The September issue of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project’s Conflict Trends Report analyzes recent trends in political violence in Asia. The report includes briefs on the uptick of riots and protests in India, with cow slaughter triggering caste violence; the rise in ISIS activity in Bangladesh, which includes July’s hostage crisis in which 20 hostages were killed; and an examination of the highly differing rates in political violence in the Pakistan- and Indian-administered halves of territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Joshua Busby, co-authored a contribution to the Washington Post's  "The Monkey Cage" titled "Elephants are in danger. Our research could help save them." Dr. Busby and 2015 Crook Fellow Leo Carter argue for a principled, measured approach to reversing the endangered status of elephants.

The Intelligence Studies Project at UT-Austin, a joint collaboration between the Robert Strauss Center and the Clements Center, is pleased to announce that J. Paul Pope has joined our team as a Senior Fellow. Paul will serve simultaneously as a Clinical Professor on the faculty of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

As with our Brumley Next Generation Undergraduate Scholars, we are tracking the progress of the Brumley NextGen Graduate Fellows in their year-long research project under the mentorship of a faculty member.

First up: Patricia Zavala, a dual degree master’s student, who tonight will be presenting her experience working with the UN this summer as part of the Crook Fellows program.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, Senior Fellow Cullen Hendrix, and State Fragility Initiative Director Ashley Moran, recently participated in the compilation of a climate and security briefing book for the next presidential administration.