Olivia Arena, a 2014-2015 Brumley Next Generation Undergraduate Scholar, will graduate in May as a Dean's Distinguished Graduate with a BA in Plan II Honors, Urban Studies, and International Relations and Global Studies. Last fall, she participated in the Archer Fellowship in Washington, D.C. as a research intern for the National League of Cities. Now, she is harnessing those skills to complete a Plan II/Urban Studies thesis on civic engagement and urban pop-up culture in Austin.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Jeremi Suri’s newest publication, Sustainable Security: Rethinking American National Security Strategy, has recently been published online by the Tobin Project. The book, co-edited with Benjamin Valentino, Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, includes contributions by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars Will Inboden and Joshua Busby, as well as a chapter by Suri.

Clements Center Executive Director and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Will Inboden and Strauss Center Student Fellow Anna Waterfield co-published an article in Foreign Policy titled “What Africa Tells Us About the Fight Against Jihadist Terrorism.” In the article, Inboden and Waterfield guide us from the beginning of Islamist jihad against the United States to recent attacks against Westerners, and warn the reader that Africa has always been, and will continue to be, an important front in the war against Islamist terrorism.

Using new conflict data produced by the Strauss Center's CEPA program, CEPSA researcher Sarah Kaiser-Cross explores the growing presence of ISIS in south Asia. In a recent Foreign Policy article, “ISIS in Bangladesh: There’s still time to stop it, but only if action is taken”, ACLED-Asia Senior Research Manager and former UT graduate student Sarah Kaiser-Cross warns that jihadist terrorism is on the rise in South Asia. ISIS in Bangladesh has been able to exploit social and political fault lines in the country to increase its popularity. There have been eight attacks in the last six months, most of which have carried out by local disenfranchised organizations who have allied with ISIS. These small-scale, “lone wolf” style attacks are difficult to prevent and effective at spreading terror.

In two recent op-eds, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Alan Kuperman provides recommendations on nuclear non-proliferation policy for President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress. Both articles preceded the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, hosted by President Obama in Washington, D.C. from March 31 to April 1, which aims to coordinate international policy against the threat of nuclear terrorism.

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