Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Huaiyin Li recently co-authored the edited publication “Agricultural Reform and Rural Transformation in China since 1949”. In this volume, Dr. Li and his colleague, Thomas Dubois, bring together a collection of fourteen articles written by various scholars covering a range of issues related to the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) policies aiming to transform rural production in China. The introduction, written by Li and Dubois, provides a historical context for the issues discussed in this volume and frames the overall issue of rural agricultural reform under PRC rule.

Despite its rapid and impressive industrial growth over the past few decades, China remains heavily invested in agriculture. The perspectives presented in this volume highlight important historical institutional changes and agricultural development issues in rural China during and after the Maoist era, which have shaped the agricultural economy of China today.

More information on Li and Dubois’ book can be found here.

The Intelligence Studies Project of the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the winner and two semifinalists of the second “Bobby R. Inman Award” recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Steve Slick was interviewed for the SpyCast series by Dr. Vince Houghton, the Historian and Curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The conversation ranged from Slick’s experiences during a 28-year career as a CIA operations officer and manager, to his involvement in reshaping the U.S. Intelligence Community after the 9/11 attacks while he served on the staff of the National Security Council.

In her second blog post, Crook Fellow Lauren Toppenberg disscusses the importance of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG).

In her second blog post as a 2016 Crook Fellow, Anna Koons discusses the role Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) plays in bridging gaps in U.S. foreign assistance.