By any measure President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward Mexico was extreme during the campaign. The day he announced he was running for president, he said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… . They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Trump repeatedly promised to “build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.” He claimed he could not get a fair trial in a lawsuit against Trump University because the federal judge hearing the case, a former federal prosecutor born in Indiana, is of Mexican heritage...

Michael Gibbs (Phd 2nd year in Government) is the ISP Fellow in the Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows program.  His faculty mentor, ISP Director Stephen Slick, has aided Michael in his research on the inner workings of insurgencies, specifically Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, and Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula and in Iraq.  Michael updates us on his progress in his Brumley Program interview:

Dr. Kevin Rosner, Senior Fellow at the Strauss Center and Director of Research at the Institute for Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at the University of Ottawa, Canada, published a new paper titled, Water and Electric Power in Iraq and Syria: Conflict and Fragility Implications for the Future. This paper is published as part of the Strauss Center’s program on Middle East Water, Energy, and Security, led by State Fragility Initiative Director Ashley Moran.

Strauss Center Director Bobby Chesney, and Distinguished Scholar Jeremi Suri recently shared their perspectives in TIME's "Behind the 1947 Law That Could Block Donald Trump's Secretary of Defense Pick."

Brumley Next Gen Scholar Juhi Amodwala, a Supply Chain Management and Government senior, tells us about her work as the CEC's Green Offices Program Coordinator and her future in the climate change policy arena, as part of our ongoing Brumley Next Gen Program check ins.