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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INSCT Policy Advisors

MONTGOMERY C. MEIGSJAMES B. STEINBERGMITCHEL B. WALLERSTEIN
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

    • “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…

    • “Journalism & International Justice”: David M. Crane Lectures at Chautauqua Journalism & International Justice

      (The Chautauquan Daily | July 17, 2017) In 2013, Charles Taylor, the former president of the West African nation Liberia, was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity for subjecting the people of Sierra Leone to murder, mutilation, rape and sexual slavery. Estimates vary, but it is believed that more than 50,000 people were killed, several hundred thousand were maimed or wounded and 2.5 million were displaced in a nation of 6 million during 11 years of conflict. Taylor is the only sitting head of state ever to be convicted on such…

    • Tara Helfman Appointed to DOJ Civil Rights Position

      INSCT Faculty Member and Associate Professor of Law Tara Helfman has been named Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the US Department of Justice (DOJ).   Helfman—who is currently serving as a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown Law—will commence work at DOJ headquarters in Washington, DC, this month   As a member of the Civil Rights Division, Helfman will defend the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans by upholding the Constitution and enforcing federal civil rights law. This prestigious appointment complements her extensive scholarship in constitutional law.  

    • “From the Farm to the Schoolhouse” with Catherine Bertini Farm to the Schoolhouse

      INSCT Faculty Member Catherine Bertini was recently interviewed for the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Nourishing Millions podcast series. In the episode, “From the Farm to the Schoolhouse,” Bertini explains how education is central to creating opportunities for girls and women as key players in the effort to end hunger and malnutrition … … we talk with Catherine Bertini, professor at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and 2003 World Food Prize Laureate, about the many challenges that face women living in low- and middle-income countries today. Professor Bertini details the role of women as the cooks and caregivers of…

    • Syracuse Law Associate Professor Nathan A. Sales Nominated to Lead US Counterterrorism Bureau

      The White House announced last week its intention to nominate Syracuse University College of Law associate professor Nathan Sales as the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism. Professor Sales previously served as deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security and as senior counsel in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy “Professor Sales’ experience serving in high-level government roles, his academic background and overall expertise in national security and counterterrorism make him a strong candidate for this important position,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “Professor Sales’ nomination is another instance of Syracuse University faculty playing important roles in…

    • William C. Banks Presents to NYCLA “National Security in a Cyber World” Course

      INSCT Director William C. Banks was one of the distinguished faculty at the June 16, 2017, New York County Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education Institute short course “Cyber Warfare, Fake News, Corporate Data Collection, Wikileaks, Hacks, and Immigration: National Security in a Cyber World.” The program informed members of the public, lawyers, corporations, and national security practitioners about the latest developments in the area of national security. Banks’ “conversation with the author” discussed his latest book, Soldiers on the Home Front. Other topics addressed in a busy schedule included: ‘The Refugee Threat to National Security: Real or Hyped? Are Cybersecurity…


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