POSITION OPENING: Graduate Research Assistant: ACLED-Asia Data Manager

The Strauss Center is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to assist in tracking political violence in Asia as part of an expansion of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED). ACLED is the premier armed conflict location event dataset for Africa and select other high-risk countries, providing near real-time, detailed data on conflict patterns, actors, and dynamics.

Strauss Center Crook Fellow Rachel Markowitz writes in from Kigali, Rwanda for the second time this summer, updating us on her internship activities with Search for Common Ground. For Rachel's first blog, outlining in detail the programs she is working on this summer, see here.

The ongoing UT Austin leadership dispute was reignited over the 4th of July weekend. Former Strauss Center Director, Frank Gavin, weighed in on the issue in an op-ed with the Dallas Morning News. In "Why UT President Powers is best at what he does," Gavin argues that the leadership of UT President Bill Powers has allowed for the creation of innovative, forward-thinking research institutions like the Strauss Center and the Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft.

Below, John Dinning gives us an update on his internship duties with Save the Children in El Salvador. John is one of the Strauss Center's 2014 Crook Fellows, and is spending his summer conducting monitoring and evaluation of Save the Children programming in its office in San Salvador.

The Strauss Center has released its report on the 2014 Next Generation Project Texas Assembly that was held in Houston on January 30-31, 2014.  This year’s assembly entitled “Surveillance, Security, and Privacy from a Texas Perspective” sought to examine the opportunities and challenges that technology poses to security, privacy, and economic development. Young leaders from around the state came together to hear from expert panels and to take part in roundtable discussions focused on the most pressing security and privacy issues facing Texans in the coming years.

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