The February issue of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project's Conflict Trends Report analyzes recent trends in political violence in Asia. The report includes regional violence in Pakistan, the effects of the capture of Osama Bin Laden, insurgency in India, and a special focus on India and Pakistan relations in 2016. 

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Eugene Gholz recently co-authored an article with Umul Awan and Ehud Ronn in Energy Research & Social Science entitled “Financial and Energy Security Analysis of China’s Loan-For-Oil Deals” (February 2017). Dr. Gholz's latest contribution analyzes China's growing concerns about energy security, its soaring dependence on imported oils, and its "loan-for-oil" agreements as an energy security policy.

Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick was recently the guest speaker at the Texas Exes meeting in San Angelo, Tx, where he spoke about current U.S. national security concerns.

On February 8th, 2017 the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs held its annual “Innovation Bound” celebration. Each year, the event recognizes the accomplishments in policy research of the LBJ School community. Recent publications of a number of Strauss Center’s Distinguished Fellows were celebrated during this event: Alan J. Kuperman, Associate Professor of Public Affairs; Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs; and Catherine Weaver, Associate Professor of Public Affairs.

Nisha Krishnan, Doctoral Candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, currently works for the Strauss Center's Complex Emergencies and Political Stability (CEPSA) program, a valuable experience for her Brumley NextGen Fellow research project on disaster risk reduction capacities.  She recently sat down with us to go into more detail on her project: