The January 2016 edition of ACLED's Conflict Trends report provides an overview of conflict in 2015 and profiles sexual violence in Central African Republic, on-going police abuses in Egypt in 2016, Islamic State attacks and expanding quasi-military activity in Libya, religious-based violence in Nigeria, increased conflict activity by off-shoot militias in South Sudan and violence against civilians in North Darfur, Sudan.

In a recent article for the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) researchers Cullen Hendrix and Idean Salehyan use the program’s Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) to address issues pertaining the regime repression in Africa.

In a response published in the most recent issue of the Harvard Law Review, ISP Director and LBJ School Clinical Professor Steve Slick challenged the utility and wisdom of recommendations for enhanced White House oversight of US intelligence activities put forward by NYU Law School Professor Samuel Rascoff in Presidential Intelligence.

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.

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