The Trumpcast podcast recently released a new episode “Understanding Mexico in the Migration Crisis,” where host Leon Krauze interviewed director of the Strauss Center’s Central America/Mexico Policy InitiativeStephanie Leutert. They discussed Mexico’s involvement in what has been labeled as a crisis at the United States southern border. Leutert argued that for border control agents, the number of people crossing may feel like a crisis, and that since migrants were forced to leave their homes and go on this long journey, they may also perceive the situation as a crisis. However, Leutert is quick to point out that the lack of resources from both governments and United States policies have aggravated the situation.

In the article "Commerce Getting Ready for Space Traffic Mission" Jacqueline Feldscher describes the plans for the Commerce Department to take charge of sharing data about the locations of orbiting spacecraft’s with the public. She also interviews Kevin O’Connell, the director of the Office of Space Commerce at the Department of Commerce. O’Connell highlights that he recently appointed Strauss Center’s non-resident scholar Diane Howard to work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric and help the Commerce Department partner with the Defense Department to provide commercial notifications worldwide.

In the Washington Post article, “Trump and His Advisors are Probably Wrong About What Foreign Policy American’s Want,” Strauss Distinguished Scholar, Joshua Busby, and his co-authors, Dina Smelz and Jordan Tama, present the results of their survey of foreign policy opinion leaders. Their results show that most opinion leaders perceive that Americans are a lot less enthusiastic about trade, foreign aid, and military intervention than they actually are. Therefore, Trump will think about how his decisions will be perceived by the public, but does not understand what Americans actually want.

In a recent article for the Virginian-Pilot, Strauss Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Alan Kuperman, discussed the need for Congress to fund naval fuel research. Kuperman’s commentary comes on the heels of a recent amendment, offered by Representative Elaine Luria, to remove research funding from the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

The Robert Strauss Center is very pleased to announce the acceptance of thirteen graduate students to its 2019 – 2020 class of the Brumley Next Generation Fellows program. Now entering its fifth year, the program’s new class comprises an impressive group of graduate and PhD students drawn from schools and departments across UT campus.