As a major component of the Strauss Center's inaugural Brumley Next Generation Fellows program, our ten graduate student fellows are well underway with their year-long research projects. Each student is paired with a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar for guidance and support in carrying out their own research product, with the goal of completing their project by the end of the spring semester. Below are brief updates on the progression of each Fellow's research thus far.

The December 2015 issue of Conflict Trends focuses on Boko Haram violence and general elections in Nigeria, xenophobic riots and tuition fee protests in universities in South Africa, the trajectory of conflict in South Sudan as it enters its third year of civil war, an increase in ethnic and communal violence as pro-government militias scaled down attacks in Su-dan, and riot and protest activity and strategic shifts in Islamist violence in Tunisia. 

In a recent article for The Washington Post, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Josh Busby discusses the 2009 Copenhagen climate change negotiations. Busby argues that while many at the time believed the negotiations to be a failure, the negotations introduced a bottom-up approach to addressing climate change at the international level. Flashing forward to the recent COP 21 summit in Paris, over 179 countries submitted plans based on the Copenhagen approach, including the United States and China.

The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs recently hosted a panel of experts to discuss the rise of China in the new century, titled “American Century, Asian Century, or Nobody’s Century?” As a panelist, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Josh Eisenman argued that it is unlikely for China to dominate the next century as a global power.

At a recent Wilson Center event, experts gathered for the launch of The U.S. Asia-Pacific Rebalance, National Security, and Climate Change, a report produced by the Washington DC-based Center for Climate and Security in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, the Center for a New American Security, and the University of Oxford. The report discusses the growing attention that climate change is receiving as a security policy concern, and the United States’ policy of “rebalance” toward the Asia-Pacific. Commenting on the past neglect that Asia has experienced is CEPSA researcher and LBJ School Associate Professor Joshua Busby and CEPSA Graduate Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan.

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