The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law announced today the members of its leadership team. The Center named James M. Lindsay as Director; Francis J. Gavin as Director of Studies; Kenneth Flamm as Director of the Technology, Innovation and International Security Program; and Jill Angelo as Associate Director.

Renowned lawyer and public servant Ambassador Robert S. Strauss and the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP have contributed $7.5 million to The University of Texas at Austin to establish a new research center on global affairs.

In 1993, Colombia passed some of the most progressive legislation in the world for guaranteeing the collective property rights of an Afrodescendant minority population. The rights that were promised, however, are far from realized, as years of armed conflict, the expansion of agriculture and tourist projects, and narco-trafficking have all impeded the realization of the legislation's objectives.

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.