Steven Damiano, a recent LBJ School graduate and 2015 Crook Fellow, released a briefing paper for the Bread for the World Institute concerning ideas for U.S. policy in supporting fragile or low-income countries in increasing their Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM). DRM is described as the methods in which countries access their own means of funding national priorities.

In a recent article for The Washington Post, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Celeste Ward Gventer responds to David Vine’s new book on the harm U.S. military bases cause domestically and abroad. In the article, “The costs of maintaining our bases overseas,” Ward Gventer acknowledges Vine’s arguments that U.S. military bases across the globe are costly, but also points out errors in his argument, such as failing to discuss the relationship between U.S. strategy and the military bases worldwide, and Vine’s use of less than credible sources to support his arguments.

The November 2015 issue of Conflict Trends focuses on the diffusion of protests in Algeria amidst elite corruption, State of Sinai activity and parliamentary elections in Egypt, intra-party political violence in Guinea, political contestation in Republic of Congo following President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s constitutional amendment to term limits, demonstrations over university fees in South Africa, and heightened protest activity re-lated to the 2016 elections in Uganda.

The Strauss Center’s Climate Change and Political Stability Program (CCAPS) program is excited to announce the release of its African Constiutional Design Database, which presents cross-sectional data on constitutional design across all African states, dating back to 2011.

In a landmark address this morning, UT System Chancellor William McRaven provided a bold vision for the future growth of the system, including a set of “quantum leap” strategic initiatives.  One of them involves the creation of a system-wide “UT Network for National Security”:

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