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Celeste Gventer Discusses Trump Establishing Space Command

January 22, 2019

In her op-ed, Good Move by Trump to Establish Space Command, but is Organization Change the Answer?, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Celeste Ward Gventer argues that Trump’s attention to the possibility of an attack on US space systems is good, but his solutions may not be the best way to deal with the issue.

Joshua Eisenman’s Book “Red China’s Green Revolution” Reviewed

January 22, 2019

Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Eisenman’s book, Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change and Economic Development Under the Commune, was recently reviewed in Foreign Affairs and the Wall Street Journal. Columbia Professor Andrew Nathan captures Eisenman’s argument in this month’s Foreign Affairs, noting that “after the famine, and especially in the early 1970s, the…

MSI Postdoctoral Fellow Dizard Discusses Mexico’s New President’s National Security Strategy

January 15, 2019

In a recent article for Lawfare, Strauss Senior Fellow and Mexico Security Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow Jake Dizard analyzes the future of Mexican national security under new president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or, as he is known by the public and in the media, AMLO. Dizard suggests that although AMLO was elected by a “public that…

ISP Research Fellow Avramov Discusses Iranian Influence Operations in the Balkans

January 8, 2019

In a recent article for The Global Post, the Intelligence Studies Project’s Research Fellow Dr. Kiril Avramov analyzes Iranian influence operations and “stealth presence” in the Balkans. “Under the Radar: Iran’s ‘Stealth’ Presence on the Balkans” suggests that Iran’s quiet presence on the Balkans is not simply about strengthening political ties, expanding business interests, and…

Gventer Discusses Insights for Military Organizational Reform

January 8, 2019

In her article, “A Commanding Problem: Historical Insight for Military Organizational Reform,” Strauss Distinguished Scholar Celeste Gventer highlights the importance of General Thomas’ speech at the Texas National Security Forum. General Thomas “questioned the suitability of the American system of geographical combatant commands for meeting the nation’s current and future security challenges.”

ISP Director on Restoring US Intelligence after the Trump Presidency

December 18, 2018

Steve Slick recently posted an essay in the Intelligence Studies series on the Lawfare national security website.  The ISP Director argued that “it is not too early to begin planning a turnaround for U.S. intelligence under a new chief executive who appreciates the IC’s unique capabilities, its fragile assets and essential contributions to America’s national security.”  The full…

Fragile States Facing Climate Hazards Discussed by Strauss State Fragility Initiative Director and Distinguished Scholar

December 12, 2018

Climate change poses a multi-faceted and increasingly urgent security threat for fragile states. In their recent War on the Rocks article, Stretched Thin: When Fragile States Face Climate Hazards, Director of Strauss’ State Fragility Initiative Ashley Moran, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, and Strauss Senior Fellow Clionadh Raleigh evaluate the policy implications of their global mapping project…

Distinguished Scholar Discusses Climate Shocks and Humanitarian Crises in Foreign Affairs Article

December 10, 2018

In a recent article for Foreign Affairs, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby and his co-author Nina von Uexkull explore how climate shocks can intersect with several risk factors  to contribute to instability and humanitarian crises. The article suggests that understanding the sources of instability is the first step in mitigating risk in countries that…

Brumley Student Profile: Diana Bolsinger Explores Private Groups’ “Overt Action” For Mujahedin

December 4, 2018

Diana Bolsinger, PhD candidate at The LBJ School of Public Affairs, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. The Fellows are now settled into their year-long research projects, and Diana shares with us today details of what she’s working on:

Report on Migrant Kidnapping in Mexico Released by MSI Director

November 30, 2018

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…