On January 11, the Strauss Center’s Mexican Security Initiative sponsored a field trip visit to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, for students of its “Cartel Violence in Mexico” class. These students are currently engaged in the in-depth study of the security challenge posed by organized crime in Mexico and Central America, and the various policy responses the Mexican federal government has attempted in response.

David Kneeland (IRG and History senior) served for five years as an active duty Marine and is currently involved in the Longhorn Student Veterans Association and the Clements Center for National Security as an Undergraduate Fellow.

On December 15, 2016,  Eleanor Crook and her late husband, Ambassador William H. Crook, received the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for Lifetime Achievement--the highest U.S. award for volunteerism.

Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick recently wrote the piece "The Intelligence Community Faces Sharp Challenges, but No Crisis" for Foreign Policy's Shadow Government. In this article, Slick addresses Russia's efforts to influence the U.S. election, the president-elect's skepticism of the intelligence reports and judgments, the morale of intelligence agencies, as well as the opportunities and challenges these agencies will face with a new administration.

Last December, the Strauss Center funded three MSI Policy Research Project students' visit to El Paso, Texas to participate in a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border led by Joint Task Force North (JTFN). These students had the opportunity to hear directly from Customs Border Patrol (CBP) leadership how CBP aims to foster commerce and enforce regulations on the flow of people and goods.