Washington Report

In April 2015, we concluded this year-long research project with presentations in Washington DC. We wrote six papers as part of this project which are proprietary to the client, the Congressional Research Service. Six students — Leo Carter, Caitlin Goodrich, LinhPhung Huynh, Cliff Kaplan, Delfina Rossi, and Wade Tanner — joined me in DC for the final presentation and pictured above.

In addition, we had the good fortune to meet with many of the major wildlife non-governmental organizations in a two-hour briefing held at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Finally, with the assistance of colleagues at the World Wildlife Fund, we held nine information meetings with staff from offices of the Texas Congressional delegation. A highlight of the trip was a meeting with Congressman Ted Poe of Houston who recently hosted an important hearing on poaching and terrorism.IMG_1591

After returning to Texas, we filmed a rough and ready version of our findings for the six papers, covering  six different areas, one on (1) consumer demand, (2) another on the security implications of the poaching crisis, (3) multilateral approaches, (4) sport hunting, (5) ecotourism, and (6) public-private partnerships.

Below are the collection of videos here and a link to the powerpoint in the final presentation, as well as testimony on wildlife crime and national security I submitted to Congress during our recent visit to Washington, DC. I have to say that this course was one of the most rewarding teaching experiences at the LBJ School. Special thanks to the professional work of the students whose work is represented on this blog where they have been able to share their own personal views on the topic.


Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs and a Distinguished Scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He originally joined the LBJ School faculty in fall 2006 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer. In 2016, Dr. Busby also joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a non-resident fellow. In 2018, he joined the Center for Climate & Security as a Senior Research Fellow. Busby is the author of several studies on climate change, national security, and energy policy from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, the German Marshall Fund, and CNAS. Busby was one of the lead researchers in the Strauss Center project on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS), a $7.6 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. He was also the principal investigator of a Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA), a 3-year $1.9 million project, also funded by the Department of Defense. He has also written on U.S.-China relations on climate change for CNAS, Resources for the Future, and the Paulson Institute.

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