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    • 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, and more. Bob has previously worked for the IDF Legal Division, the Foreign Ministry, and the Justice Ministry. He has been interviewed on and provided analysis to CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, ABC Radio (Australia), TRT Turkish TV, Sky News, Reuters, Russia Today, KABC Radio (Los…

    • 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…

    • 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…


  • News

    • Cora True-Frost Speaks About Countering Violent Extremism Efforts at ESIL

      SU College of LawAssociate Professor Cora True-Frost recently spoke at the 2017 Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL). She presented her upcoming publication, “What Happens to Human Rights When the United Nations Addresses the ‘Conditions Conducive to Terrorism’?” “The various organs and agencies of the United Nations have embraced state efforts to counter violent extremism.  The UN’s embrace has simultaneously opened opportunities for and created obstacles to its promotion of international human rights,” says True-Frost.  “This panel addressed the numerous new challenges in the fight against terrorism, with contributions on migration law, countering violent extremism law,…

    • “A Sea-Change of New Issues”: The Jerusalem Post Reviews 10 Years of New Battlefields/Old Laws New Battlefields/Old Laws

      ARMED ISIS CHILDREN CAN BE TARGETED, LEGAL EXPERTS SAY (The Jerusalem Post | Sept. 14, 2017) Though children have always had a protected status in war, armed ISIS children can be targeted under the laws of armed conflict, IDC Herzliya Professor Daphne Richemond-Barak told the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “If children are holding a gun then direct participation in hostilities rules apply to children… children might be targets and not just victims,” she said. Richemond-Barak and Syracuse Professor William Banks spoke to the Post in the midst of the International Institute of Counterterrorism Conference in Herzliya, discussing a range of…

    • “Managing Expectations”: Keli Perrin Discusses the Federal Response to Hurricane Harvey with Business Insider Federal Response

      Trump and his administration receive high marks for initial response to Hurricane Harvey — but the real test is only just starting (Business Insider | Sept. 2, 2017) Forecasters were near certain that Hurricane Harvey would be the most devastating storm to hit the continental US since Hurricane Katrina 12 years earlier. But even they could not have foreseen the level of rainfall that would blanket areas of southeast Texas — particularly around Houston. With rains in some areas exceeding 50 inches and flooding that put entire neighborhoods virtually underwater, the disaster will go down as one of the costliest in American…

    • “New Opportunities for International Justice”: David M. Crane Hosts the International Humanitarian Law Dialogues

      As a Director of The Robert H. Jackson Center, located in Jamestown, NY, INSCT Faculty Member David Crane, Founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, was on hand to open the International Humanitarian Law Dialogues on Aug. 27, 2017, at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. The annual event, now in its 11th year, gathers current and former international war crimes tribunal prosecutors, renowned academicians, and law experts to speak on current issues in international criminal law. The theme of this year’s Dialogues is “Changing Times: New Opportunities for International Justice and Accountability.” The event opened…

    • “Deal Very Carefully”: Robert B. Murrett Weighs US Options Regarding North Korea with Politico North Korea

      Trump’s tough talk does little to deter North Korea (Re-published from POLITICO | Aug. 29, 2017) Short of launching a military attack that would carry enormous risks, President Donald Trump has few military options at his disposal to back up his rhetorical assault against North Korea — as some arms control experts and members of Congress fear the president’s tough talk has only increased tensions. Indeed, North Korea’s latest provocation, following a large-scale U.S. military exercise, was seen by many as evidence that Pyongyang has responded to the president’s more bellicose approach than President Barack Obama’s, as well as new international sanctions,…