Natasha Dangol, International Relations and Global Studies senior, has spent her 2017 spring semester amassing research data on resource frontiers with her faculty mentor Dr. Jason Cons (College of Liberal Arts) as part of our Brumley Undergraduate Scholars program. She goes into detail for us here:

The Strauss Center’s Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) program has released a new report titled “The Political Economy of Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction in Pakistan.” The report is co-authored by Jennifer Bussell, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Strauss Center, and Graduate Research Assistant Asim Fayaz.

The Strauss Center's Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) program has released a new report titled “Policy Architectures for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in South and Southeast Asia: Evidence from Bangladesh and Nepal.” The report is co-authored by Catherine Weaver, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center, and Graduate Research Assistants Nisha Krishnan and Caleb Rudow.

The Strauss Center's Mexico Security Initiative (MSI) launched in 2016 to address the gap in policy-relevant scholarship on Mexican security challenges and to enhance the role of The University of Texas at Austin in doing so. MSI aspires to create educational opportunities, research activity, and community engagement that will spur sophisticated inquiry into the causes, dimensions, and consequences of violence in Mexico, as well as the adequacy of past, present, and potential policy responses at both the national and international levels.

On May 2, 2017, the Strauss Center-sponsored policy research project "Cartel Violence in Mexico: Assessing the Mexican Government's Response(s)" concluded with a student presentation to Mexico’s Consul General in Austin, Mr. Carlos González Gutierrez. Students briefed Mr. González on conclusions and policy recommendations they developed over the course of the academic year, and received useful feedback that will be incorporated into their final reports.

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