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The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin has been selected by the European Commission as the host of a new European Union Center of Excellence. The Strauss Center will receive nearly $300,000 over three years to pursue research and studies on how the European Union and the United States are responding to problems created by globalization.

In a New York Times op-ed, Strauss Senior Fellow Eugene Gholz cautions against excessive concern over disruptions to world oil flows. Despite the volatility of the market and unrest in oil-producing countries, world oil reserves are not as vulnerable as they might seem.

As many Americans worry that a disruption in the oil supply could drive energy prices even higher, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin announced today that it has launched a comprehensive web resource on how the Strait of Hormuz and escalating military tensions in the Persian Gulf affect global access to oil.

The recent Russia-Georgia conflict has all the hallmarks of a typical energy war, according to Strauss Fellow Michael Webber in an Austin American-Statesman opinion piece on August 17. Russia's emergence as an energy-producing powerhouse has put America and the European Union in a difficult position with regards to this current conflict.

On May 16, 2008, University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown was honored at a dinner benefiting the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, which is part of The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Penn State head coach Joe Paterno gave the keynote address, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann served as the emcee and former UT coach Darrell Royal attended.

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