Public Service & Policy Analysis

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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    • Maxwell School

      Gerald B. Cramer ’52, H’10, devoted friend, advocate, and generous benefactor of Syracuse University, died Feb. 13, 2018. Cramer, whose extraordinary philanthropy seeded opportunity for countless students and advanced faculty excellence, had served on the Board of Trustees since 1995 and was a Life Trustee at the time of his passing. Born in 1930, Cramer was a 1952 graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and remained deeply involved with his alma mater throughout his life. His dedication and impact were recognized with numerous University distinctions during that time, including a George Arents Pioneer Medal—the University’s highest alumni distinction—and…

    • 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…

    • Media & Atrocities

      Uncovering and communicating the truths about human conflict, human suffering, and human rights violations is a complicated but vitally important task that often falls to those who write the “first rough draft of history”—that is, journalists operating on the front lines of conflict zones or under cover. Training communicators to make sense of atrocity and humanitarian disaster was the motivation behind Media & Atrocities, an interdisciplinary course offered for the first time this semester at Syracuse University. The course was co-taught by David Crane, Professor of Practice at the Syracuse University College of Law and member of the faculty of the Institute…

    • Black Sites & Rendition

      NC Involvement in US Torture Program More Extensive Than Previously Known (Nov. 30, 2017) The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) uncovered new information concerning the depth of North Carolina’s involvement in US torture at a public hearing in Raleigh, NC, on Nov. 30, 2017. The new findings, produced in partnership with The Rendition Project, reveal that nearly 30% of all acknowledged CIA black-site prisoners –34 individuals — rendered from 2001-2006 were transported on planes that originated in North Carolina. The Senate torture report has detailed the abuse detainees were subject to at these CIA sites. Aero Contractors,…

    • Yazidi Genocide

      (Re-published from The Daily Orange | Nov. 28, 2017) Since August 2014, the Islamic State group — also known as IS — has targeted the Yazidi community in the Middle East, primarily throughout Syria. Yazidi men are murdered by the thousands and women are sold into sex slavery by the militants, according to the Syrian Accountability Project. Yazidi people are a Kurdish-speaking religious minority. The Syrian Accountability Project — established in 2011 at the Syracuse University College of Law — documents war crimes and crimes against humanity related to the Syrian crisis. The Daily Orange spoke with David Crane, an SU…

    • Black Sites & Rendition

      The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) will hold public hearings in Raleigh, NC, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2017, as a part of its ongoing investigation into how North Carolina’s state tax dollars and public resources may have been used to facilitate aspects of the CIA’s post-9/11 Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation (RDI) program, which potentially violated national and international laws. The 11-member panel of commissioners, which includes INSCT Affiliated Faculty Member David M. Crane, will receive testimony from a diverse lineup of scholars, military officers, legal experts, and those with firsthand experience and knowledge of the CIA’s torture program, including…

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