History of INSCT

The Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University was established in 2003 as a collaboration between SU’s College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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INSCT’s 10th Anniversary (2013)

Maxwell Perspective ArticleSU Law Magazine ArticleAbout INSCT (2010 Video)

“The legal fabric of security and counterterrorism is becoming more complex and substantial.”—William Banks, Director, INSCT
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We’re always looking for the next new
battlefield,” says Banks, one of the
nation’s pre-eminent experts in national
security law and author of the seminal
textbooks in the field. “We’re trying to
focus on what’s coming and stay out

Annual Reports

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One of the most noteworthy of INSCT’s accomplishments should probably be counted as three. Our certificates of advanced study in national security and counterterrorism law, security studies, and postconflict reconstruction are some of the most concrete measures of the Institute’s success. This year, we added 33 certificate holders to an alumni base of more than 600. Our alumni show us—by the strength of their community, the growth of their careers, and their continued support—that we are on to something.


During my time as Interim Dean, I traveled widely in the United States and internationally. I met with INSCT alumni, potential students, and colleagues at other universities, think tanks, and governments. I learned that INSCT’s reputation is strong and getting stronger, based on our broad recognition as a premier institute for the education of future national security practitioners and as go-to experts for legal and policy advice grounded in interdisciplinary research.


Interdisciplinarity is the hallmark of INSCT’s approach. Not only do we collaborate with dozens of cross-sector research parters, we offer a growing number of team-taught courses, in subjects ranging from national security law and policy, to cybersecurity, emergency management, and management of the smart grid.


Entering our second decade, INSCT continues to evolve as a nimble and firmly established center for interdisciplinary teaching; a magnet for timely and insightful research into our most challenging security problems; and a portal for public service to local, regional, national, and transnational governmental and nongovernmental agencies grappling with security and terrorism challenges on a daily basis.”—William C. Banks, Director, INSCT[/su_pullquote]

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When INSCT was founded in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, our primary focus was on immediate threats to the US, including al-Qaeda and the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ten years later, our academic and research agenda is broader and deeper because the legal and policy fabric of security and counterterrorism has become substantially more complex. In 2003, national security was seen as an extension of US military operations and defense strategy. Today, threats are diverse, may be kinetic or non-kinetic, and are interconnected across the domains of US governance.”
—William C. Banks, Director, INSCT
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