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 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

    • Making the Unthinkable Understandable: David M. Crane, Ken Harper Create Media & Atrocities Course 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…

    • David M. Crane to Appear at NCCIT Public Inquiry into Black Sites & Rendition 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,…

    • Syrian Accountability Project Works to Document Ongoing Yazidi Genocide 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…

    • David M. Crane, Other NCCIT Commissioners to Further Explore North Carolina’s Role in US Torture Program at Public Hearings 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…

    • William C. Banks to Discuss “Fighting at the Legal Boundaries” During Georgetown Law Workshop

      INSCT Director William C. Banks—an expert on new battlefields, asymmetric warfare, enemy combatants, and other jus in bello issues in modern warfare—will be a discussant at the Georgetown Law Center workshop on “Fighting at the Legal Boundaries: Controlling the Use of Force in Contemporary Conflict.” The workshop addresses a book by Kenneth Watkin, QC, which offers a holistic approach toward the application of the various constitutive parts of international law and that reviews case studies on how international law addresses insurgents, terrorists, and transnational criminal gangs. The Nov. 17, 2017, workshop is sponsored by the Georgetown Law Center, Center of…

    • “Living Proof”: Syrian Accountability Project Publishes White Paper on the Yazidi Genocide Yazidi Genocide

      Crimes committed against civilians during war can be especially heinous, but when those crimes are committed with planned intent to destroy an ethnic or religious community, international law applies the unique label of “genocide.” It is not a charge used lightly by the international community, although in recent times it has been applied to crimes committed during the Bosnian War (1992-1995) and Rwandan Civil War (1994). Now, a white paper published by the Syracuse University College of Law-based Syrian Accountability Project (SAP) asserts that war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in 2014 against the Yazidi community by the Islamic…


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