Brumley Next Generation Senior Fellow, Annika Rettstadt, was afforded the opportunity to discuss her thesis research with Senior Advisor to the Intelligence Studies Project and former CIA Director, John Brennan. A third year dual-degree student at the LBJ School and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Rettstadt's graduate career has focused on counterterrorism efforts in Europe.

Students: don't forget that applications close March 2nd for internships at the Department of State this fall.  More information regarding the application process can be found on the State Department's website

In particular, we encourage you to consider applying to the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), which would be ideal for students studying conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and foreign policy. Please find the call for applications here

Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Strauss Center’s Mexico Security Initiative (MSI), was recently quoted in a Texas Tribune article on border dynamics in the Rio Grande Valley. The prospect of border wall construction poses new and complicated challenges for controlling drug and human smuggling, but it alone will not stop transnational criminal activity. Drug and human smugglers, according to the article, have continued to be able to work around physical barriers in other parts of the U.S.-Mexico border by bribing Border Patrol officials and hiding drugs in licit cargo.

UT News recently featured the Strauss Center, Clements Center, and Intelligence Studies Project, along with their respective directors, for creating and fostering a community of national security and intelligence experts at the University of Texas.

Molly Adler, Strauss Center Brumley Fellow and dual-degree Master's candidate in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, is currently studying the historical context of cyberwarfare and what that means for the future policy responses to these attacks. Molly is being mentored in her Brumley program research by Dr. Paul Miller, Lecturer at the LBJ School and Associate Director of the Clements Center for National Security. She details her research for us here: