On February 26, Strauss Center Director and UT Law Professor Robert Chesney testified before the House Armed Services Committee in a hearing entitled Outside Perspectives on the President’s Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In his testimony, Chesney explained the relationship of this proposal to other authorities including the 2001 al Qaeda AUMF and the President’s constitutional authority under Article II, and provided an analysis of the issues the President’s proposal raises.

In recent articles in the Washington Post and Federal Computer Week, Strauss Center Intelligence Studies Project Director Steve Slick comments on the proposed expansion of the CIA’s cyber-espionage capabilities. Slick welcomes CIA Director Brennan’s plan, saying the CIA would “do well to focus more on cyberspace.” Brennan’s plan reportedly calls for increased utilization of cyber capabilities in almost all areas of the CIA’s operations, and is part of a broader restructuring effort by Brennan designed to bring together the Agency’s operations and analysis directorates.

In an article for U.S. News & World Report, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Clements Center Director William Inboden discusses the Obama Administration’s refusal to use the term Islamic terrorism in describing recent terrorists attacks in the Middle East. In his article, An Irreducibly Religious Movement, Inboden argues that if they are to defeat the threat posed by jihadi terrorism, the Administration must call it what it is. 

In an interview on Good Day Austin, Intelligence Studies Project Director and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Steve Slick discussed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by the Islamic State in Libya and commented on why such violent acts are perpetuated and what this means for U.S. policy.

In a recent post for Shadow Government, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Clements Center Director Will Inboden reflects on the capabilities and legacy of former Secretary of State George Schultz. In the piece, Rescuing George Schultz, the Best Secretary of State You’ve Never Heard Of, Inboden argues that Schultz was both a highly talented manager and skilled practitioner of statecraft, a rare combination in U.S. diplomatic history.

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