Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs Professor Jeremy Suri recently spoke on Aspen Public Radio about his and Ambassador Robert Hutchings’ new book, Foreign Policy Breakthrough: Cases in Successful Diplomacy. Suri discusses the factors that challenge conducting successful diplomacy historical examples of diplomacy, how to fill the gaps that have led to weak diplomatic policies, and comments on current diplomatic issues such as the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Assistant Professor Joshua Eisenman, recently discussed the United States’ policy of engagement toward China in the Journal of Contemporary China. In the journal, Eisenman reviews five books which represent the spectrum of current US-China policy assessments, ranging from policies that advocate expanding engagement with China to policies that focus on countering the growth of Chinese power and influence.

In a recent article for Global Brief, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs Professor Jeremi Suri discusses the US-Russia relationship and interests over the Arctic. In the article, "Washington and Moscow's High North Dance", Suri states that the region is becoming one of the world’s most coveted due to its resources and its emergence as a potential transportation route between North America and Northeast Asia, and argues that this will define a new era of strategic competition where the US and Russia will vie for accessibility and influence by forming alliances with the smaller states that border the Arctic.

ACLED’s March 2016 edition of the Conflict Trends report focuses on violence by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largely peaceful protests against the expansion of Addis Ababa and the response of security forces in Ethiopia, territorial gains made by General Khaliah Haftar’s military forces in Benghazi, Libya, the wide geography of riots and protests by Children of the Liberation Struggle (CLS) in Namibia, the peace process in South Sudan, spikes in protest, and low-level Islamist insurgency in Tunisia, and election-based violence in Uganda.

This week, scholars who had participated in a Strauss Center symposium on Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design saw their essays published as a special section of the journal Ethnopolitics titled “Can Constitutional Design Avert Ethnopolitical Violence?”

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