In a November 4 essay posted on Foreign Policy’s "Shadow Government” site, Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick proposed that future presidents curtail the practice of offering pre-election intelligence briefings to the major party candidates.

The Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program recently published its Democratic Governance research team's findings in a report titled "Democracy Aid in Difficult Contexts: Assessing Strategies and Impact." Researchers Ashley Moran, Brooke Escobar, and Daniel Robles-Olson explore what types of democracy aid are most successful in impacting democratic development in Africa. Their study focuses on two particularly challenging contexts: countries recovering from conflict and countries facing low human development.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Jeremi Suri, has just published a new book along with Dr. Benjamin Valentino, titled Sustainable Security: Rethinking American National Security (Oxford University Press, 2016). Dr. Suri's Strauss Center and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Colleagues, Drs. Joshua W. Busby and Will Inboden, each contribute their own chapters of original research (on the relationship between climate change and national security, and civilian national security institutions, respectively) to Dr. Suri's co-edited volume on new approaches to the complex problems of national security.

Vijay Mahajan, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at the McCombs School of Business, has a forthcoming book titled Rise of Rural Consumers in Developing Countries (Sage Publications, 2016.)

During the 2017 spring semester, the Intelligence Studies Project, a joint initiative of the Strauss and Clements Centers, and the LBJ School will offer undergraduates the opportunity to learn about US intelligence and its role in national security from a uniquely qualified ensemble of senior intelligence and policy practitioners, distinguished scholars and guest speakers invited to campus for other events organized by the ISP.