On April 1, Strauss Center Senior Fellow Philip Bobbitt released his new book, Terror and Consent (Knopf, 2008), where he argues that the U.S. has defined the problem of winning the war against terror in a way that makes the situation virtually impossible to resolve. Professor Bobbitt suggests we need to change our ideas about terrorism, war and victory itself.

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, Americas witnessed what looked like an overseas humanitarian-relief operation. The storm provided a visual image of the severity of extreme weather that could be brought about by climate change in the future. The heavily populated coastal areas of the United States are vulnerable to these kinds of extreme weather events, suggesting that homeland security will require readiness against climate change. Strauss Fellow Joshua Busby suggests changes in three main areas in the Washington Post .

Former U.S. Army Officer and Chaplain James Yee will discuss his experience as a Muslim minister accused of spying at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Thursday, March 20, at 6 p.m. in The University of Texas Law School Auditorium.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin announced today it has received a $250,000 grant from the Confidence Foundation to support its Global Energy and Security Issues research program. The program is designed to study the geopolitics of energy and identify practical policy solutions to the global challenges of energy security in the 21st century. The grant will be used to fund research projects, fellowships, conferences and collaborative workshops on energy issues.

The Strauss Center was deeply saddened to lose one of our most treasured family members, Elspeth Davies Rostow, on Sunday, December 9th, 2007.