Graduate & Research Assistants

Each year INSCT hires highly motivated Syracuse University graduate students to serve as research assistants, directly supporting INSCT activities by researching new and developing national security and terrorism policy.


Oleksiy Anokhin

Oleksiy, a Ukrainian citizen, is a candidate in both SU Maxwell School’s EMPA and EMIR program, working on conflict studies and postconflict reconstruction. During the past five years, he has served as a senior public servant in Ukraine within several state bodies, including the Presidential Office, Parliament, Cabinet of Ministers, and Ministry of Justice. He earned a LL.M. from Taurida National University in Crimea.

Andrew Dieselman

Andrew is a joint JD/MPA candidate (2017) at SU Law and SU Maxwell School. He is also the Brady K. Howell Fellow for National Security Studies at the Maxwell School, where he assists Col. Bill Smullen (Ret.) to prepare executive level education programs attended by senior public and private sector leaders. From 2010 to 2014, Andrew was a US Army ROTC cadet.

Brittani Howell

A graduate of SUNY-Polytechnic Institute, SU Law student Brittani Howell is a Regional Desk Reporter for the Impunity Watch project at SU Law and an Assistant Editor for the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis.

Colin Tansits

Colin is a joint MPA/JD (2017) student at SU Law and SU Maxwell School. At SU Law, Colin has participated in the Syracuse Law Review and Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and is a Student Attorney at the Community Development Law Clinic, where he provides representation for not-for-profit organizations involved in improving low-income communities. He holds a BA in journalism from Temple University.