• Washington Post Plays Host to Nuclear Studies Conversation and Debate

    July 11, 2014

    This week, the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog played host to a series of posts discussing the future of nuclear studies. The discussion was kicked off by former Strauss Center Director Francis Gavin, who recently hosted a similar debate on H-Diplo, a prominent online journal focusing on issues of diplomacy, national security, and international history (for more information on that series of...

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Clements Center Executive Director William Inboden reviews Dr. Marc Trachtenberg's book, The Cold War and After: History, Theory, and the Logic of International Politics in the most recent issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies. Though trained as an historian, Trachtenberg currently teaches in

This summer's issue of Political Science Quarterly features an article authored by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Zoltan Barany. In his piece, "Building National Armies after Civil War: Lessons from Bosnia, El Salvador, and Lebanon," Barany uses the three aforementioned case studies as a lens through which to analyze the processes by which states rebuild military capacity following conflict.

Distinguished Scholar Dr. Terri Givens is the co-author of a newly published book, Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, June 2014). Along with her co-author, Rhonda Evans Case, Givens argues that antidsicrimination policy in Europe began taking root in the 1980s, and developed along with the European Union throughout the 1990s. The book examines the role of institutions such as the European Parliament and Commission, as well as key pieces of legislation like the Racial Equality Directive of 2000. 

In a recent forum on H-Diplo, a prominent online journal focusing on issues of diplomacy, national security, and international history, leading scholars debated questions of interdisciplinary, policy-relevant methodology in the study of nuclear weapons. The conversation represented a continuation of the discussions initiated during the Strauss Center's Nuclear Studies Research Initiative inaugural conference in October 2013.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Dr. Joshua Busby and his co-author, Dr. Ethan Kapstein, have been awarded the 2014 Don K. Price Book Award by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for their book, AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations (Cambridge University Press, 2013). The Don K. Price award is given yearly by the Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics (STEP) section of APSA for the best book published during the three years prior on one of these topics. The award will be officially announced during the 2014 annual APSA conference in Washington, D.C. this August.

Distinguished Scholars of the Strauss Center were active this spring in conducting research, publishing books and edited volumes, penning op-eds, and appearing on media outlets to discuss a number of issues, including counterinsurgency, terrorism, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the Authorization for Use of Military Force, defense industry reform, and the threat of climate change, among other topics. Below is a sampling of some of their recent work.

In CCAPS Student Working Paper No. 5, a group of students led by Dr. Jennifer Bussell explores the causes of variation in government policies to reduce the risk of, prepare for, and respond to natural disasters. While the report focuses on ten case studies within Africa, many policymakers will find that the analysis can be useful to a broader set of cases, particularly in developing countries.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Scott Wolford recently co-authored an article in International Theory (March 2014), with Moonhawk Kim of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Titled, "Choosing anarchy: institutional alternatives and the global order," the article explores the notion of anarchy, and finds that often anarchy is a deliberate choice entered into by states. 

Starting in May 2014, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data (ACLED) Project will release weekly updates of its real-time data on armed conflict in 30 high-risk African countries. On Monday afternoons, the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will post the updated conflict data for download via the CCAPS ACLED page and the CCAPS mapping tool.

At the conclusion of the spring semester, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and UT Professor Joshua Bubsy and students in the Major Economies and Climate Change Research Group presented the results of their Policy Research Project (PRP) on climate change mitigation. The PRP, conducted during the academic year by a group of 18 graduate students led by Dr. Busby, focused on major economies and sectoral approaches to addressing climate change.

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