In a recent New York Times article, Strauss Center Director and UT Law Professor Bobby Chesney comments on the Obama Administration’s slim chances of success in closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. In the article, "Obama’s Plan for Guantanamo Is Seen Faltering", author Charlie Savage explores the roadblocks and setbacks the Obama Administration has faced in pursuit of its stated goal of closing the facility.

The Strauss Center’s Middle East Initiative on Water, Energy and Security was invited to present its research at the 2015 Sustainability of Engineered Rivers in Arid Lands (SERIDAS) Symposium in Hannover, Germany.  Christine Bonthius, a research assistant for the Middle East Initiative (that is led by the Strauss Center’s Ashley Moran) and a 2015-2016 Brumley Next Generation Fellow, presented the team’s work focused on the critical linkages between water scarcity and electricity production, as well as their impacts on human security in the Kingdom of Jordan and Iraq.

CCAPS is pleased to announce that the research of its Constitutional Design and Conflict Management (CDCM) project has recently been published as a book by the University of Pennsylvania Press, Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design, edited by Alan J. Kuperman. The book explores the types of domestic political institutions that can buffer societies from destabilizing changes that otherwise increase the risk of political violence, up to and including genocide. It presents seven new case studies and the first ever database of constitutional design in all African countries. The book concludes that traditional international efforts to promote constitutional reform in Africa may backfire by increasing the risk of instability, and so instead offers alternative recommendations to foster democracy while reducing civil conflict.

As a 2015 Crook Fellow, Alexandra Noble is interning at InterAction, an organization that collaborates with and streamlines efforts made by international development organizations, in Washington, D.C. this summer. In her first blog post, Alexandra discusses the challenges non-governmental organizations (NGOs) face trying not to duplicate efforts when working on similar development projects.

Marcelle Cohen is spending her summer interning with Alianza Iniciative de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz (IMP), a peace-building and women's rights organization, in Bogota, Colombia. In her first blog post, she discusses the difficulty of the country has in overcoming its violent history.

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