Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Eisenman’s commentary piece “How Xi Jinping Undermines China’s Reforms” was published in the September 12, 2016 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Eisenman argues that the strict, conformist behavior of China’s president, Xi Jinping, stands in contrast with his stated goals for reform and further “opening” of China.

Paul D. Miller, a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Director of the Clements Center for National Security, recently wrote "How does jihadism end? Choosing between forever war and nation building" for the renowned security-focused web publication, War on the Rocks. In it, Dr. Miller describes the problematic approaches taken since the attacks of 2001, including containment and rollback.

Eric Manpearl, a Brumley Next Generation Senior Graduate Fellow in the Strauss Center's Intelligence Studies Project, has published a working paper in the Lawfare Research Paper Series entitled "Presidential Elections: A Perilous Time for U.S. Intelligence." As a J.D. and Master of Public Affairs dual-degree candidate from the University of Texas School of Law and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Manpearl’s research focuses on security and privacy issues, and the intersection of intelligence and politics. This paper explores the role of intelligence issues in U.S. presidential elections.

Annika Rettstadt, a 2016-2017 Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center, recently contributed a map to Institute for the Study of War scholar Melissa Pavlov’s latest ISIS Global Project piece. Annika’s map presents a detailed catalogue of so-called Islamic State-related attacks, arrests, and attempts in Europe between July 16, 2016 and August 18, 2016. Annika’s work also uses current data on the contributions by European countries to the Islamic State’s fighting forces in Iraq and Syria.

Our check in with the Brumley Next Generation Scholars begins with Reginaldo Valdez, an International Relations and Government senior and former White House intern. Below, Reginaldo tells us about his expectations for the Scholars’ research and development course and faculty mentorship program: