On Tuesday, May 24, the Truman Center hosted a panel discussion on a new publication entitled "A Call for a New Strategic Approach to Fragile States," written by Strauss Center Associate Director Ashley Moran and Andrew Albertson. The paper argues that the changing national security landscape requires a comprehensive, strategic approach toward fragile states. 

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Joshua Busby recently co-authored a piece for the Monkey Cage (Washington Post) on upcoming changes within the World Health Organization (WHO). In May of 2017, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan will complete her term and the World Health Assembly will vote on her successor. According to the authors, this will be a pivotal time for the WHO.

On April 29, UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves, along with the Strauss and Clements Centers, hosted a gala dinner honoring Admiral Bobby R. Inman. It was a special evening, and all proceeds from the event are helping create the Admiral Bobby R. Inman Chair in Intelligence Studies. So far, $600,000 has been raised toward the $4 million endowment goal.

In their latest CEPSA research brief, “Beyond Emergency Relief: Tracking Aid for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management”, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Kate Weaver and CEPSA Graduate Research Assistant Nisha Krishnan discuss the relationship between climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). These fields are normally discussed separately, but Weaver and Krishnan identify synergies between the two, and suggest that coordination between the two fields could reduce redundancy and costs. However, historical differences have inhibited this coordination. Weaver and Krishnan suggest a new aid tracking methodology to help integrate CCA and DRRM programs, using Bangladesh as a pilot.

In a recent Foreign Policy article, Sarah Kaiser-Cross, former Senior Research Manager for ACLED Asia, and Ellen Scholl, former Strauss Center Senior Student Associate, analyze recent changes to Saudi Arabia’s economic policies. On April 25, the country released its “Vision 2030,” laying out a plan to diversify the Saudi economy in the next 15 years. In "Saudi Arabia begins to imagine life withour oil," Kaiser-Cross and Scholl explain that if the reforms outlined in the plan are implemented, Saudi Arabia may smoothly transition away from a repression and a rentier economy, towards transparency and accountability instead.

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