UT Professor and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Jason Brownlee was quoted in an article in The National on the future of Egyptian politics. The article, which focuses on the potential Presidential candidacy of Military Chief Abdel Fattah el Sisi, discussed the impact his candidacy might have on Egyptian civilian-military relations and the relationship between the U.S. and Egypt. The article explains that in recent months, the Obama Administration has stayed relatively silent with respect to Egypt’s future, signifying either frustration with the Egyptian political process or acquiesce and acceptance of the role of the Egyptian military. Professor Brownlee, an expert on U.S.-Egypt policy, elected for the latter, noting that many in the U.S. want a leader in Egypt who can “stabilise the country” and that many in the State Department and the Pentagon would be “comfortable” with a military President who could provide that stability.

In a recent article in The National Interest online, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Dr. Eugene Gholz discussed the dramatic changes that are occurring in the American defense industry. In his co-written article with Harvey Sapolsky, End of the Line, Gholz points out that this year will mark the first closures of privately owned military shipyards and aircraft assembly plants since the end of the Cold War. This is a trend that will continue, says Gholz, and one that is indicative of a major shift in the American defense industry.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Dr. Frederick Chang will be leading the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security at the Southern Methodist University, established with a $7.75 million donation from Darwin Deason (founder of Affiliated Computer Services Inc.). The institute will integrate expertise in various fields—law, public policy, natural science, computer science, and engineering—to combat the challenges posed by cyber security threats. Says Chang: "The pace of the attacks and activity, and the size of the compromises get bigger and bigger each time. So it just heightens the interest level."

In a recent post for Foreign Policy's Shadow Government Blog, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Clements Center Director William Inboden urged the Obama administration to do more to promote freedom and support liberty worldwide. In his post, Bringing Freedom House to the White House, Inboden lamented the conclusions in the 2014 Freedom in the World Report that the state of freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year, continuing a trend of diminishing political rights and civil liberties.

Every year, the Strauss Center chooses exceptional UT undergraduate students to pair with one of the Center's Distinguished Scholars. These students, called Next Generation Scholars, gain experience in conducting policy-relevant research and writing through this mentorship program. 

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