Understanding Interdisciplinary Responses to International Terrorism & Violent Extremisms

INSCT Graduate Student Research

Date: April 28, 2017
Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
Location: Hartmann Seminar Room (Dineen 436)

In partnership with Emory University, George Washington University, and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategic Partnerships with Colleges and Universities—and with feedback from state and federal policymakers—graduate students in the College of Law and Maxwell School will share findings from their research on international terrorism and violent extremism.

Topics include:

  • The role of the UN in crafting international counterterrorism policy.
  • Women’s leadership role in terrorist organizations.
  • The importance of anti-extremist K-12 educational programs, such as Holocaust and atrocity education.
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on what works in other settings (e.g., Israel, Egypt, Indonesia, Belgium, etc.).
  • The experience of vulnerable communities with CVE in the United States (e.g., Somali communities in Minnesota).
  • The challenge of implementing counterterrorist and counter-extremist laws and statutes.
  • The role of “hard” and “soft” power CVE mechanisms, including drones.

This capstone research has been developed under the guidance of INSCT Director of Research Corri Zoli and INSCT’s National Security and Counterterrorism Research Center (LAW 822), a working laboratory for contemporary national and international security law and policy challenges.

Graduate Student Contributions to Policy Solutions

Both professors William Banks and Corri Zoli were tapped by DHS as subject matter experts, along with Emory Law Professor Laurie Blank and George Washington Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Deputy Director Seamus Hughes, to provide recommendations to DHS Secretary John F. Kelly for improving strategic partnerships with colleges, universities, and the K-12 communities in fostering CVE-related academic research and programming. Students conducted the grounding research to develop these recommendations, which have been submitted to the DHS Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) and to Secretary Kelly.

DHS & Countering Violent Extremism

While the subject of important social science debate, DHS draws on federal law to define a “violent extremist” as “individuals who support or commit ideologically-motivated violence to further political goals,” and “violent extremism” as “an unpredictable threat from a range of groups and individuals, including domestic terrorists and homegrown violent extremists.”

On this issue, DHS’s priority is on countering violent extremism (CVE)—building stronger, safer, resilient communities; addressing all forms of violent extremism, regardless of ideology; and preventing violence by focusing not on radical thought or speech, but on educating communities about the threat of recruitment, radicalization to violence, and innovative community responses.

Much of this work has been initiated by the US Office for Community Partnerships, whose mission is to develop and implement a full range of partnerships to support and enhance efforts by key stakeholders to prevent radicalization and recruitment to violence by terrorist organizations. Engaging the higher education community is part of these efforts in preventing violent extremism and strengthening community partnerships for addressing violent extremism. The Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) and the Academic Subcommittee on CVE are designed to help leverage academic expertise for these efforts.

Covered in Dust, Veiled by Shadow: Siege & Destruction of Aleppo

Syrian Accountability Project Event
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 10 a.m-12 p.m
Location: Newhouse 3, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium
A white paper release, information session, and panel discussion on key crimes that happened during the Siege of Aleppo, Syria, and what is next for the city that fell in December 2016 and its people.

The Law of Conflict: International Law in a Combat Environment, with CPT Brian Cox

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Location: Cortland Lecture Hall (Dineen 340)

Lunch will be served
Co-sponsors: SATSA, INSCT

CPT Brian L. Cox is the brigade judge advocate (BJA) for the Division Artillery (DIVARTY) brigade of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY, a position he’s held since October 2015. As the BJA for DIVARTY, he is the primary legal advisor for the joint fires enterprise for the division. Before his current assignment, Cox was the trial counsel for 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Drum from March 2014 until October 2015. His additional duties at Fort Drum include serving as a Special Assistant US Attorney and as a field screening officer. Before coming to Fort Drum, Cox was an international and operational law advisor and chief of operational law for more than two years for the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, which included an 11-month combat deployment to Bagram, Afghanistan. Cox also served as a legal assistance attorney, administrative law attorney, and as a military magistrate while stationed at Fort Campbell. 


New Allies in an Ancient Conflict Zone: The Middle East of Today & Tomorrow, with Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Time: Noon
Location: Global Collaboratory (Eggers 060)
Part of the Carol Becker Middle East Security Speakers Series.

Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot (Res.) is former Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (2009-2014), where he helped identify and implement the Israeli Government’s civil policy in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip. Prior to this position, he was a military secretary to three ministers of defense (2004-2009); Home Front Command Chief of Staff (2001-2004); and Head of Organization Department, Planning Directorate, IDF General Staff (1999-2001). Dangot holds an MBA (2014) from Bar-Ilan University. He comes to SU courtesy of the Our Soldiers Speak program.




President Donald J. Trump’s Immigration Order & Travel Ban

SU Law Event

DATE: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
TIME: 12 PM – 2 PM
ROOM: Empire Lecture Hall, Dineen 440
SPONSOR: Syracuse Law  International Law Society 

Coffee and snacks will be provided.


  • Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Chair, Department of Political Science,
    Maxwell School
  • Ken Harper, Director, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement
  • Gary Kelder, Professor, SU College of Law
  • Andrew Kim, Associate Professor, SU College of Law
  • Stephen Pike, Assistant Professor, Newhouse School
  • Corri Zoli, Director of Research, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Israel’s Supreme Court Counterterrorism Jurisprudence: Mitigating Harm, But at What Cost? with Yuval Shany


WHAT: Israel’s Supreme Court Counterterrorism Jurisprudence: Mitigating Harm, But at What Cost?
WHERE: 360 Dineen Hall (Feinberg Lecture Hall)
WHEN: April 17, 2017 | 11:50 a.m.

Part of the Carol Becker Middle East Security Speaker Series

Professor Yuval Shany is Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law, Hebrew University. He also serves currently as a board member in the International Law Forum at the Hebrew University, a director in the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT), and a senior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute.

JNSLP Symposium 2017: The Border & Beyond

Journal of National Security Law & Policy 2017 Symposium

The Border and Beyond: The National Security Implications of Migration, Refugees, and Asylum under US and International Law

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 | Georgetown Law

In addition to three panels, the symposium will feature a lunchtime keynote speech by Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First, one of the nation’s preeminent human rights advocacy organizations.

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSclFTIhYVbMzFNC5BHRIuTWrGgBNte_dVzmzcSe4vL5i59i1w/viewform

Panel 1: Immigration, Homeland Security, and the Constitution (9:05 – 10:30 AM)

Panelists will engage in debate on various constitutional issues, such as the separation of powers and the protection of civil liberties, in the context of recent events in the US in which both migration and national security have been implicated.

Moderator: William Banks, Director, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University


  • Jen Daskal, Professor of Criminal, National Security, and Constitutional Law, American University Washington College of Law; former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, US Department of Justice
  • Lucas Guttentag, Professor of the Practice of Law at Stanford Law School; Founder and former National Director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
  • Marty Lederman, Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice’s Office Legal Counsel

Panel 2: The US Refugee and Asylum Legal Regime (10:35 AM – 12:00 PM)

Panelists will explore the current status of US asylum and refugee laws and how the screening processes factor into national concerns. The panel also will discuss the Trump Administration’s recent executive orders relating to border security and refugee policy in the US.

ModeratorJason Dzubow, Partner, Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC; Adjunct Professor of Asylum Law, George Washington University Law School


  • Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, HIAS, the oldest international migration and refugee resettlement agency in the US.
  • Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration; former Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee
  • Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland-College Park

Luncheon Keynote Address by Elisa Massamino, President & CEO, Human Rights First (12:30 PM – 1:05 PM)

Panel 3: Migration and Security Threats Abroad (1:15 PM – 2:40 PM)

Panelists will discuss the security implications of the refugee crisis in Europe and the potential legal obligations that the US might have under international law to assist its allies in handling the situation.

Moderator: David Stewart, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center


  • Bec Hamilton, Professor of National Security, International, and Criminal Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Karin Johnston, Professor of International Politics, American University School of International Service
  • A. Trevor Thrall, Senior Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy Department, Cato Institute; Associate Professor, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government
  • Mark Iozzi, Democratic Counsel, House Foreign Affairs Committee

A reception will follow the event.

Russia’s Military Resurgence: Ukraine, Syria, and Beyond, with Alexander Golts


WHAT: Russia’s Military Resurgence: Ukraine, Syria, and Beyond
WHO: Alexander Golts, journalist and Russian military expert
WHEN: March 7, 2017 | 3 p.m.
WHERE: Global Collaboratory | 060 Eggers Halls
SPONSORS: INSCT, Center for European Studies

Alexander Golts is one of Russia’s leading military analysts.  He is the deputy editor-in-chief of the Russian news and opinion website ej.ru and a columnist for The Moscow Times.  He is currently a George F. Kennan Fellow at the Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.   Previously he was a visiting  fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.   He has written widely on the Russian military and Russian security policy.



The Disconnect Between Cyber Policy and Technology, with Kamal T. Jabbour

DATE: Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
TIME: 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
PLACE: Cortland Lecture Hall (Dineen 340)

Open to the public

The disconnect between cyber policy and technology poses a serious national security threat. In this talk, we will examine national cyber doctrine and cyber policy, examine the flaws in the underlying assumptions, and discuss the technology gaps that characterize current policies.

kamal_jabbour_smallA member of the scientific and technical cadre of senior executives, Dr. Kamal T. Jabbour is a Senior Scientist for Information Assurance, Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate (Rome, NY). He serves as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the field of information assurance, including defensive information warfare and offensive information warfare technology. He conceives, plans, and advocates major research and development activities, monitors and guides the quality of scientific and technical resources, and provides expert technical consultation to other Air Force organizations, Department of Defense and government agencies, universities and industry.