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The Strauss Center is very pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2019-2020 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars programs. These unique opportunities provide research training and mentorships to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. The program is made possible by the generous support of Jon and Rebecca Brumley.

David Kneeland, 2nd-year Masters student in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center, working in our Cybersecurity Studies program. Under the guidance of Professors Matt Tait and Michael Sulmeyer, David is performing research for his year-long Brumley project. He's goes into detail for us here:

Beginning in August 2018, the Mexico Security Initiative’s Policy Research Project has been working with FM4 Paso Libre, an NGO that offers humanitarian assistance to migrants in transit and also conducts research on migration in Mexico. The 16 graduate students in the class are conducting research on four timely topics, including 1) the integration of refugees into Mexican society; 2) the challenges for unaccompanied children; 3) the current state of migration detention centers; and 4) the legacy of the country's 2014 migratory enforcement policy Programa Frontera Sur.

Dr. Kiril Avramov, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Intelligence Studies Project, recently published an article with The Globe Post. The article, entitled, “Yunarmia: Meet the Young Russian Guardians of the Order,” explains why the Yunarmia, Russia’s Youth Army, is so internally popular and successful.

In a recent article for The Hill, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Dr. William Inboden presents the case for a robust defense budget. In 2013, General Mattis testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying “if you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately.” Inboden notes that while the State Department and diplomacy are integral in preventing armed conflict and protecting U.S. national security, the relationship flows both ways. Inboden argues, “to strengthen the State Department, along with U.S. diplomatic and economic influence, we need a large defense budget…A powerful military can strengthen diplomacy and make peaceful settlements more likely, precisely because the possibility of force looms in the diplomatic background.”

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