• Gabriel Cortez, a candidate for a Master in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, recently co-authored a timely essay on the challenge of promoting and maintaining workplace diversity in America’s principal foreign affairs agencies. Mr. Cortez, a Department of State Charles B. Rangel Fellow, was recently selected by the Strauss Center as a 2020 Brumley NextGen Graduate Fellow and assigned to the Intelligence Studies Project for the coming academic year. The full essay is available on the website of the U.S. (Helsinki) Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe HERE.

  • Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Eric Kreitz, a U.S. Army War College Fellow at UT-Austin during the 2019-20 academic year, earned third place in the Secretary of Defense’s National Essay Competition and the U.S. Army War College Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research for his paper “Re-emerging Russian Influence in Latin America and US Foreign Policy Response.”

  • Katie Dehlinger, a UT-Austin Plan II Honors student, recently completed her research thesis on "Espionage in the Digital Age: How Technology is Impacting the Recruitment and Handling of Spies." Using the framework of the so-called "agent acquisition cycle," Ms. Dehlinger analyzed how dramatic advances in digital technology were impacting every facet of human intelligence gathering from spotting potential sources to terminating agent relationships. ISP Director Steve Slick and CIA's Resident Intelligence Officer Alan Kessler advised Ms. Dehlinger on the year-long project. Congratulations! The full thesis can be found HERE.

  • ISP Director Steve Slick recently joined Lera Toropin of the Slavic Connection to discuss his nearly three decades in intelligence.  The conversation includes personal accounts of the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. efforts to end conflicts in the Balkans, the morning of 9/11 in CIA’s Executive Offices and the launch of UT’s Intelligence Studies Project. The full podcast is available HERE.