In a recent article for Current History, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby, discusses the issue of climate change and the importance of 2015 Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change. In the article, "After Paris: Good Enough Climate Governance," Busby argues that the political will to address issues of climate change has not been present until now, and the economic and political conditions of today allow for a ripe time for action.

In a recent Lawfare blog post, Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick and Strauss Center Director Bobby Chesney provide context for Inman Award semi-finalist paper titled "Counterterrorism Strategies: Leadership Decapitation vs. Mid-Tier Elimination."

As part of a multi-organization effort, the Center for Climate and Security recently released a new report titled The U.S. Asia-Pacific Rebalance, National Security, and Climate Change. The report discusses the growing attention that climate change is receiving as a security policy concern, and the United States’ policy of “rebalance” toward the Asia-Pacific. Commenting on the past neglect that Asia has experienced is Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ Associate Professor Joshua Busby and Strauss Center Graduate Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is now accepting applications for the 2016 Crook Fellowships. Through this Fellowship program, the Strauss Center makes grants to support students doing summer internships for non-profit, non-governmental, or governmental organizations that conduct development projects in the developing world. The grants, awarded in amounts up to $5,000, are made possible by the William H. Crook Program in International Affairs. Students may use the grants to cover travel and living expenses during the internship.

Version 6.0 of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) is now available and covers all African political violence from 1997 to 2015. ACLED tracks the actions of opposition groups, governments, and militias across Africa, specifying the location and date of battle events, transfers of military control, headquarter establishment, civilian violence, and rioting. Data are disaggregated by type of violence including battles between armed actors, violence against civilians, and rioting and a wide variety of actors including government forces, rebel groups, militias, and civilians.

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