The Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI) recently released a brief on integrated security in which they mention several agencies doing impactful work on implementing integrated security initiatives. Of those agencies named, the FOI praised the Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability Program (CCAPS). CCAPS is a multi-year research program that examines the relationship between climate change vulnerability and patterns of conflict, thereby specifying where, when, and how climate-related events could disrupt security and development efforts in Africa.

Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD), an interdisciplinary, student-driven research group at the University of Texas at Austin, released its 2015 Annual Report early this month. IPD is directed by Stauss Center Distinguished Scholars Kate Weaver and Michael Findley.

The Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) includes protests, riots, strikes, inter-communal conflict, government violence against civilians, and other forms of social conflict. Conflict events from 2014 have now been added, tracking events from 1990-2014 in all of Africa as well as thirteen countries in Latin America. These new locations have been added to enable cross-comparisons across regions.

President Gregory L. Fenves is pleased to announce a Gala Dinner honoring Admiral Bobby R. Inman on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. Presented by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security, a gala dinner for Admiral Bobby R. Inman will feature former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as the keynote speaker. Mr. Red McCombs will serve as the Honorary Gala Chair.

In a recent article for Current History, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, discusses the issue of climate change and the importance of 2015 Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change. In the article, "After Paris: Good Enough Climate Governance," Busby argues that the political will to address issues of climate change has not been present until now, and the economic and political conditions of today allow for a ripe time for action.

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