ACLED’s April 2016 edition of the Conflict Trends report focuses on increased protest activity in Chad at the beginning of this year, widespread police abuses in Egypt, the resurfacing of the Mozambican National Resistance movement (RENAMO) violence in Mozambique, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Mourabitoun attacks against foreign nationals in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali, and the rise of organized anti-state violence in the aftermath of Museveni’s electoral victory and anti-FDC violence in Uganda.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs Jeremi Suri was featured by the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) along with his colleague and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Duke University Hal Brands in discussing the importance of history in foreign policy. Suri and Brands explain the relationship between historians and policymakers and the friction that occurs between the two. Generally, historians believe that policymakers use history poorly, and policymakers believe that historians do not have experience that allows them to understand how policy is really made.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Government, Zoltan Barany recently wrote an article for Foreign Affairs Magazine titled “Myanmar’s Shaky Transition: A Treacherous Path to Democracy." Last November, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in Myanmar’s first elections to take place in 25 years. Now, Htin Kyaw, a civilian from the NLD has been elected president and must oversee a democratic transition in a country that has been under the rule of a military junta since 1962. Since 2011, Myanmar has experienced a major shift toward liberalism, but Barany states there are still serious challenges to address such as corruption, ethnic violence, sorely needed economic reform, and limits of power on the NLD placed by the still powerful military.

Olivia Arena, a 2014-2015 Brumley Next Generation Undergraduate Scholar, will graduate in May as a Dean's Distinguished Graduate with a BA in Plan II Honors, Urban Studies, and International Relations and Global Studies. Last fall, she participated in the Archer Fellowship in Washington, D.C. as a research intern for the National League of Cities. Now, she is harnessing those skills to complete a Plan II/Urban Studies thesis on civic engagement and urban pop-up culture in Austin.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Jeremi Suri’s newest publication, Sustainable Security: Rethinking American National Security Strategy, has recently been published online by the Tobin Project. The book, co-edited with Benjamin Valentino, Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, includes contributions by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars Will Inboden and Joshua Busby, as well as a chapter by Suri.