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    • National Security Policy & Law: Panel Discussion

      WITH 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…

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

      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.

    • Khoon diy Baarav (Blood Leaves Its Trail)

      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.

    • The ICC & the Israel/Palestine Conflict: Where Do We Go From Here?

      Yonah Jeremy Bob is a foreign affairs lecturer and Intelligence, Terrorism, and Legal Analyst for The Jerusalem Post. He has been speaking professionally since 2000 in the US, Canada, and Israel, addressing the peace process, security issues, Mossad, CIA and Shin Bet, Iran, war crimes allegations, BDS, cyber and drone warfare, politics, international law and war, the Israeli Supreme Court, and more. A lawyer in both Israel and the US, Bob has previously worked for the IDF Legal Division, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and the Israeli Justice Ministry. He has been interviewed on and provided analysis to CNN, BBC, Al…

    • Designing Coercive Institutions in Postconflict Settings, with Erica de Bruin

        “Designing Coercive Institutions in Post-Conflict Settings” will explore the trade-offs policymakers face in designing coercive institutions in the aftermath of conflict. In particular, it will show how aspects of security sector reform thought to reduce the likelihood that war resumes can inadvertently increase the risk of coups d’état, and identify concrete strategies to mitigate this risk.  Erica De Bruin is an Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College, where she studies international security and civil-military relations. Her research focuses on the dynamics of military coups, design of coercive institutions, and sources of civilian support for armed groups. It has been published in the Journal of…

  • News

    • William C. Snyder Quoted in Medium.Com InfoSec Article InfoSec

      OSINT isn’t Evidence, or Why InfoSec Needs To Take A Step Back (Re-published from | Dec. 4, 2017) The headline read “Feds Quietly Reveal Chinese State-Backed Hacking Operation.” But that headline is misleading because the indictment issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Western Pennsylvania didn’t name the Chinese government at all. It only named three employees of the Guangzhou Bo Yu Information Technology Company Limited (Boyusec). “The indictment makes no allegations regarding state sponsorship,” said Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle, who added that prosecutors only “included the allegations that we are prepared to prove in court with…

    • “Proceeding Methodically”: William C. Banks Updates Bloomberg Law on the RussiaGate Investigation

      Mueller Investigation Enters New Phase After Flynn Plea (Bloomberg Law | Dec. 4, 2017) Robert Ray, a former federal prosecutor & former Whitewater Independent Counsel, discusses Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea. Plus, Syracuse University law professor William Banks discusses comments by the President’s legal team, who say that a President cannot obstruct justice. They speak with Bloomberg’s June Grasso on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law” … MORE

    • William C. Banks Named Senior Fellow at Georgetown Law’s Center on National Security and the Law

      The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law has announce that William C. Banks has joined the Center as a Senior Fellow. “I am delighted to welcome Bill Banks to the Center,” says Center Director and Professor of Law Laura K. Donohue. “Bill’s scholarship has played a key role in defining the field of national security law. He has tremendous expertise, and we are privileged to have him join us at Georgetown.” A highly regarded and internationally recognized scholar and teacher, topics of Banks’ wide-ranging research include national security and counterterrorism law; laws of war and asymmetric warfare; drones and targeted…

    • “Call to Arms:” Corri Zoli Speaks to WTVH About ISIS’ Christmas Threats

      On Nov. 28, 2017, Director of Research Corri Zoli discussed the latest threats from Islamic State targeted at Christmas shoppers and festivals in the West, in places such as Germany, Italy, and New York City. Zoli reviewed images—”advertisements for death” and “calls to arms”—that ISIS is circulating and that were identified by Zoli’s research students. Zoli noted that devices designed to stop vehicles from harming pedestrians—a current favorite tactic of low-tech terrorists—are being deployed in cities, including in Syracuse, NY.

    • David M. Crane to Appear at NCCIT Public Inquiry into Black Sites & Rendition Black Sites & Rendition

      NC Involvement in US Torture Program More Extensive Than Previously Known (Nov. 30, 2017) The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) uncovered new information concerning the depth of North Carolina’s involvement in US torture at a public hearing in Raleigh, NC, on Nov. 30, 2017. The new findings, produced in partnership with The Rendition Project, reveal that nearly 30% of all acknowledged CIA black-site prisoners –34 individuals — rendered from 2001-2006 were transported on planes that originated in North Carolina. The Senate torture report has detailed the abuse detainees were subject to at these CIA sites. Aero Contractors,…