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Dr. Francis Gavin J.

Principal Investigator , CCAPS Program

The Strauss Center

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Austin, Texas 78712

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Frank Stanton Chair In Nuclear Security Policy Studies and Professor of Political Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Assistant Professor

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs

LBJ School of Public Affairs


Advisory Board for the Center for International Business Education and Research
University of Texas at Austin

Board Member
The Long Now Foundation

McKinsey & Company

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Olin National Security Fellow At Center for International Affairs
Harvard University

Senior Research Fellow
Nobel Institute

Founding Member
The Robert S. Strauss Center

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Historical Society



Political Science

University of Chicago


Diplomatic History

University of Pennsylvania

Master of Studies

Modern European History


Master of Studies

Modern European history

University of Oxford


Diplomatic History

University of Pennsylvania

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The program was piloted by the ...

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The program was piloted by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin in 2009 after receiving a $7.6 million five-year grant from the Minerva Initiative with the Department of Defense, according to Francis J. Gavin, professor of international affairs and director of the Strauss Center.

"The first goal was to look at whether we could more effectively identify what were the causes and locations of vulnerability in Africa, not just climate, but other kinds of vulnerability," Gavin said.
CCAPS comprises nine research teams focusing on various aspects of climate change, their relationship to different types of conflict, the government structures that exist to mitigate them, and the effectiveness of international aid in intervening. Although most CCAPS researchers are based at The University of Texas at Austin, the Strauss Center also works closely with Trinity College Dublin, the College of William and Mary, and the University of North Texas.
"In the beginning these all began as related, but not intimately connected, topics" Gavin said, "and one of the really impressive things about the project is how all these different streams have come together."
Africa is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to its reliance on rain-fed agriculture and the inability of many of its governments to help communities in times of need.
The region is of increasing importance for U.S. national security, according to Gavin, because of the growth of its population, economic strength and resource importance, and also due to concerns about non-state actors, weakening governments and humanitarian disasters.
Although these issues are too complex to yield a direct causal link between climate change and security concerns, he said, understanding the levels of vulnerability that exist is crucial in comprehending the full effect of this changing paradigm.
"What this project has showed us is that many of the real challenges of the 21st century aren't always in traditional state-to-state interactions, but are transnational in nature and require new ways of dealing with," Gavin said.

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"The complex pathways from climate change to security impacts have demanded new datasets to fill knowledge gaps, but also new ways of presenting the data to be of most use in policy planning," said Francis J. Gavin, Director of the Strauss Center.

CCAPS Dashboards Win Special Achievements in GIS Award | Development Gateway

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Dr. Francis J. Gavin, Director of the Strauss Center, noted the potential for the tool in supporting research and policy efforts.

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Francis J. Gavin, Director of the Strauss Center, noted the potential for the tool in supporting research and policy efforts. “The CCAPS mapping tool allows analysis at various levels of inquiry, from assessing high-level trends across many issues to examining detailed data on particular issues and locations of interest.†The CCAPS mapping tool is one of 175 sites chosen worldwide from over 100,000 nominees.

Strauss Center Leadership

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