The World at Night: 21st Century Global Security Challenges, with ADM Eric Olson (Ret.)

DATE: April 15, 2019
TIME: Noon
LOCATION: 350 Dineen Hall, Syracuse University College of Law

Eric OlsonADM Eric Olson (Ret.) is a former Commander of US Special Operations Command and Four-Star Admiral Navy SEAL. He is now President of ETO Group, consulting on national security; an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; a Director of Iridium Communications; and a Director of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

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Elections, Violence, and Apathy: Crisis in the Congo, with Jason Stearns

Oct. 4, 2018
Eggers 060 (Global Collaboratory)

Jason Stearns is Director of the Congo Research Group at New York University and author of Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa. He obtained his Ph.D. from Yale University and has served in various roles for Congolese and international NGOs and the United Nations.

Jason Stearns

Part of the David F. Everett Postconflict Reconstruction Speaker Series

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Command and Control Doctrinal Challenges in the British Army, with Professor Gary Sheffield

Command and Control Doctrinal Challenges in the British Army: From the Trenches to the War on Terror

  • WITH: Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton
  • WHEN: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Eggers 151 (History Department Conference Room)

World War I saw the greatest challenge to military command and control the world had ever seen. A combination of factors produced a “wicked” problem that profoundly changed land warfare. There were no easy solutions, and generals in all armies struggled to adjust. In this lecture, Professor Gary Sheffield looks at the British army’s experience, examining topics such as command philosophies, doctrine, communications and coalition warfare, and gives brief case studies of command at Gallipoli in 1915 and Douglas Haig as Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) on the Western Front. He then looks at the same army from the Falklands War in 1982 to the present day, using the BEF’s experience to shed light on another period of dramatic transformation in C2.

Gary Sheffield is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He works primarily on the armies of Britain and the Empire in the era of the two World Wars, 1914 to 1945. His publications include Douglas Haig: From the Somme to Victory (2016) and Forgotten Victory—The First World War: Myths and Realities (2001). Sheffield has previously held Chairs at King’s College London, where he was Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff ­College, and the University of Birmingham. He began his academic career at the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

 Co-sponsors: Department of History & INSCT
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28th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference

INSCT Director James E. Baker and Professor Emeritus William C. Banks will represent the Institute at the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security’s 28th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference, taking place Nov. 1-2, 2018 at the Capitol Hilton in Washington DC.

This premier national security law conference includes panels focusing on vital topics, including:

  • Space Law: Issues and Progress
  • Legal Issues Confronting the Military National Security Law Community
  • The 4th Amendment, Surveillance and the Future, preceded by a special keynote luncheon address by Glenn Gerstell, General Counsel, National Security Agency
  • Reviewing Current Controversies Surrounding Security Clearances
  • Ethical Challenges of the National Security Lawyer: A Roundtable Discussion
  • Global Trade and National Security
  • The Movement of Individuals Across Borders and National Security
  • SCOTUS, GTMO, the FISC, and More: The Role of the Courts in Shaping National Security Law
  • Social Media: 2020
  • The Role and Duty of the National Security Lawyer: The Audience Responds

Judge Baker will host the panel on “The Role and Duty of the National Security Lawyer: The Audience Responds,” and Banks will moderate “SCOTUS, GTMO, the FISC and More: The Role of the Courts in Shaping National Security Law.” This panel also will feature discussants Amy Jeffress, Partner, Arnold & Porter; Mary McCord, Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Litigator from Practice, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Georgetown University Law Center; and the Hon. Reggie Walton, Senior Judge, US District Court for the District of Columbia.

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The Egyptian Elections and the Arab Spring, with Kira Jumet

Date: April 19, 2018
Time: Noon
Location: Global Collaboratory (Eggers 060)
Carol Becker Middle East Security Speaker Series

Kira Jumet is Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College. Her research focuses on protest mobilization leading up to and during the 2011 and 2013 Egyptian uprisings, including the relationship between emotions and protest participation. Her most recent book is Contesting the Repressive State: Why Ordinary Egyptians Protested During the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2017).

In her book Jumet asks, “Why and how did thousands of Egyptian citizens suddenly take to the streets against the Mubarak regime in January 2011?” With insights based on 170 interviews conducted in Egypt during the Arab Spring, she argues that individuals are rational actors and their decisions to protest or not protest are based on the intersection of three factors: political opportunity structures, mobilizing structures, and framing processes.

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To Fly or Not to Fly? What’s Next for Drone Regulation Within the United States, with Reggie Govan

Speaker: Reggie Govan, former Chief Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration

Date: Jan. 24, 2018

Time: Noon

Location: Cortland Lecture Hall (Dineen 340)

Reggie Govan, the former Chief Counsel of the FAA, played an integral role shaping public policy at the cutting edge of aviation technology, and he has a deep understanding of the impact of rapidly evolving innovative technology systems and operations on the regulatory environment. He is one of the architects of today’s regulatory framework for expanding commercial drone operations, ensuring counter-drone security, and expanding performance-based rulemaking.

Govan is an advocate for a comprehensive reconsideration of the relative roles of federal, state, local, and tribal governments and of private industry to support low-altitude commercial drone operations.

Before joining the FAA, Govan served for 14 years as a corporate counsel with responsibility for a broad range of compliance issues as well as a Counsel to committees in the US House of Representatives and Senate. He also is a seasoned litigator.

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National Security Policy & Law: Panel Discussion

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
Time: Noon
Location: Feinberg Lecture Hall (Dineen 360)


  • William C. Banks, Director, INSCT
  • W. George Jameson, Former Director, Office of Policy & Corporate Coordination, CIA*
  • Robert B. Murrett, Deputy Director, INSCT
  • Laurie Brown Hobart, Former Assistant General Counsel, US Intelligence Community, and Assistant Teaching Professor, SU College of Law

W. George Jameson is a consultant, attorney, lecturer, and author on matters relating to intelligence and national security operations, policy, and law. He founded Jameson Consulting to provide independent counsel and advice to corporate and government clients and others on matters relating to national and international security, operations and business development, risk management, mediation, and governance. Jameson also serves as an Adjunct Staff member at the RAND Corporation.

Jameson also is Chairman and President, Council on Intelligence Issues, a non-profit organization he co-founded to educate the public on intelligence and other national security issues and to provide information about legal resources to CIA and other intelligence officers who need assistance.

Jameson retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2009 after 33 years of Government service.  Awards include the CIA Director’s Award and Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. As the CIA’s first Director of the Office of Policy and Corporate Coordination, Office of the CIA Director (2006-2009), Jameson established an integrated capability to address interagency national security policy matters, and he led CIA efforts on revision of Executive Order 12333 governing intelligence. 

He previously served as the Senior Counsel for Intelligence Community Affairs in the CIA’s Office of General Counsel (2005-2006), advising on intelligence reform and implementation. 

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Countering Terrorism (and Russia) in the Age of Trump, with Eric Schmitt

DATE: Oct. 2, 2017
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Eggers Hall Rm 220 (Strasser Legacy Room)
Reception to follow.
A lecture sponsored by The Howard and Louise Phanstiel Chair and co-sponsored with the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism; Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media; and Campbell Public Affairs Institute.

Eric Schmitt is a Pulitzer Prize Winning journalist covering terrorism and national security for The New York Times. Since 2007, he has reported on terrorism issues, with assignments to Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Africa, Southeast Asia, among others. He is the co-author, with The Times’s Thom Shanker, of Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda, published in 2011.

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Khoon diy Baarav (Blood Leaves Its Trail)

A screening with film-maker Iffat Fatima. Q&A to follow.

Date: Oct. 4, 2017

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Global Collaboratory (Eggers 060)

David F. Everett Postconflict Reconstruction Speaker Series

Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (David F. Everett Postconflict Reconstruction Speaker Series)

The conflict in Kashmir is among the long-standing political conflicts in the world. It has taken a heavy toll on lives, on sanity and on the idea of normalcy. The film Khoon Diy Baarav made over nine years, enters the vexed political scenario in Kashmir through the lives of families of the victims of enforced disappearances. It explores memory as a mode of resistance, constantly confronting reality and morphing from the personal to the political, the individual to the collective.

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