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. 

INSCT Policy Advisors

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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  • Public Service News & Events

    • The Long Arm of International Law: David M. Crane Interviewed by British Forces Radio The Long Arm of International Law

      INSCT Affiliated Faculty Member David M. Crane was a guest on the British Forces Broadcasting Service program SitRep. Professor Crane discussed accountability for war crimes; the “long arm” of international law; the geopolitics of prosecuting crimes against humanity and war crimes; and whether or not the world will see a special tribunal for Basher al Assad, similar to one that is coming to an end for Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, who was indicted by the special International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for genocide, crimes against humanity, and numerous war crimes. Interview begins at 21:00.

    • “He Will Be Held Accountable”: David M. Crane Discusses Postconflict Justice for Syria on BBC Postconflict Justice for Syria

      Thousands hanged in Syria prison (BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight | Feb. 7, 2017) Amnesty report says government is behind the execution of thousands at a Syrian jail – we talk to a former detainee … (Professor Crane’s segment lasts from 6m55s to 12m40s).

    • End Assad’s Impunity: Syrian Accountability Project Cited by Times of London Assad’s Impunity

      Assad’s Bloody Basement: The Syrian dictator must be levered out of office and tried for his war crimes (Times of London | Feb. 7, 2017) On Monday and Wednesday nights, prisoners in Sednaya military jail in Syria are frogmarched from their cells, taken to a basement, tortured and, after a two-minute “trial”, are hanged. According to the latest report by Amnesty International, up to 50 people at a time have been put to death in this way. In a single prison, 13,000 have thus been systematically killed since the uprising began against the regime of Bashar al-Assad almost six years…

    • INSCT Staff, Faculty Join Maxwell Colleagues to Assess Trump Administration Trump Administration

      A national election—especially a presidential election—raises important policy questions and priorities, debated by the candidates, discussed by voters, and enacted by the new administration. More taxes or fewer? Embrace immigration or resist it? Pro-business or pro-environment? Free-market versus government regulation?  The list goes on and on. In every corner of the Maxwell School are experts on these topics. They lecture and write, and they are interviewed and quoted by the media. Presented below are recent clips related to the 2016 presidential election, the peaceful transition of power, and the new Trump Administration … Zoli discusses Trump’s immigration EO on…

    • What’s Next for Gorsuch? William C. Banks Explains the SCOTUS Nomination Process to TWC News SCOTUS Nomination

      Local Expert Explains What Could Be Next for President’s SCOTUS Nominee (TWC News | Feb. 1, 2017) Judge Neil Gorsuch is President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch will be vetted and reviewed by the Senate. He needs the votes of at least 60 Senators to be confirmed. “That requirement is not in the Constitution, but it’s one that Congress itself, the Senate has chosen to impose. It’s been that way for a long, long time,” said Syracuse University Law Professor William Banks. Banks says there’s a chance Republicans may try…

    • David M. Crane to Serve as Commissioner on North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture

      INSCT Affiliated Faculty Member David M. Crane, a resident of North Carolina, has agreed to serve as a Commissioner on the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT). NCCIT is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created to address the issue of North Carolina’s role in torture and rendition and to craft a model of accountability “that can inspire efforts elsewhere.” According to the NCCIT website, the state has been closely involved with extraordinary rendition efforts, such as the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation (RDI) program, which potentially violate national and international laws. The NCCIT writes that whether in the “black…

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