Stephen Leland, a Masters in Global Policy Candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and an intelligence officer in the US Army Reserve, is studying national security and defense strategic decision-making in nonconventional conflict environments with the aid of Dr. Jeremi Suri. Stephen sat down with us to go into more detail:

Xconomy recently featured the Strauss Center’s newly launched partnership with Al-Austin in an article entitled “Austin Innovators Form Group to Promote Ethical Use of AI Tools.” The article provides an overview of AI-Austin’s mission to pursue the solutions to societal issues through the responsible use of artificial intelligence. Also discussed are the group’s areas of focus in employing AI tools on healthcare and social justice initiatives.

The Strauss Center is thrilled to congratulate The University of Texas at Austin students Mohamed Al-Hendy (School of Law), Craig Gertsch (LBJ School), Zeyi Lin (Cockrell School of Engineering), and Alex Shahrestani (School of Law) on winning second place in this year's "Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge," organized by the Atlantic Council from March 16-18 in Washington D.C. The Strauss Center was proud to sponsor the team's participation in the fifth annual competition on cyber policy.

From March 13-16, the Robert Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative Policy Research Project took 13 graduate students on an exciting field trip visit to Mexico City. The objective of this visit was to have students speak directly with professionals who focus on Mexico’s security issues, and who are the architects or analysts of the Mexican government’s policies—as well as for the group to tour the facilities where these practitioners work.

Robert Chesney, Director of the Robert Strauss Center and Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, was quoted in the New York Times on March 7, in an article titled “Wikileaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents.”

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