As a 2015 Crook Fellow, Alexandra Noble is interning at InterAction, an organization that collaborates with and streamlines efforts made by international development organizations, in Washington, D.C. this summer. In her first blog post, Alexandra discusses the challenges non-governmental organizations (NGOs) face trying not to duplicate efforts when working on similar development projects.

Marcelle Cohen is spending her summer interning with Alianza Iniciative de Mujeres Colombianas por la Paz (IMP), a peace-building and women's rights organization, in Bogota, Colombia. In her first blog post, she discusses the difficulty of the country has in overcoming its violent history.

In an interview on Al Jazeera, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Alan Kuperman said claims that the pending nuclear deal would greatly extend Iran’s breakout time are exaggerated and ultimately incorrect. Kuperman warns that the deal would grant Iran the benefit of sanctions relief without blocking its path to nuclear weapons, thereby strengthening the Iranian regime and its ability to harm U.S. interests.

In a recent piece for Harvard University’s Belfer Center, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Alan Kuperman addresses the commentary and criticism pursuant to his recent New York Times op-ed on Iran’s nuclear program. In the article, "Misleading Spin on Centrifuges", Kuperman reinforces his claim that the pending nuclear deal would not extend Iran’s breakout capacity nearly as much as the Obama Administration claims.

This fall, the Strauss Center will welcome the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as part of its recently announced "Start with Security" conference series. Scheduled for November 15, 2015, the Austin event will be the second in a series of conferences hosted by the FTC to help small and medium sized enterprises improve their data security. The series is part of a larger FTC effort to help businesses protect consumer information, and will include guidance for businesses and lessons from the FTC’s 53 data security cases.

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