The Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas at Austin, a joint program with the Strauss and Clements Centers, is pleased to announce that, due to the large number of submissions and success of last year’s competition, we will again sponsor a “Bobby R. Inman Award” competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. A formal call for papers will be issued in the spring, but early submissions and recommendations of exceptional work are welcome.

As a major component of the Strauss Center's inaugural Brumley Next Generation Fellows program, our ten graduate student fellows are well underway with their year-long research projects. Each student is paired with a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar for guidance and support in carrying out their own research product, with the goal of completing their project by the end of the spring semester. Below are brief updates on the progression of each Fellow's research thus far.

The December 2015 issue of Conflict Trends focuses on Boko Haram violence and general elections in Nigeria, xenophobic riots and tuition fee protests in universities in South Africa, the trajectory of conflict in South Sudan as it enters its third year of civil war, an increase in ethnic and communal violence as pro-government militias scaled down attacks in Su-dan, and riot and protest activity and strategic shifts in Islamist violence in Tunisia. 

In a recent article for The Washington Post, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Josh Busby discusses the 2009 Copenhagen climate change negotiations. Busby argues that while many at the time believed the negotiations to be a failure, the negotations introduced a bottom-up approach to addressing climate change at the international level. Flashing forward to the recent COP 21 summit in Paris, over 179 countries submitted plans based on the Copenhagen approach, including the United States and China.

The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs recently hosted a panel of experts to discuss the rise of China in the new century, titled “American Century, Asian Century, or Nobody’s Century?” As a panelist, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Josh Eisenman argued that it is unlikely for China to dominate the next century as a global power.

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