “The case for US cooperation with India on a just transition away from coal.” In it, Busby and his co-authors highlight the inescapable role India will play in achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, as…

Matt Orr, 2020-21 Brumley Fellow

June 7, 2021

Next to step into the Brumley Spotlight, a series that explores our Brumley Fellows’ year-long research projects, is Matt Orr. For his Brumley project, Matt created Civic Education and Democracy in Post-Soviet Europe, a website that uses civic education as a window for understanding democratization in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. Matt states, “Civic education is…

Cyber 9/12 Geneva Competition – Deep State Machine 5

June 7, 2021

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is a simulation-based competition in which student teams collaborate to provide policy analysis and recommendations in response to an evolving, fictional fact-pattern relating to cyber crisis and conflict. Over each academic year, several regional competitions take place around the world, including the latest in Geneva from May 11-12, 2021.  The University…

Chesney Breaks Down the New Executive Order on Cybersecurity

June 7, 2021

Professor Robert 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 explaining President Biden’s recent executive order on cybersecurity. Professor Chesney began his assessment by explaining how executive…

Gabriel Cortez, 2020-21 Brumley Fellow

June 1, 2021

In our continuing series of Brumley Spotlights, we now explore another Brumley Fellow’s year-long research project. Gabriel Cortez served as a 2020-21 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellow at the Strauss Center and a 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow with the U.S. State Department. Gabriel will be joining the Foreign Service this summer 2021…

Caroline Burks, 2020-21 Brumley Fellow

June 1, 2021

In our continuing series of Brumley Spotlights, we now explore our Brumley Fellows’ year-long research projects as they come to a close. Caroline Burks, whose concentration in cybersecurity took a strange turn when her original research topic was ruined by the SolarWinds cyber-attack, shared some of her reflections on the process. Tell us about the…