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    • Understanding Interdisciplinary Responses to International Terrorism & Violent Extremisms

      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…

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

      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.

    • Assad’s Chemical Attacks and the US Response: The Operational, Strategic, and Legal Context Syria_panel

      Panel discussion with: William C. Banks, Director, INSCT Robert B. Murrett, Deputy Director, INSCT James Steinberg, University Professor, Social Science, International Affairs, & Law

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

      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…

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

      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.      

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    • New Battlefields/Old Laws to Celebrate a Decade of Cutting-Edge Scholarship at World Summit on Counter-Terrorism New Battlefields/Old Laws

      At this year’s World Summit on Counter-Terrorism—Sept. 11-14, 2017, in Herzliya, Israel—INSCT will convene its 10th New Battlefields/Old Laws (NBOL) workshop. One of INSCT’s signature projects, NBOL has grown since 2007 into a wide-ranging series of workshops and publications that reexamine the application of centuries-old customs and laws of armed conflict in the age of asymmetric warfare.  Co-chaired by INSCT Director William C. Banks, the theme of this year’s New Battlefields/Old Laws 10th Anniversary Workshop is “Crisis Management in Times of Transition.” It will be a key event at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT) World Summit, one of the world’s…

    • Recusal & Accusal: Bloomberg Law Examines Trump’s Criticism of the Attorney General With William C. Banks

      Sessions on Hot Seat as Russia Investigation Goes On (Bloomberg Law | July 26, 2017)  Stephen Gillers, a professor at NYU Law School, and William Banks, director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University of Law, discuss the latest news in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. They also discuss President Trump’s changing positions on attorney general Jeff Sessions, and whether or not he will be able to keep his job. They speak with June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.”

    • The Enemy Online: The Future of Terrorism Resides Across the Internet The Enemy Online

      (Re-published from Maxwell Perspective | Spring 2017) National rhetoric surrounding terrorism and countersecurity focuses on ISIS and on immigration policy. But Maxwell experts say the real, day-to-day threat is far more insidious: disruptive transnational cyber attacks. “There couldn’t be a bigger assault on the United States than to try to undermine our democracy by changing who we select to be our leaders, whether it’s the presidency or a Congressional race,” says William C. Banks of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Banks is a pro-fessor of public administration and international affairs with a distinguished professor appointment in SU’s…

    • Under Surveillance: William C. Banks Speaks to WIRED About Kushner, Russia, FBI, & FISA under surveillance

      EVEN IF KUSHNER CAN’T RECALL HIS RUSSIA TALKS, THE FBI WOULD (WIRED | July 24, 2017) On Monday, President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the press that he did not “collude with Russia” or “know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.” In his prepared remarks for Congress, Kushner described several interactions he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, but also claimed to have no record or recollection of other conversations that have been previously reported by the media. Fortunately, investigators don’t need to rely on Kushner’s apparently…

    • Emergency Powers: William C. Banks Speaks on Brennan Center Roundtable emergency powers

      The Brennan Center for Justice convened an Emergency Powers Roundtable on July 21, 2017, to look at several aspects of the ability of the Executive Branch to act unilaterally in times of national security emergency, including during war, natural disasters, pandemic, riot, etc. Panels examined the constitutional history of emergency powers, when and how emergency powers can be deployed in the US, the “dangers” inherent in their use, and what reviews are available to avoid over-reach by the Executive Branch. Speaking in the first session—“Identifying the Danger Zones”—INSCT Director William C. Banks opened discussion on “Domestic Military Deployment.” Emergency Powers…