The University of Texas at Austin is home to the Central Intelligence Agency’s first resident intelligence officer (RIO) under its new Visiting Intelligence Officer Program. As UT’s RIO, Alan Kessler joins the university community to help bridge the gap between the intelligence community and academia. Kessler will work within the LBJ School of Public Affairs through fall 2020.

In a recent article for the Washington Post, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Dr. Terrence Chapman evaluated National Security Adviser John Bolton’s criticism of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is an independent and permanent international court which prosecutes war crimes and crimes against humanity. Bolton, who has opposed the court since its inception, argues that “the ICC unacceptably threatens American sovereignty and US national security interests” and is subsequently ineffective.

Courtney Broderick, PhD candidate in the Department of History, is a Brumley Next Generation Fellow at the Strauss Center. In this program, Courtney will work on a year-long research project with advisement from faculty mentor Stephanie Leutert, Director of our Mexico Security Initiative.

William Acheampong, second-year double major in Business Honors and History, is a Brumley Next Generation Scholar (our undergrad program) at the Strauss Center. Will has quickly made his mark at UT Austin, setting up the university's Doctors Without Borders chapter in between his academic achievements. He tells us about that experience, his goals for the Scholars' professional development class led by Drs. Mosser and Weaver, and more in his Brumley Student Profile:

A study by Strauss Center scholars provides robust new data on where—and how—fragility and climate risks combine to make populations more vulnerable to humanitarian emergencies and instability across the globe.