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    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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.

    • 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.


  • News

    • Russian Election Meddling

      H.R. McMaster says proof of Russian meddling in 2016 election is ‘incontrovertible’ (New York Daily News | Feb. 17, 2018) President Trump’s own national security adviser thinks there’s “incontrovertible” evidence of Russian efforts to undermine American democracy. H.R. McMaster’s blunt assessment Saturday — following an indictment charging more than a dozen Russians with illegal activity in the 2016 election — counters Trump’s claims that allegations of foreign efforts to sway the public in his favor were false. “As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain,” McMaster told a…

    • Paul Manafrt's Money Laundering Case

      Judge Lashes Out at Lawyers in Manafort Laundering Case (Bloomberg Law | Feb. 15, 2018) William Banks, a professor at Syracuse University Law School, discusses why the judge in the Paul Manafort money laundering case is complaining that there have been too many secret filings in the case. President Trump’s former 2016 campaign chairman and his deputy Rick Gates have been accused of failing to register as foreign agents for political consulting they did for Ukraine and pro-Russian politicians there. Plus, Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News Supreme Court reporter, discusses a group of Supreme Court justices who have emerged as consensus-builders…

    • FISA Court

      INSCT Director William C. Banks has long studied the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the FISA Court (or FISC), which was established under FISA in 1978. The FISA Court oversees requests, often by the FBI, for warrants to surveil foreign intelligence agents and, occasionally, US persons suspected of working with foreign agents. One such US person is former advisor to President Donald Trump, Carter Page, who is alleged to have long worked with Russia intelligence operatives and may have been under FISA warrant surveillance as early as 2014. The FISA warrants against Page, and the intelligence used to apply…

    • Nunes Memo

      READING BETWEEN THE LINES OF THE DEVIN NUNES MEMO (WIRED | Feb. 2, 2018) AFTER WEEKS OF Twitter users demanding Congress #ReleaseTheMemo, the House Intelligence Committee—chaired by Republican Devin Nunes—disclosed the contentious four-page report to the public Friday, after President Donald Trump signed off on its release. And while, as expected, the document alleges that federal law enforcement officials abused their surveillance powers in investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, national security experts see something very different. In fact, they see almost nothing at all—or at least not enough to make any definitive judgement calls. As had been rumored,…

    • The Founders

      Never before have international chief prosecutors written in detail about the challenges they faced, but with the publication of The Founders—co-edited by David M. Crane, Professor of Practice, Syracuse University College of Law; Leila Sadat of Washington University School of Law, St Louis, MO; and Michael P. Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, OH—comes the complex story of four individuals who created the world’s first international tribunals and special courts. A candid look at how the founding prosecutors sought justice for millions of victims, the backdrop to these tales are four of the most appalling conflicts of…