Connecting Past and Future: A History of Texas’ Isolated Power Grid
Why does Texas have its own power grid, and how can its history inform the future of electric power in the state? Nonresident scholar Julie Cohn looks beyond the mythology surrounding the standalone Texas grid and finds that reliability and economics — not politics — were the major factors leading to isolation.
Julie A. Cohn December 1, 2022
Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East | Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Refugees | Issue BriefIran’s Protests 40 Days On
Protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini show no signs of abating. Fellow Kelsey Norman explores the origin of women’s discontent in Iran and offers an analysis of how the protests may ultimately play out.
Kelsey Norman October 27, 2022
“Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams & Recent Policy Developments: Part 1
Fellow Joyce Beebe explores the tax scams featured on the IRS' "Dirty Dozen" list in this two-part brief series.
Joyce Beebe October 13, 2022
The Future of National Vaccine Policy Runs Through Texas
Vaccination policies are a cornerstone of public health, but anti-vaccine activists have been adamantly pushing for legislation that would weaken and dismantle the public health infrastructure, the authors write. In this issue brief, they examine vaccine policy challenges leading up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the future of vaccine legislation in Texas and the United States.
Rekha Lakshmanan, Kirstin R.W. Matthews September 26, 2022
Check It: How Drug Testing Programs Can Reduce Overdose Deaths
There have been promising developments in recent years in the fight to reduce overdose deaths. But barriers to drug checking and other overdose prevention tools remain throughout the country, writes fellow Katharine Neill Harris.
Katharine Neill Harris September 2, 2022
The Strong Job Market and Sliding College Enrollment
A hot job market is spurring a decline in college enrollment — with possible downsides for would-be students once the labor market cools.
Joyce Beebe July 13, 2022
Our New Afghan Neighbors: The Challenges and Opportunities of Afghan Resettlement to Houston
Following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan last summer, the world witnessed one of the largest and most rapid humanitarian evacuation missions in U.S. history. Since then, Afghan evacuees have faced numerous challenges in seeking resettlement in the United States.
Ana Martín Gil, Fazal Muzhary, Kelsey Norman April 25, 2022
Houston Energy Dialogues: Executive Summary
On August 31, 2021, Energy Dialogues and the Center for Energy Studies hosted the Houston Energy Dialogues for the fifth consecutive year. Co-sponsors of this event were Sempra LNG, Schlumberger and Validere. As in previous years, the dialogues provided a platform for in-depth conversations about the energy industry involving representatives from government, industry, academia, environmental groups and regulatory bodies. Resiliency was a central theme. This report summarizes the day's discussions.
Kenneth B. Medlock III April 11, 2022
Waste Management of Alternative Energy Supply Chains
The authors write that enormous volumes of “energy transition waste” — waste from wind turbines, solar panels, lithium-ion batteries, etc. — are anticipated in the coming decades. To cope with this waste and ensure a sustainable energy transition, they call for more data, planning and coordination across the entire global supply chain, in addition to waste management and recycling policies that align with environmental and sustainability goals.
Rachel A. Meidl, Michelle Michot Foss, Ju Li March 2, 2022