The Strauss Center and Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), in association with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the Space Traffic Management Conference to be held on February 19-20, 2020, in Austin TX, USA. 

In an Intelligence Studies Essay on the Lawfare national security site, LBJ School alumnus and former Brumley Graduate Fellow Eric Manpearl and ISP Director Steve Slick call for a reappraisal of Obama-era policies that afford extraordinary privacy protections to incidentally collected data on foreign nationals.  The authors argue that the security costs of these legacy restrictions on US signals intelligence activity outweigh the diplomatic benefits of voluntarily extending universal privacy rights to citizens of both allied and adversarial states.   The essay recommends a full policy review leading to repeal of relevant provisions in Presidential Policy Directive-28 or, at a minimum, amendments to the Directive that would require foreign governments that desire such protections for their citizens to respect the privacy of Americans in equal measure.  The full essay is here.

In his recent post for Lawfare, Strauss Center Director and James Baker Professor in Law, Bobby Chesney, provides a critical response to the White House’s October 6th, 2019 statement announcing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Northern Syria. Chesney first highlights some notable omissions from the White House statement—namely, the role of Kurdish coalition partners in the defeat of the Islamic State Caliphate in Northern Syria, and the central role of the Kurds in the detaining of captured Islamic State Fighters. He notes that the arrangement whereby the Kurds managed the detainment of the Islamic State Fighters was believed by many to not be viable in the long term, as Chesney had asserted in a separate August 2018 Lawfare post

At the Climate and National Security Forum on September 24, 2019, the Center for Climate Security Climate and Security Advisory Group, which includes State Fragility Director Ashley Moran, published the Climate Security Plan for America - developed and endorsed by 64 senior military, national security and intelligence leaders from the Climate and Security Advisory Group. Click here for the report, including an executive summary with the top-line recommendations for the federal government.

Austin, TX - The Strauss Center for International Security and Law and The Clements Center for National Security are pleased to announce that General Vincent K. Brooks (U.S. Army, Retired) and General Robert B. Neller (USMC, Retired) are joining the University of Texas at Austin as Distinguished Senior Fellows. As part of UT Austin. Generals Brooks and Neller will provide invaluable expertise in the fields of diplomacy, military operations, public policy, and myriad other facets of U.S. national security.