Steve Slick, Intelligence Studies Project Director, was quoted by the Associated Press on reports that Representative Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, received intelligence reports directly from White House officials that revealed the President-elect and members of his transition team may have had their communications incidentally collected by U.S. Intelligence agencies. Slick explained that the intelligence agencies "have no incentive to see intelligence reports they gather and distribute for national security purposes become fodder in domestic political disputes.”

The Intelligence Studies Project of The University of Texas at Austin announces the third annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2016-17 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2017.

Joshua Busby, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, recently wrote an essay for the International Security Studies Forum’s Policy Roundtable “Is Liberal Internationalism Still Alive?" with Jonathan Monten of the University College London.

Ashley Moran, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and State Fragility Initiative Director, recently co-wrote a report titled “Untangling the Complexity of Fragile States” with Andrew Albertson, a Senior Advisor at Cure Violence. The report aims to convey how empirical findings on fragile states can inform a new U.S. strategy for fragile states focused on prevention.

Stephen Leland, a Masters in Global Policy Candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and an intelligence officer in the US Army Reserve, is studying national security and defense strategic decision-making in nonconventional conflict environments with the aid of Dr. Jeremi Suri. Stephen sat down with us to go into more detail: