Happy New Year from the Strauss Center! 2014 promises to be an active year for the Center, beginning with Professor Bobby Chesney taking over as Director of the Strauss Center. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Chesney is the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at UT and a nationally renowned expert in issues of national security law. His extensive writings have covered topics ranging from drone strikes to cyberwarfare, with a particular emphasis on the disruptive impact that technological and strategic change can have on legal regimes.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is pleased to announce its spring 2014 events schedule. Below you will find more information on upcoming lectures as a part of both the long-standing International Security Speakers Series and the newly established Intelligence Studies Project, along with details for larger conferences and symposia we're hosting or co-sponsoring with other departments and centers on campus. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law will offer up to two pre-doctoral fellowships in security studies for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Strauss Center pre-doctoral fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of researchers and thought leaders and encourage them to engage in policy-relevant research on issues related to security studies.

The Center's flagship speaker series continues to host more speakers each year, drawing world-renowned scholars, legal experts, and policy practitioners to the UT campus. This semester we welcomed seven experts to the 40-acres to share their research on topics as diverse as drone strikes, 18th century warfare, the 1970s, and declassification of government documents. Below you'll find a sampling of some of these events. Stay tuned for the Spring 2014 lineup!

Last week, Incoming Director Bobby Chesney and the Brookings Institution's Benjamin Wittes visited the NSA to conduct a series of interviews with high-level officials. The interviews are a direct outgrowth of the Intelligence Studies Project, a joint venture of the Strauss Center and the Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft at UT Austin. The Intelligence Studies Project kicked off its work this fall when Chesney and Clements Director Will Inboden led a diverse group of academics, all experts in the field of national security and intelligence, on another trip to the NSA to participate in a day-long workshop with senior officials. During that visit, Wittes proposed the idea of podcast interviews with key NSA officials, and beginning Monday morning the resulting interviews are being posted to Lawfare, a blog co-founded by Chesney and Wittes.

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