In the 2017-2018 academic year, students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs participated in a Policy Research Project sponsored by the Intelligence Studies Project (ISP), and led by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and ISP Senior Fellow J. Paul Pope. Their report on "Interagency Performance in Counterterrorism Operations: Implications for the 'Gray Zone'" examined integration and cooperation between the intelligence community and special operations forces in the years leading up to and after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Dr. Jacob Dizard recently joined The Strauss Center's Mexico Security Initiative and UT Austin's Department of Government to craft a course on the relationships between policy and violence in Mexico. He shares with us here details on his upcoming 2018 Fall class, Mexico: Violence, Politics, Rule Of Law:

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a research project which records, publishes and analyzes disaggregated data on political violence. The data are publicly available along with information about the project at The data are used for a range of purposes, from academic research on dynamics of conflict to informing diplomatic policy, and humanitarian and development work in conflict-affected contexts. A new initiative underway is to add a new component to the data to help facilitate analysis for users.

In a recent article for the Weekly Standard, Strauss Center Senior Fellow Matt Tait discusses his involvement in exposing the Russians involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) email servers in 2016. Following the first posting of stolen documents to WikiLeaks, Tait, a former British spy, used publicly available information to eventually conclude that the attack was perpetrated by Russians in an effort to influence the presidential campaign.  

Stephanie Leutert, the director of the Mexico Security Initiative, weighed in on the recent border migration debate with her recent article, “Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming” for Lawfare.