Celeste Gventer, former Associate Director of the Strauss Center, recently contributed to a publication by the RAND Corporation: Security Sector Reform in Ukraine. In it, Gventer and others assess what changes are necessary, and possible, in Ukraine's current political environment (the report's authors note the difficulty of affecting constitutional changes) to realize positive changes in effectiveness, efficiency, transparency, and broader accountability.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Paul D. Miller, contributed to a piece in POLITICO Magazine, authored by Mark Perry. In "Afghanistan 15 Years On: Obama's Sorriest Legacy," Perry discusses the 15-year evolution of United States involvement in the war in Afghanistan, and highlights a widely held opinion among experts that a key to long-term stabilization of Afghanistan involves pushing the Afghan government to solve its own problems, rather than to rely on NATO and ISAF troops to do so in their stead.

Strauss Center Mexico Security Initiative Fellow Stephanie Leutert recently joined Benjamin Wittes on a podcast for Lawfare's "Beyond the Border" series (sponsored by the Strauss Center) on the epidemic of violence plaguing Mexico and Central America. How bad is the violence in these countries? Why do the U.S. rarely consider violence in these countries to be relevant to national security? What is causing the crisis and the waves of migration it generates? What can be done to stop it?

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar H.W. Brands released his most recent book, The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, on October 11. Leading up to the release of his latest tome on an important era of American history, Professor Brands contributed to Smithsonian Magazine a piece titled "The Redacted Testimony that Fully Explains why General MacArthur was Fired".

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Jason Cons recently published the Research Brief “Exploring State Vulnerability and Climate Change: Bangladesh’s Resilience Plan” as part of the Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) Program. Cons explores how over the past decade, Bangladesh has emerged as a climate state and has distinguished itself by developing innovative policy solutions to address environmental challenges.

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