Lillie Leone, a 2014-2015 Brumley NextGen Scholar, is currently in Washington, D.C. as an Archer Fellow, where she is working at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. She completed her Plan II Senior Thesis in December on the topic of cultural heritage conservation and development. As part of her NextGen fellowship, Lillie wrote a policy paper about preserving cultural heritage during war, which helped guide her to her thesis topic.

CEPSA's conflict tracking conducted by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) project is designed for disaggregated conflict analysis and crisis mapping. ACLED-Asia covers real-time information on political violence, riots and protests, and its most recent Asian Conflict Trends Report includes a general overview of the violence recorded in South and Southeast Asia throughout 2015.

ACLED’s April 2016 edition of the Conflict Trends report focuses on increased protest activity in Chad at the beginning of this year, widespread police abuses in Egypt, the resurfacing of the Mozambican National Resistance movement (RENAMO) violence in Mozambique, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Mourabitoun attacks against foreign nationals in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali, and the rise of organized anti-state violence in the aftermath of Museveni’s electoral victory and anti-FDC violence in Uganda.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs Jeremi Suri was featured by the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) along with his colleague and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Duke University Hal Brands in discussing the importance of history in foreign policy. Suri and Brands explain the relationship between historians and policymakers and the friction that occurs between the two. Generally, historians believe that policymakers use history poorly, and policymakers believe that historians do not have experience that allows them to understand how policy is really made.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Government, Zoltan Barany recently wrote an article for Foreign Affairs Magazine titled “Myanmar’s Shaky Transition: A Treacherous Path to Democracy." Last November, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in Myanmar’s first elections to take place in 25 years. Now, Htin Kyaw, a civilian from the NLD has been elected president and must oversee a democratic transition in a country that has been under the rule of a military junta since 1962. Since 2011, Myanmar has experienced a major shift toward liberalism, but Barany states there are still serious challenges to address such as corruption, ethnic violence, sorely needed economic reform, and limits of power on the NLD placed by the still powerful military.