In his recent post for Lawfare, Strauss Center Director and James Baker Professor in Law, Bobby Chesney, provides a critical response to the White House’s October 6th, 2019 statement announcing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria. Chesney first highlights some notable omissions from the White House statement—namely, the role of Kurdish coalition partners in the defeat of the Islamic State Caliphate in Northern Syria, and the central role of the Kurds in the detaining of captured Islamic State Fighters. He notes that the arrangement whereby the Kurds managed the detainment of the Islamic State Fighters was believed by many to not be viable in the long term, as Chesney had asserted in a separate August 2018 Lawfare post

At the Climate and National Security Forum on September 24, 2019, the Center for Climate Security Climate and Security Advisory Group, which includes State Fragility Director Ashley Moran, published the Climate Security Plan for America - developed and endorsed by 64 senior military, national security and intelligence leaders from the Climate and Security Advisory Group. Click here for the report, including an executive summary with the top-line recommendations for the federal government.

Austin, TX - The Strauss Center for International Security and Law and The Clements Center for National Security are pleased to announce that General Vincent K. Brooks (U.S. Army, Retired) and General Robert B. Neller (USMC, Retired) are joining the University of Texas at Austin as Distinguished Senior Fellows. As part of UT Austin. Generals Brooks and Neller will provide invaluable expertise in the fields of diplomacy, military operations, public policy, and myriad other facets of U.S. national security.

Applications are now open for two part-time Senior Student Associate positions at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Beyond sharpening their writing and organizational skills, this position offers students a way to become more involved in security, intelligence, and foreign policy scholarship at the University. We are looking for assistance in the following: event coordination, writing article summaries, and maintaining the archive of materials from Ambassador Robert S. Strauss’ storied political career.

The Intelligence Studies Project  is pleased to announce the winner and two semifinalists of its fifth-annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The recipient of the 2019 “Bobby R. Inman Award” for student scholarship on intelligence is Jeffrey Rogg, a Ph.D. candidate in history at the Ohio State University concentrating on conflict, peace and diplomacy.  His paper, Deciphering the “American Black Chamber,” chronicles the rise and fall of the Cipher Bureau and introduces a theory of “civil-intelligence” relations in the U.S.