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INSCT’s national security and counterterrorism experts have extensive practical experience engaging complex and evolving security issues. They have worked at the highest levels of government, law enforcement, and the military. They are regularly called upon to testify before Congress, the UN, and world governments; to appear in local, national, and international news forums; and to write reports for think tanks, law organizations, federal agencies, private sector firms, and non-profits. 
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Montgomery Meigs
Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs (Ret.), Distinguished Senior Policy Advisor
During a 35-year career in the US Army, Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs, US Army (Ret.) served as Commander, US Army Europe (1998-2002). For the first year of that assignment, he also served as Commander of SFOR, NATO’s peacekeeping force in Bosnia. He also led the 1st Infantry Division in its deployment, enforcing the Dayton Treaty in Bosnia (1996-1997). In addition, he was Commander of the US Army Combined Arms Center and Commandant of the Army’s Staff College (1997-1998). He also commanded the Iron Brigade of the 1st Armored Division in Operation Desert Storm and served as a Senior Strategic Planner for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon (1987-1990) with responsibility for the National War Plan. His decorations include the US Department of Defense’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Bronze Star with “V” Device, and the Purple Heart …
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James B Steinberg
James B Steinberg, Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
James B. Steinberg became the ninth Dean of the Maxwell School on July 1, 2011. He also holds the title of University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law.Steinberg is an internationally recognized expert in public affairs and foreign policy, most recently serving as US Deputy Secretary of State under former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to his appointment in the President Barack Obama administration, he served as Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs (2006-2009) and as Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC (2001-2005) …
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Mitchel B Wallerstein
Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein, President, Baruch College, City University of New York
Dr. Mitchel B. Wallerstein became the President of Baruch College, City University of New York in August 2010. Before this appointment, Wallerstein was Dean of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, from 2003-2010, where he also held an appointment as professor of Political Science and Public Administration.Before joining the Maxwell School, Wallerstein was Vice President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, IL, one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations. From 1998 to 2003, he directed the foundation’s Program on Global Security and Sustainability, which provides more than $85 million in grants each year for initiatives in international peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, population and reproductive health, human rights, and issues related to globalization …
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    • Need to Know: David M. Crane Explains Security Clearances & Classification with Spectrum Security Clearances

      Security Gaffes in the White House Cause Intelligence Expert Grave Concern (Spectrum | May 22, 2017) This is a special edition of SPECTRUM featuring intelligence expert, David Crane. The way President Trump is dismissive of “intelligence briefings” and makes disclosure decisions without prior consultation with intelligence experts causes grave concern to a long time security veteran. Recently, the news has focused on security gaffes in the White House. Some reports have said that President Trump gave the Russians intelligence information that was classified at the highest level of secrecy. It is reported, by Trump’s National Security Advisor, that he made…

    • Corri Zoli Helps WSTM Preview John Katko Town Hall Meeting

      WSTM (Syracuse, NY) preview of the Congressman John Katko Town Hall forum at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY on May 15, 2017. Corri Zoli’s clip starts at 11 m 51 s.

    • Tremendous Integrity: William C. Banks Discusses Robert Mueller’s Appointment with Bloomberg Robert_Mueller

      Robert Mueller Garners Bipartisan Support in New Role Former Massachusetts Governor and principal and ML Strategies William Weld and William Banks, director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse Law School, discuss the selection of Robert Mueller to lead the Justice Department investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential election. They speak June Grasso and Greg Stohr on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2017-05-18/robert-mueller-garners-bipartisan-support-in-new-role-audio

    • Detailed Record: Syria Deeply Interviews David M. Crane

      Collecting Evidence of War Crimes in Syria (Syria Deeply | May 18, 2017) The Syrian Accountability Project (SAP) at Syracuse University doesn’t know about weekends. “It’s a seven-day-a-week operation,” says project leader and law professor David Crane. The SAP team updates its extensive database constantly and provides quarterly reports to its clients, “which are the United Nations, the [U.S.] Office of the Legal Advisor, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as various countries,” he says. Since 2011 the SAP has been documenting war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria. “It’s…

    • David M. Crane Discusses His Intelligence Law & International Law Career With Spectrum

      Syrian War Crime Cases Prepped by US Attorney David Crane (Spectrum (WOUB Public Media) | May 17, 2017) World-renowned international lawyer and national security expert David Crane is heading the Syria Accountability Project to hold Syrian governmental and faction leaders accountable for thousands of verified war crimes. He and his group are building war crime cases and trial packages against Syrian government and faction leaders. To date, Crane’s group has verified over 8,000 pages of individual war crimes. Crane is building conflict maps and criminal law matrix to help international, national and local prosecutors in Syria try and convict war…

    • David M. Crane Receives Honorary Degree From Ohio University

       History Alum David Crane Receives Honorary Doctorate of Letters Ohio University alum David Crane, who earned a bachelor’s degree in History in 1972 and a master’s in African Studies in 1973, was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree at the Graduate Commencement on April 28. He earned a J.D. from Syracuse University in 1980 and is now one of the world’s international law experts. “My life, and all it is and has stood for, began here at Ohio University,” Crane said. “I learned the joy of learning; of standing up for what is right; to be a critical thinker; to become a leader…


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