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We are excited to announce that the Robert Strauss Center at The University of Texas at Austin is partnering with the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative to host a “regional” round of the Atlantic Council’s renowned cybersecurity policy competition. This stand-alone event will take place at the University of Texas School of Law on January 10th and 11th, with up to 20 teams vying for a title that includes not just bragging rights but also a cash prize for the top three teams (not to mention a deeply-enriching learning experience for all participants). Included in the two-day event will be a keynote speaker, as well as opportunities for professional development.

In his Foreign Affairs article, Where Myanmar Went Wrong, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. Zoltan Barany analyzes State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s role in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Dr. Barany addresses the discrimination the Rohingya have faced, who Suu Kyi is, what her relationship is with the Burmese military, and what she could have done better. Dr. Barany argues that although she may not have been able to put an end to the violence against the Rohingya, Suu Kyi has failed in institutionalizing democracy and strengthening the economy.

Quimberly Jasso, International Relations and Global Studies senior, is a Brumley Next Generation Scholar at the Strauss Center. Beyond the Scholars’ professional development class and other academic pursuits, Quimberly is working on her Liberal Arts Honors senior thesis, researching the interplay between authoritarian regimes, civil society, and NGOs with China as the case study.

In a recent article for Foreign Policy, Strauss Distinguished Scholar and Clements Center for National Security Director, Dr. Will Inboden, commented on the effect of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on U.S.-Saudi relations.

In the article, The Double Burden of Climate Exposure and State Fragility, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, Strauss Director of the State Fragility Initiative Ashley Moran, and Strauss Senior Fellow Clionadh Raleigh present the findings of “The Intersection of Global Fragility and Climate Risks” study they conducted with other researchers for USAID. As the title suggests, the study maps and identifies countries that “face the double burden of high climate exposure and state fragility.” The study was initiated to support U.S. and international policymakers and practitioners with “an interest in climate and security to identify places of high concern.”

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