The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law has been awarded a $7.6 million grant by the U. S. Department of Defense. The grant is the largest single award dedicated to social science research The University of Texas at Austin has received.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in global policy studies. Applications are sought from creative, interdisciplinary scholars conducting significant policy relevant research on pressing global issues.

This summer, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Law School Professor Robert M. Chesney was on the front lines of the national debate on the detention and trial of terrorism suspects. Just after teaching his last class of the spring semester, Chesney traveled to Washington, DC, where he spent the next several months with the President's Detainee Policy Task Force.

Ninety percent of Persian Gulf oil travels through the Strait of Hormuz each day. Given the narrow nature of the official designated shipping channel, many experts worry that an attack on tankers could "close the strait," disrupting oil prices and making waves through the entire global economy. In a Foreign Policy article, Strauss Center Senior Fellow Eugene Gholz lays out reasons why the conventional wisdom may be wrong.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars announced today that Strauss Senior Fellow Alan Kuperman will be a member of the Center's 2009-2010 fellowship class.  As a Woodrow Wilson fellow, Dr. Kuperman will work on a project on "Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention."