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 yearns for a dramatic change of direction,” AMLO’s plan for addressing ongoing violence in Mexico only deepens the state’s commitment to the militarized strategy that has proved unsuccessful since 2006.

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 facilitating trade. Rather, Tehran’s operations take advantage of the region’s lax security, weak institutions, corruption, and the absence of global intelligence or security agencies, successfully turning the Balkans into a logistical hub and geopolitical bridge to Central and Western Europe.

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.”

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 text of the essay is here.

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 on overlapping fragility and climate risks around the world.

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