The Intelligence Studies Project of the University of Texas at Austin announces the inaugural round of an annual competition recognizing outstanding student research and writing on topics related to intelligence and national security. The winner of the “Inman Award” will receive a cash prize of $5000, with two semifinalists each receiving a cash prize of $2500. This competition is open to unpublished work by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs at accredited U.S. higher education institutions during the 2014-15 academic year. The deadline for submitting papers is June 30, 2015.

Since 2014, Distinguished Scholar Alan Kuperman has been a part of a task force of ten experts convened by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) to examine potential alternatives to highly enriched uranium (HEU) for naval propulsion, and to identify ways to monitor and safeguard enriched uranium in the naval sector. In particular, Dr. Kuperman contributed to the task force with an analysis on how to phase out HEU in naval propulsion, focusing on the United States and Russia.

The Strauss Center is seeking a GIS and Data Student Technician to assist coordinating data and mapping used in modeling climate-related disaster vulnerability as part of the Center’s program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA). The CEPSA program explores the confluence of insecurities that impact vulnerability to disasters and complex emergencies in Asia and assesses potential strategies for response.

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) has released a new dataset of political violence in South and Southeast Asia as a part of the Strauss Center’s new program analyzing the drivers of complex emergencies and political stability in Asia.

In a recent article in U.S. News and World Report, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Josh Busby comments on the increasing number of domestic political battles taking place over foreign policy. In the article, entitled Foreign Policy: The Latest Domestic Battleground, author Susan Milligan asserts that while politics used to “stop at the water’s edge,” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent speech to Congress illustrates the degree to which foreign policy is increasingly an issue that divides, rather than unites, Republicans and Democrats.

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