Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law’s Program on Security in the Middle East is a multi-part, international, interdisciplinary initiative that takes a cross-cultural approach toward understanding the historical and religious complexities; the political, economic, and social challenges; and the legal, policy, and military realities that impact the region.

The initiative’s mix of legal and social science research, immersive educational opportunities, and dialogue fostered through seminars and speaker series benefits students, academics, and practitioners alike. Law and graduate students engage with the issues via interdisciplinary coursework, simulations and practicums, and study abroad at SPL partner institutions in Israel and Palestine.

Graduate Study Abroad Program


SPL’s Program on Security in the Middle East is supported by alumni and friends who share the belief that facilitating direct student engagement with scholars, practitioners, and experts with first-hand experience of the complex issues facing the Middle East is the best way to create effective leaders.

SU alumnus, trustee, and SPL supporter Gerald B. Cramer ’52 first assisted SPL’s work on Security in the Middle East in 2005 by sponsoring an exchange program that provided SU graduate students the opportunity to study at the Interdisciplinary Centre’s International Institute for Counterterrorism (ICT) in Herzliya, Israel.

SU alumna Carol Becker ’76 showed her deep commitment to fostering dialogue and improving security in the Middle East with contributions, beginning in 2010, which have helped to expand the program by sponsoring a speaker series and offering additional study abroad fellowships.

Additional support has been provided by Carol Zeiger Raff ’54 and Harvey Raff ’54.