Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Jason Cons’ new book, Sensitive Spaces: Fragmented Territory at the India-Bangladesh Border, has been pre-released ahead of its publication on April 11, 2016. It is available for pre-order from the University of Washington press, and a preview is available on Google Books.

CEPSA's conflict tracking conducted by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) project is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping. ACLED-Asia covers real-time information on political violence, riots and protests, and its most recent Asian Conflict Trends Report includes a general overview of the violence recorded in South and Southeast Asia throughout 2015.

Strauss Center Director and Univeristy of Texas Law Professor Bobby Chesney recently weighed in on the national conversation about personal device encryption and national security. Last week, the FBI took Apple to court and demanded they unlock an iPhone 5C used by San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. This specific case, Chesney argues, is occurring in the wider context of “going dark”.

The Strauss Center is very pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2016-17 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars programs. These unique opportunitues 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.

The Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI) recently released a brief on integrated security in which they mention several agencies doing impactful work on implementing integrated security initiatives. Of those agencies named, the FOI praised the Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability Program (CCAPS). CCAPS is a multi-year research program that examines the relationship between climate change vulnerability and patterns of conflict, thereby specifying where, when, and how climate-related events could disrupt security and development efforts in Africa.

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