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.

In CCAPS Research Brief No. 35, Pathways of Governance Aid Effectiveness: Countries with Low Human Development, CCAPS researcher Daniel Robles Olson explores the effectiveness of democracy aid programs in two high-poverty and low-human development countries: Benin and Guinea.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Eugene Gholz was recently cited in an article in The National Interest entitled “No Bigger Question: How Should the U.S. Handle the Rise of China?” As part of a foreign policy roundtable hosted by the Center for National Interest, topics included whether diplomatic trends, technology, and other factors make it less critical for the U.S. to actively contain China. This recap of the conversation cites Gholz’s argument that Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) technology keeps China contained to its surrounding “first island chain,” which has the effect of stabilizing the situation.

Earlier this year, UT System Chancellor William McRaven announced a "quantum leap" effort focused on national security issues and opportunities. That effort led to the creation of the Texas National Security Network. The Network is proud to offer a generous fellowship opportunity for graduate students from any UT System campus who are accepted into the Archer Center's summer Graduate Program in Public Policy and secure a national security-related internship in the Washington, D.C.-area.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and CEPSA researcher Paula Newberg, recently published a research brief titled Governance as Vulnerability: Preliminary Lessons from Pakistan. In the brief, Newberg analyzes Pakistan's recent legislation regarding climate change mitigation under analysis and demonstrates that Pakistan, while acknowledging the potential negative impact of climate change, also contends with comparatively minimal resources to combat the forthcoming effects of climate change.

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