In an opinion piece for USA Today, Strauss Fellow Alan Kuperman writes on the troop surge in Iraq.  

Neither President Bush's surge of troops, nor the withdrawal deadline Congress is expected to send to him after the Easter recess, has any hope of stabilizing Iraq. So it is time to contemplate a more radical option: Switch our allegiance from that country's Shiite-controlled government to its moderate Sunni minority, on condition they help us wipe out Sunni extremists in Iraq, including al-Qaeda.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Texas International Law Journal (TILJ) at The University of Texas School of Law will co-sponsor a symposium on April 10-11 that addresses the legal and political consequences of the recently enacted Military Commissions Act. The event"free and open to the public"will be held in the Law School's Eidman Courtroom.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law will welcome guests from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) to The University of Texas at Austin campus on Thursday, March 22. The purpose of the visit is to discuss a potential partnership between MGIMO, the Strauss Center and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas that could include collaborative research, faculty and student exchanges, internships and conferences and symposia.

Eugene Gholz, Daryl G. Press, and Benjamin Valentino write on Iraq in this article for the New York Times.  

The Iraq Study Group's recommendation that the United States withdraw its combat forces from Iraq reflects a growing national consensus that our military cannot quell the violence there and may even be making matters worse. Although many are hailing this recommendation as a bold new course, it is not bold enough. America will best serve its interests in the Persian Gulf by withdrawing its ground-based military forces not only from Iraq, but from the entire region.

In a recent New York Times op-ed, Assistant Professor Alan Kuperman argues that the key to rescuing Darfur is to reverse recent incentives.