The next generation of national security professionals must engage some of the most important and challenging questions of our time, questions such as Must Americans compromise civil liberties to enable government surveillance of suspected terrorists? How does the US defend against (and respond to) cyber attacks on its homeland? How can the laws of war be applied to armed conflict against non-state actors? How does the rule of law guide strategies and tactics for responding to domestic threats and disasters?
INSCT’s interdisciplinary law and graduate academic programs—and their calibrated mix of academic research and real-world practice—are designed to give law and policy students the best possible theoretical and practical training as they prepare themselves for careers in national and international security, counterterrorism, international law, postconflict reconstruction, and cybersecurity.
Jointly sponsored by Syracuse Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, INSCT is led by Professor William C. Banks, an internationally recognized thought-leader in the field and a scholar who literally “wrote the books” on national security and counterterrorism law
In addition to its three certificates of advanced study—in National Security and Counterterrorism Law, Security Studies, and Postconflict Reconstruction (see below)—INSCT directs a study abroad program in Israel; supports student-run organizations (SATSA, Syrian Accountability Project, Impunity Watch); sponsors advanced graduate research; and runs an online cybersecurity course.
With tools shaped and honed at INSCT, alumni have secured positions in the US government (CIA, NSA, FBI, ODNI); international organizations (ICC, World Bank); US military (JAG Corps); and think tanks and consultancies (Booz Allen, Deloitte).
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