In their latest CEPSA research brief, “Beyond Emergency Relief: Tracking Aid for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management”, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Kate Weaver and CEPSA Graduate Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan discuss the relationship between climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). These fields are normally discussed separately, but Weaver and Krishnan identify synergies between the two, and suggest that coordination between the two fields could reduce redundancy and costs. However, historical differences have inhibited this coordination. Weaver and Krishnan suggest a new aid tracking methodology to help integrate CCA and DRRM programs, using Bangladesh as a pilot.

In a recent Foreign Policy article, Sarah Kaiser-Cross, former Senior Research Manager for ACLED Asia, and Ellen Scholl, former Strauss Center Senior Student Associate, analyze recent changes to Saudi Arabia’s economic policies. On April 25, the country released its “Vision 2030,” laying out a plan to diversify the Saudi economy in the next 15 years. In "Saudi Arabia begins to imagine life withour oil," Kaiser-Cross and Scholl explain that if the reforms outlined in the plan are implemented, Saudi Arabia may smoothly transition away from a repression and a rentier economy, towards transparency and accountability instead.

In Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Paul D. Miller’s forthcoming book, "American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy" (Georgetown University Press, August 2016), the former Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council, offers internationalist prescriptions for American grand strategy.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby recently presented the paper “In Harm's Way: Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia” at the 57th International Studies Association Annual Convention, prepared in collaboration with CEPSA Consultant Todd Smith, CEPSA Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan, and CEPSA GIS Research Assistant Charles Wight.

In CEPSA Research Brief No. 1 titled “Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia 1.0”, CEPSA Researcher Joshua Busby and his team discuss the climate-related hazard vulnerabilities of South and Southeast Asia and the growing threat of climate change in exacerbating climate-related threats. Asian countries have among the highest numbers of people exposed to the impacts of climate-related hazards, yet these countries receive less attention and aid than other regions of the world.