On September 16, 2015, the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Clements Center for National Security, and the Intelligence Studies Project co-sponsored with the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence in the Division of Diversity and Campus Engagement an event focused on diversity recruitment at the CIA featuring Director John Brennan.

The CCAPS program released today two briefs on climate change resilience in urban cities in Africa. The first brief, Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa: Part I: The Policy Challenge, examines the efforts made by ten African cities to develop resiliency to climate events. The second brief in the two-part series, Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa: Part II: The Resilience Policy Agenda, first describes the policy system for developing urban resilience initiatives and then identifies the forces that shape local plans and initiatives to build urban resilience to the climate change hazards described in the first brief.

In September 2015, CCAPS and the LBJ School of Public Affairs released a new report that examines the capacity of governmental systems to prepare for and respond to climate change and climate-related hazards in a set of large urban areas in Africa.

New and ongoing research from Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars over the summer addressed a range of imminent global issues, from the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran to constitutional design in Africa. Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars come from departments across UT Austin's campus, comprising legal experts, historians, political scientists, business experts, energy specialists, and more. Below are highlights of some of their recent research endeavors, spanning a wide range of topics and touching on some of the most pressing international events of the day.

The Strauss Center's program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) explores the causes and dynamics of complex emergencies in Asia and options for building government capacity to prevent and respond to such situations. CEPSA researchers were active over the summer conducting field research, producing new data on Asian political violence, tracking international aid for disaster response and climate change adaptation, and producing new vulnerability maps.

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