William Acheampong, second-year double major in Business Honors and History, is a Brumley Next Generation Scholar (our undergrad program) at the Strauss Center. Will has quickly made his mark at UT Austin, setting up the university's Doctors Without Borders chapter in between his academic achievements. He tells us about that experience, his goals for the Scholars' professional development class led by Drs. Mosser and Weaver, and more in his Brumley Student Profile:

A study by Strauss Center scholars provides robust new data on where—and how—fragility and climate risks combine to make populations more vulnerable to humanitarian emergencies and instability across the globe.

In a recent article for the New York Times, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, Stephanie Leutert, tells the story of crime and migration. Leutert explains, contrary to the claims made in today’s political rhetoric, that the majority of Central American migrants who make it to the U.S.-Mexico border are “not perpetrators but rather victims of violence, both in their home countries and during their fraught transit through Mexico.”

Robyn Morse, third-year, dual-language (Arabic & Persian) Master's student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. In this program, Robyn will work on a year-long research project with advisement from faculty mentor Ashley Moran, Program Director of our State Fragility Initiative. We checked in with Robyn so she can share her research plans and more:

In a recent publication for the Atlantic Council, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby examines the future of climate leadership, the status of climate policy under President Trump, and the potential for cooperation and engagement across the world. The report, “Climate Leadership in Uncertain Times,” co-authored by Climate Advisers’ Nigel Purvis, stresses the need for a new strategy for pursuing climate goals. Rather than rely on “a single global negotiation over emission levels,” Busby and Purvis encourage states to adopt a “multipronged approach,” that addresses concerns across a number of sectors such as forestry and aviation.

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