Research Assistant: Special Operations Forces Initiative

In an article for Foreign Policy’s Shadow Government blog, Clements Center Director and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Will Inboden lamented the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. In the post, Remembering Boris Nemtsov and His Dream of a Free Russia, Inboden said that Nemtsov’s death “poignantly illustrates the connection between international aggression and domestic repression.”


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.

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