Amidst debate in Nebraska over the fate of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and UT Professor Michael Webber weighs in on the trade offs in transport options to carry crude oil from Canada's tar sands. In the Bloomberg article, Keystone XL Route Runs through Nebraska Top Court, Webber comments on the positive and negative externalities associated with the proposed pipeline. The good news, according to Webber, is that construction of the pipeline would create U.S. jobs and economic advantages for a major U.S. trade partner.

Former Strauss Center Associate Director Celeste Ward Gventer participated in last week's iteration of the New York Times' Room for Debate, discussing whether or not NATO should defend non-member Ukraine. For Gventer, Western-oriented Ukraine both deserves and requires support from NATO and the West. Based on her recent experience working with Ukraine's military forces, Gventer argues that NATO can help modernize Ukrainian equipment, reducing the imbalance between the military capabilities of Russia and Ukraine.

As the nation commemorates the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks this week amid increasing threats from terrorist groups abroad, the William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin will host a first-of-its-kind conference featuring America's most senior intelligence and counterterrorism leaders.

The Strauss Center is seeking a GIS Technician to assist in modelling climate-related disaster vulnerability as part of the Center's new 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 potential strategies for response. The program focuses on six countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) and five countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam).

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is thrilled to announce its fall 2014 events lineup. This semester we're welcoming a diverse array of guest speakers to the 40 Acres, with talk topics ranging from net assessment, terrorism, and intelligence reform to the Arab Spring and the Cold War. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an intellectually stimulating season!

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