Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar William Inboden recently contributed to the 2016 Index of Military Strength (Heritage Foundation) with the brief, “The Role of a Strong National Defense.” Dr. Inboden emphasizes the concept of “peace through strength,” in which a vision of peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but also encompasses diplomatic and economic strength.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Catherine Weaver, co-director for Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD) at the University of Texas at Austin, recently co-authored a report for the Ending Rural Hunger Project at the Brookings Institute. The paper, “Mapping Food Assistance in Malawi”, discusses a new methodology used by IPD and the Climate Change and African Political Stability program (CCAPS) to improve the analytic power of data on food security.

"It would be a mistake to reverse or suspend any of the reforms now underway at Langley without the benefit of a rigorous and objective assessment of how the new priorities, structures, and work processes are actually impacting the Agency’s core missions: collecting intelligence from human sources (HUMINT), evaluating information from all sources, and shaping conditions abroad through covert actions," writes Steve Slick.

The Research Center of Distributional Conflict and Globalization in collaboration with the GIScience Group at Heidelberg University will be hosting workshop titled “Geospatial Analysis of Disasters: Measuring Welfare Impacts of Emergency Relief” at Heidelberg University in Germany on July 18-19, 2016. Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ Associate Professor Joshua Busby will participate in this workshop which is designed to bring together researchers from the fields of economics, geography, computer science, political science, sociology, and other relevant disciplines to discuss the use geospatial methods for measuring economic losses and recovery of other welfare indicators after disasters.

In the latest research brief by the CCAPS program, Assessing Effectiveness of Governance Aid in Africa, Strauss Center Associate Director Ashley Moran discusses the causal mechanisms through which democracy aid may positively impact democratic development in Africa. While recent studies on U.S. democracy aid worldwide found that democracy aid programs overall do have a positive impact on democratic development, there is still little known about how democracy aid has brought about this success.

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