The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is now accepting applications for the 2016 Crook Fellowships. Through this Fellowship program, the Strauss Center makes grants to support students doing summer internships for non-profit, non-governmental, or governmental organizations that conduct development projects in the developing world. The grants, awarded in amounts up to $5,000, are made possible by the William H. Crook Program in International Affairs. Students may use the grants to cover travel and living expenses during the internship.

Version 6.0 of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) is now available and covers all African political violence from 1997 to 2015. ACLED tracks the actions of opposition groups, governments, and militias across Africa, specifying the location and date of battle events, transfers of military control, headquarter establishment, civilian violence, and rioting. Data are disaggregated by type of violence including battles between armed actors, violence against civilians, and rioting and a wide variety of actors including government forces, rebel groups, militias, and civilians.

The January 2016 edition of ACLED's Conflict Trends report provides an overview of conflict in 2015 and profiles sexual violence in Central African Republic, on-going police abuses in Egypt in 2016, Islamic State attacks and expanding quasi-military activity in Libya, religious-based violence in Nigeria, increased conflict activity by off-shoot militias in South Sudan and violence against civilians in North Darfur, Sudan.

In a recent article for the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) researchers Cullen Hendrix and Idean Salehyan use the program’s Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) to address issues pertaining the regime repression in Africa.

In a response published in the most recent issue of the Harvard Law Review, ISP Director and LBJ School Clinical Professor Steve Slick challenged the utility and wisdom of recommendations for enhanced White House oversight of US intelligence activities put forward by NYU Law School Professor Samuel Rascoff in Presidential Intelligence.

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