This year the Strauss Center funded seven outstanding LBJ School students, who spent their summer working in Cambodia, China, Colombia, Ghana, Washington DC, and at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) headquarters in France. With their summer internships with international development organizations behind them, the 2015 Crook Fellows had a variety of experiences to share through their blog posts.

The Strauss Center's Student Worker Program offers students at the University of Texas the opportunity to be exposed to current topics in global affairs, network with top experts and gain practical professional skills. Students may work on major events, program initiatives, communications and outreach projects, writing projects, and may also assist with short-term tasks or specific daily needs of the Strauss Center.

The August 2015 issue of ACLED-Asia’s Conflict Trends Report focuses on political violence events in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The report notes an overall downward trend of politically violent events throughout the subcontinent and Southeast Asia, likely due, in part, to the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which ran from June 17-July 18. In addition to the occurrence of Ramadan, the general decline in the previous quarter continued throughout the summer.

The work of the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and Political Stability Program (CCAPS) program was featured in a recent Trajectory Magazine article on the relationship between climate change and national security. In the article, "A Signal From the Noise," author Melanie Kaplan argues that geospatial intelligence should be utilized to better understand the security implications of climate change and points to CCAPS work as an example of how this can be done.

On August 19, 2015, Strauss Center Director and UT Law Professor Bobby Chesney discussed cyber security and civil liberties with senior Congressional staff members. Chesney was invited by Stanford University's Hoover Institution and Center for International Security and Cooperation to participate in the organizations' Congressional Cyber Boot Camp, where he delivered remarks and engaged in discussion alongside Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

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