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Strauss Center December Update

Dec 11, 2020 |

1.  Cybersecurity Policy Competition (Jan. 7-8)

What: In early January, the Strauss Center will host a round of the Atlantic Council’s “Cyber 9/12” cybersecurity policy competition (featuring teams of graduate and undergraduate students from around the nation competing in an exercise simulating a cybersecurity crisis).

Why It Matters: This annual event is a great opportunity for students in the Strauss Center’s Integrated Cybersecurity Studies and Cyber Fellows programs, providing interdisciplinary learning opportunities and a chance to compete with peers from across the country. 

What else: Discover all that this program has to offer here.

2.  Space Traffic Management at UT:  “Trust, But Verify: Incentivizing Compliance” (Jan. 26-27)

What: Every year the Strauss Center’s Space Security and Safety program co-hosts (along with the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin and the International Academy of Astronautics) a gathering of experts from around the world to discuss and exchange ideas on space traffic management, with a focus this year on promoting compliance through shared monitoring and assessment. Tune in to understand why space is an increasingly-crowded—and dangerous—final frontier.

How to attend: Registration for this virtual conference will open Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 on our website

3.  More Events This Spring at the Strauss Center

In addition to the Cyber Policy competition and the Space Traffic Management Conference, the Strauss Center will be hosting its usual array of outstanding speakers. The lineup is still in flux, but here’s what we can report now:

Jan. 21 – Dulce Garcia, Executive Director of Border Angels, discussing border and immigration matters.

Feb. 2 – Markus Garlauskas, fmr. U.S. National Intelligence Officer for North Korea and Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council, on “The North Korea Forecast for 2021: A Former National Intelligence Officer’s View” (co-hosted with our friends at the Clements Center and our joint venture the Intelligence Studies Project).

March 2 – Joy Olson, fmr. Executive Director of the Washington Office on Latin America, on “Challenges in U.S./Mexico/Central America Policy at the Beginning of the Biden Administration.”

March 4-5 – The Strauss Center is co-hosting The Cognitive Security Conference (COGSEC), orchestrated by the Center for Media Engagement (CME) at UT’s Moody College of Communications.

Date TBD – As part of our spring cybersecurity speaker series, Camille Stewart, Head of Security Policy for Google Play and Android, will discuss cybersecurity policy trends and issues.

Date TBD – Also, as part of our spring cybersecurity speaker series, Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times will discuss her pathbreaking new book, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race.

4.  Spring Events at the Intelligence Studies Project

What: The Intelligence Studies Project, jointly sponsored by the Strauss and Clements Centers, is a premier center for the study of intelligence agencies and activities, sponsoring an array of courses, research projects, and conferences and other public events. ISP events this spring will include:

Feb. 17 – Sean McFate: “The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder

Feb. 25 – Nina Jankowicz: “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict

5.  The Strauss Center’s CAMPI Releases Reports on Its Influential “Metering” Updates and on Migrant Protection Protocols

What: The two latest reports by Stephanie Leutert, Director of our Central America/Mexico Policy Initiative and Savitri Arvey, Immigration Policy Researcher and Consultant, detail the latest data on asylum-seeker processing methods (namely, Migrant Protection Protocols and metering procedures) employed at the U.S./Mexico border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Why It Matters: U.S. CBP processing of asylum seekers has changed since the inception of metering procedures in April 2018 and MPP later that same year, and these reports examine, with regular updates, the effects of these new policies.  The metering report updates especially have come to play an indispensable part in the policy dialogue on both sides of the border.

6.  The Texas National Security Review Policy Roundtable: Cyber Conflict as an Intelligence Contest

What: The immensely successful Texas National Security Review (TNSR), jointly sponsored by the Strauss and Clements Centers, periodically publishes “policy roundtables” on current issues. The latest version, addressing international cyber competition, was sponsored by the Strauss Center’s Integrated Cybersecurity Studies program. Read on here.

7.  Flashback: Secretary of State Nominee Anthony Blinken at the 2018 Texas National Security Forum

Anthony Blinken, nominated to serve as the next Secretary of State, was among the speakers during the 2018 Texas National Security Forum. Towards the end of his remarks, he opened up about his ancestors’ persecution during WWII and his step-father’s rescue by an American soldier, linking their experiences to the character of the U.S.’s continuing relationship with the world. Spare two minutes to watch it here

8.  Strauss Center Courses for Spring 2021

8.  Strauss Center Courses for Spring 2021

What: One of our core missions here at the Strauss Center is to seed the curriculum across campus with innovative courses.  Read on for a sense of the breadth and creativity of the offerings!

Bobby ChesneyIntelligence Law: Surveillance and Covert Action

Earl CraneCybersecurity Risk Management

Ryan CunninghamDigital Forensics and Incident Response for Law and Policy Students

Diane HowardSpace Law and Policy: International Cooperation and Competition

Bart HuffmanPrivacy Law: Personal Data Under US and EU Law

Bryan Jones Propaganda, Deception & Manipulation in the Technology Era

Michele MalvestiPitfalls and Best Practices in Decision-Making

Seth NielsonTechnology of Cybersecurity: An Introduction for Law and Policy Students

Michael SchmittThe International Law of Cyber Conflict

Jacquelyn SchneiderTechnology and National Security: Domestic and International Challenges