Robyn Morse, third-year, dual-language (Arabic & Persian) Master's student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. In this program, Robyn will work on a year-long research project with advisement from faculty mentor Ashley Moran, Program Director of our State Fragility Initiative. We checked in with Robyn so she can share her research plans and more:

In a recent publication for the Atlantic Council, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby examines the future of climate leadership, the status of climate policy under President Trump, and the potential for cooperation and engagement across the world. The report, “Climate Leadership in Uncertain Times,” co-authored by Climate Advisers’ Nigel Purvis, stresses the need for a new strategy for pursuing climate goals. Rather than rely on “a single global negotiation over emission levels,” Busby and Purvis encourage states to adopt a “multipronged approach,” that addresses concerns across a number of sectors such as forestry and aviation.

This summer, Strauss Center Graduate Student Associate Claire Huitt had the opportunity to intern for the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Over the course of three months, Huitt was able to work on a variety of issues and events, including writing cables and delivering demarches, planning the 2018 Independence Day festivities, and providing assistance at the US-Japan-South Korea trilateral meeting between Secretary Pompeo, Foreign Minister Kono, and Foreign Minister Kang.

In the most recent edition of World Development, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby et al., published “In Harm’s Way: Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia.” In the article, Dr. Busby addresses climate security vulnerability across a particularly and increasingly exposed region: South and Southeast Asia. The article models and analyzes climate security vulnerability in eleven countries, and identifies the areas most vulnerable to climate related hazards such as floods, droughts, and storms, and as a result, the areas at the greatest risk for mass deaths, humanitarian crises, and instability.

This summer, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Eisenman and former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia David H. Shinn conducted dozens of interviews on China-Africa political and military relations with government officials, political party leaders, military leaders, journalists and academics in five African countries – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, and South Africa.

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