The Strauss Center’s Climate Change and Political Stability Program (CCAPS) program is excited to announce the release of its African Constiutional Design Database, which presents cross-sectional data on constitutional design across all African states, dating back to 2011.

In a landmark address this morning, UT System Chancellor William McRaven provided a bold vision for the future growth of the system, including a set of “quantum leap” strategic initiatives.  One of them involves the creation of a system-wide “UT Network for National Security”:

In recent article in The New York Times on the secret prepartion by four U.S. government lawyers for the SEAL Team 6 raid that ultimately led to the death of Osama bin Laden, Strauss Center Director and UT Law School Professor Bobby Chesney is quoted as saying, "the proposed raid required answers to many hard legal questions, some of which were entirely novel despite a decade’s worth of conflict with Al Qaeda.” 

In a recent Foreign Policy article “When Selfies Are a Tool of Intelligence”, Elias Groll quoted Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Director of UT’s Intelligence Studies Project Steve Slick concerning the greater availability of open source intelligence.

Strauss Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Associate Professor Josh Busby recently contributed to a panel in Eco SXSW on climate and heat adaptation in the developing world. The panel discussed the challenges that heat-wave-prone regions in developing countries face as climate change continues to increase temperatures. In particular, the panel focused on the Indian city of Ahmedabad and the successes of its preparedness plan and early warning system, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

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