There are two sets of activities at the heart of the Strauss Center enterprise: the pursuit of innovative, policy-relevant research, and what we refer to as global engagement and service.
We pursue our research mission along two broad, sometimes overlapping, paths.
First, we support and magnify the research independently undertaken by our Distinguished Scholars and their graduate students, through measures such as seed money for new or existing projects and funding for workshops, conferences, and symposia. Our primary vehicle for this is the Strauss Center Research Grant program, which provides targeted financial support for research projects and research-related events. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis consistent with available funds, on a rolling basis. Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars are given preference, but other UT faculty and students are eligible to apply.
Second, the Strauss Center itself pursues an evolving array of in-house research programs, often in partnership with other parts of the UT family as well as with other institutions from beyond the 40 Acres. The focus of these efforts has shifted over time, and no doubt will continue to do so in the future; we want the door to always be open for new initiatives at the Strauss Center. Currently, our programs can largely be grouped under one of three overarching headings: Destabilizing States; Security Institutions and Technology; and the James Baker Chair Program on Law and Security.
Challenges to international security often stem from the instability of one or more states in a region. The Strauss Center actively supports research into the causes, contributing factors, and consequences of such instability, including:
Technological change can have a significant impact on international security, disrupting policy frameworks, legal architectures, and the balance of power among states. The Strauss Center sponsors several initiatives under this heading,including but not limited to:
The Strauss Center also sponsors several initiatives concerned with the evolution of armed conflict and political violence, including their strategic and legal dimensions. These include:
The Strauss Center is more than just a research unit. We also aim to bring the world to UT through a dynamic interdepartmental speaker series, visiting scholar and fellowship programs, and support for an array of conferences and events. And we aim to bring UT to the world by supporting and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, convening conferences for the next generation of leaders in Texas, and supporting UT students in high-impact international development internships. Key programs under this heading include: