In September 2015, CCAPS and the LBJ School of Public Affairs released a new report that examines the capacity of governmental systems to prepare for and respond to climate change and climate-related hazards in a set of large urban areas in Africa.

New and ongoing research from Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars over the summer addressed a range of imminent global issues, from the United States’ nuclear deal with Iran to constitutional design in Africa. Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars come from departments across UT Austin's campus, comprising legal experts, historians, political scientists, business experts, energy specialists, and more. Below are highlights of some of their recent research endeavors, spanning a wide range of topics and touching on some of the most pressing international events of the day.

The Strauss Center's program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) explores the causes and dynamics of complex emergencies in Asia and options for building government capacity to prevent and respond to such situations. CEPSA researchers were active over the summer conducting field research, producing new data on Asian political violence, tracking international aid for disaster response and climate change adaptation, and producing new vulnerability maps.

As announced this spring, the inaugural group of ten Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows joined the Strauss Center this fall, starting the academic year by meeting with their Strauss Center faculty mentors to plan their research projects for the year ahead. The Fellows and mentors were joined in September by Jon and Rebecca Brumley for a program launch event to share more about the Fellows’ projects and plans.

The National Security Law Workshop completed its 8th successful year in May. The acclaimed event is now under the joint sponsorship of the Strauss Center, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, and the South Texas College of Law. Pioneered by Professors Bobby Chesney of UT and Geoff Corn of South Texas, the event annually assembles a collection of several dozen civilian and military lawyers in a blended-format workshop including paper presentations and roundtable discussions on hot topics. Participation is determined by a combination of a call-for-papers and through competitive application for spots as discussants and general participants.

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