Several Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars have recently shared their perspectives on the ongoing situation in Syria, as well as on how the United States has responded to the crisis.

Ben Betner, third-year UT Law student and U.S. Army veteran, is paired with Professor Steve Vladeck as part of the Strauss Center's Brumley Graduate Fellows program. Under Professor Vladeck's guidance, Ben is writing a law review article on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which expires at the end of 2017. He goes into detail for us:

Marie Sells, International Relations & Global Studies fourth year and President of UT's Women in Foreign Affairs, is working with Dr. R. Patrick Bixler (research fellow at the LBJ School's RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service) as part of her Brumley Undergraduate Scholar Fellowship. She joined me recently to talk about her background and her research project with Dr. Bixler:

Aiming to impact how we approach the pressing national task of building a future workforce that is prepared for the many challenges of cybersecurity, this spring the Strauss Center is sponsoring the "Tech Policy Lab" class led by Cybersecurity Fellow Andrew Woods.

Steve Slick, Intelligence Studies Project Director, was quoted by the Associated Press on reports that Representative Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, received intelligence reports directly from White House officials that revealed the President-elect and members of his transition team may have had their communications incidentally collected by U.S. Intelligence agencies. Slick explained that the intelligence agencies "have no incentive to see intelligence reports they gather and distribute for national security purposes become fodder in domestic political disputes.”

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