In a recent interview on Wisconsin Public Radio, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Jeremi Suri discussed the recent announcement that the U.S. will increase its military presence and personnel in Iraq. In the interview, "What’s Next for U.S. Strategy in Iraq," Suri argues an increase in personnel on the ground is misguided as it gives credence to militant claims of U.S. hegemony, provides additional opportunity to target American interests in the region, and is part of a middle of the road strategy that continues to fall short.

In a recent interview, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Alan Kuperman argues that good intentions led to disastrous outcomes in the case of U.S. intervention in Libya. On "Between the Lines with Tom Switzer," Kuperman called the intervention in Libya unwarranted, claiming it led to a “cascade of tragic consequences” that continue to impact not only Libya, but the stability of the region.

The May 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, largely due to a decline in active politically violent events in Bangladesh. ACLED also incorporates reporting on non-violent protesting into its analysis, which constitutes the majority of reported events within South Asia.

In a upcoming post for International Studies Quarterly, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and UT Professor Scott Wolford and co-author Curtis Bell respond to recent replication of their theoretical and empirical work. In the post, Wolford responds to what he calls “rigorous” and “thoughtful” follow up work on the link between oil resources and civil conflict. In pointing to these contributions, Wolford concludes that replication can lead to “new, creative, and unanticipated insights.”

In a recent blog post for the Woodrow Wilson Center’s News Security Beat, UT Professor and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Josh Busby examines the security implication of wildlife trafficking. In the post, "Is Wildlife Trafficking a National Security Threat?", Busby and LBJ student co-author Cameron Lagrone discuss the results of a year long policy research project focused on the “nexus of national security and wildlife crime.”

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