The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a research project which records, publishes and analyzes disaggregated data on political violence. The data are publicly available along with information about the project at The data are used for a range of purposes, from academic research on dynamics of conflict to informing diplomatic policy, and humanitarian and development work in conflict-affected contexts. A new initiative underway is to add a new component to the data to help facilitate analysis for users.

In a recent article for the Weekly Standard, Strauss Center Senior Fellow Matt Tait discusses his involvement in exposing the Russians involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) email servers in 2016. Following the first posting of stolen documents to WikiLeaks, Tait, a former British spy, used publicly available information to eventually conclude that the attack was perpetrated by Russians in an effort to influence the presidential campaign.  

Stephanie Leutert, the director of the Mexico Security Initiative, weighed in on the recent border migration debate with her recent article, “Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming” for Lawfare.

In a recent article for Foreign Policy, Strauss Distinguished Scholar William Inboden discussed the implications the G-7 has on negotiating with the DPRK. Inboden acknowledged that the G-7 is not always a productive forum, however Trump needed the support of his allies going into the Singapore Summit. In fact, Inboden notes that previous Presidents have used G-7 summit as an artful form of American statecraft to further America’s international agenda.

The Strauss Center is very pleased to announce the selection of thirteen graduate students to form the 2018 – 2019 class of Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows. Now entering its fourth year, the program annually selects an impressive group of graduate students from schools and departments across UT campus to receive fellowships and take part in the Brumley program.