Distinguished Scholar Jeremi Suri recently spoke to U.S. News and World Report about the effects that the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia may have in the Middle East. The King's passing was not entirely unexpected, as at 90 years old he had been hospitalized for over three weeks. But the change in power, now held by the King's half-brother Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, takes place at a particularly delicate time for the Gulf states given instability in neighboring Yemen and Bahrain.

Strauss Center Director and UT Law Professor Bobby Chesney participated in this year's Lara D. Gass Symposium at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. The symposium, entitled Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age, examined the legal and policy implications of the Snowden disclosures and various reform proposals with a focus on the tradeoffs or balance between security and privacy. Chesney moderated a panel on the corporate impact of the Snowden disclosures.

Events at the Strauss Center in fall 2014 comprised a wide variety of issues -- net assessment, terrorism, intelligence reform, the Arab Spring, international development, technology and entrepreneurship, and the Cold War. Below you'll find images and video from our events series last fall, along with interviews with select guest speakers.

On January 8-10, 2015, former Strauss Center Director and Distinguished Scholar Frank Gavin co-convened a conference with RMIT University's Joseph Siracusa examining the global nuclear order. The event, Reassessing the Global Nuclear Order—Past, Present, and Future, sought to instigate an intellectual conversation assessing the contemporary global nuclear order, bringing together scholars from the U.S., the U.K., China, Iran, Australia, and New Zealand.

In a recent piece for Foreign Policy's Shadow Government blog, Clements Center Director and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Will Inboden discusses this year's State of the Union address and the question of President Obama's legacy. In the post, entitled The Obama Legacy and the Next Two Years, Inboden argues that it is time for the Administration to implement strategic policies that strengthen the hand of its successor rather than saddle it with problems.

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