David Kneeland (IRG and History senior) served for five years as an active duty Marine and is currently involved in the Longhorn Student Veterans Association and the Clements Center for National Security as an Undergraduate Fellow.

On December 15, 2016,  Eleanor Crook and her late husband, Ambassador William H. Crook, received the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for Lifetime Achievement--the highest U.S. award for volunteerism.

Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick recently wrote the piece "The Intelligence Community Faces Sharp Challenges, but No Crisis" for Foreign Policy's Shadow Government. In this article, Slick addresses Russia's efforts to influence the U.S. election, the president-elect's skepticism of the intelligence reports and judgments, the morale of intelligence agencies, as well as the opportunities and challenges these agencies will face with a new administration.

Last December, the Strauss Center funded three MSI Policy Research Project students' visit to El Paso, Texas to participate in a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border led by Joint Task Force North (JTFN). These students had the opportunity to hear directly from Customs Border Patrol (CBP) leadership how CBP aims to foster commerce and enforce regulations on the flow of people and goods. 

By any measure President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward Mexico was extreme during the campaign. The day he announced he was running for president, he said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… . They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Trump repeatedly promised to “build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.” He claimed he could not get a fair trial in a lawsuit against Trump University because the federal judge hearing the case, a former federal prosecutor born in Indiana, is of Mexican heritage...