Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby recently wrote an article for the Washington Post on the lack of urgency in appropriating U.S. funds to combat the Zika virus. While the Centers for Disease Control and agencies in Florida have responded quickly to the threat of Zika spreading in the United States, Congress has not passed appropriations designed to fund Zika containment and vaccine production efforts. Congress previously failed to appropriate funds for Zika efforts in February of this year. Now, after the Obama administration has officially declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, there are new expectations of Congress to appropriate funding for Zika response.

In her third blog post as a 2016 Crook Fellow, Anna Koons discusses how her internship in Washington, DC this summer taught her valuable lessons regarding the need for both private and public sector development.

In his second blog post, Crook Fellow Aaron Milner discusses the potential impact of millenial-driven development given governments' abilities to mobilize young people.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Zoltan Barany recently published a report for the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, where he is a Senior Associate. The paper focuses on the difficulties of establishing a national Yemeni army since the establishment of the independent state in the 1960s. Barany’s report, “The Challenges of Building a National Army in Yemen”, explains how the failure of Yemen to establish a cohesive national military institution has directly contributed to the country’s continuing instability.

As a 2016 Crook Fellow, Aaron Milner is spending his summer in Washington, D.C. as an intern with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Aaron's role is to research how to scale development innovation technology such as smart cities to countrywide levels. In his first blog post, Aaron applies his research to the state of traffic in Austin, Texas.