The Brumley NextGen Undergraduate Scholars’ class is at full steam! Drew Orland (Third year Economics student & Head Carillonneur in the UT Tower, among many other things) gives us an update as they develop their policy proposals due at the end of the month:

Strauss Center Mexico Security Initiative Fellow Stephanie Leutert recently joined Benjamin Wittes on a podcast for Lawfare's "Beyond the Border" series (sponsored by the Strauss Center) on the epidemic of violence plaguing Mexico and Central America. How bad is the violence in these countries? Why do the U.S. rarely consider violence in these countries to be relevant to national security? What is causing the crisis and the waves of migration it generates? What can be done to stop it?

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar H.W. Brands released his most recent book, The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, on October 11. Leading up to the release of his latest tome on an important era of American history, Professor Brands contributed to Smithsonian Magazine a piece titled "The Redacted Testimony that Fully Explains why General MacArthur was Fired".

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Jason Cons recently published the Research Brief “Exploring State Vulnerability and Climate Change: Bangladesh’s Resilience Plan” as part of the Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) Program. Cons explores how over the past decade, Bangladesh has emerged as a climate state and has distinguished itself by developing innovative policy solutions to address environmental challenges.

In CCAPS Research Brief No. 35, Pathways of Governance Aid Effectiveness: Countries with Low Human Development, CCAPS researcher Daniel Robles Olson explores the effectiveness of democracy aid programs in two high-poverty and low-human development countries: Benin and Guinea.

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