Strauss Center Director and Univeristy of Texas Law Professor Bobby Chesney recently weighed in on the national conversation about personal device encryption and national security. Last week, the FBI took Apple to court and demanded they unlock an iPhone 5C used by San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. This specific case, Chesney argues, is occurring in the wider context of “going dark”.

The Strauss Center is very pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2016-17 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars programs. These unique opportunitues provide research training and mentorships to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. The program is made possible by the generous support of Jon and Rebecca Brumley.

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.

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