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April 17, 2018

Category: Social/AwardsINSCT Graduation Ceremony

INSCT Graduation Ceremony
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Category: Presentation/LectureThe Egyptian Elections and the Arab Spring, with Kira Jumet

The Egyptian Elections and the Arab Spring, with Kira Jumet
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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

    • Mueller Trump Red Line

      Mueller Steps Towards Red Line with New Subpoenas (Bloomberg Law | March 16, 2018) William Banks, a professor at Syracuse University Law School, discusses a New York Times report that details new Subpoenas issued by special counsel Robert Mueller, including ones involving the Trump Organization, which the President has said he would see as a red line in the investigation. Plus, Jennifer Rie, a senior litigation analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, discusses new regulator concerns over Bayer’s planned $66 billion takeover of Monsanto after the Department of Justice voiced new antitrust concerns over the deal. They speak with Bloomberg’s June Grasso.…

    • Chinese Autonomous Shipping

      China Is Developing Ships to Cover the Globe Without Captains (Forbes | March 14, 2018) China ranks as the world’s third largest marine shipping country with a chance to become the world’s most dominant one by 2030. Even as commodity shipments have slipped with the slowdown in Chinese economic growth, container traffic from China to Europe and the U.S. west coast were picking up in 2016, market research firm IHS itime & Trade says. But someday you might not see any captains. Instead, remote-controlled ghost ships would send containers around the world and even work for the Chinese navy , according to news reports and the views of analysts.…

    • National Security Crisis Law Simulation

      From March 1-3, 2018, a team of College of Law and Maxwell School national security students—coached by Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) Director William C. Banks and Maxwell School Professor Sean O’Keefe—took part in the 2018 National Security Crisis Law Simulation at Georgetown Law. This year, the students competed not only with other national security law students from the US—including from Cornell, Fordham, New York University, and the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School—but also students from six Canadian universities, the Australian National University, and the UK. The INSCT team consisted of third-year J.D./M.P.A. students Conor Sullivan…

    • FISA Memo

      Democrats Release Nunes Memo Rebuttal (Bloomberg Radio | Feb. 26, 2018) William Banks, a professor at Syracuse University Law School, discusses the release of a memo written by Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee. The heavily redacted document was published in response to a memo written by the committee’s chairman, Devin Nunes. He speaks with Bloomberg’s June Grasso on Bloomberg Radio’s “Politics, Policy, Power and Law.”

    • LENS 2018 Logo

      INSCT Director William C. Banks was a co-discussant on the panel “Complexity and the Law of Armed Conflict” at the 2018 Duke University Center on Law, Ethics and National Security (LENS) Conference on Feb. 22-23, 2018. Banks was joined on the panel by Rita Siemion, International Legal Counsel, Human Rights First; Brig. Gen. Ken Watkin, former Judge Advocate General, Canadian Forces; and Professor Jeremy Rabkin of George Mason Law. INSCT alumna Erin Wirtanen (JD/MPA ’98), Chief Counsel for the Center for Cyber Intelligence, CIA, was moderator of the “Complexity and Cybersecurity” panel. Amb. Nathan A. Sales, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for…