INSCT Research and Practice Associates bring additional academic and practical subject matter expertise to INSCT. They engage in collaborative projects, teach, and share their original research and practitioner perspectives. Often located at other institutions, associates share INSCT’s commitment to interdisciplinary education, research, and public service.
Nicholas J Armstrong

Nicholas Armstrong G’14

Institute for Veterans and Military Families at SU

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Dr. Nick Armstrong is senior director for research and policy at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. As principal of the IVMF research mission area and member of the Institute’s senior leadership team, he guides the Institute’s overall efforts to conduct, facilitate, and disseminate research that informs and empowers stakeholder decision-making on veterans- and military family-related policies and programs.

Before joining the IVMF,  Armstrong was a research fellow with the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), an interdisciplinary center co-sponsored by Syracuse University’s College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. There he led projects on various security topics including security sector reform, wartime contracting, postconflict reconstruction, and community resilience. He also led the development and directed INSCT’s graduate-level certificate program in postconflict reconstruction. Armstrong remains affiliated with INSCT as a Research and Practice Associate and with the Canadian Centre for Security Governance as a Non-Resident Fellow. Armstrong was previously a fellow with the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the US Army War College (2010-2012). His work and scholarship have been featured in a range of academic and media outlets including the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Homeland Security Affairs, Small Wars Journal, National Defense University, US Army Strategic Studies Institute, The New York Times, The Washington Times, and The Huffington Post.

A US Army veteran, Armstrong served for seven years (2000-2007) as a commissioned field artillery officer, including nearly three years deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia. Armstrong held several leadership and staff positions at the platoon, battery, and battalion levels. He also served as speechwriter to the 10th Mountain Division commanding general and, previously, aide-de-camp to the division’s deputy commanding general. Armstrong’s military awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Combat Action Badge.

Armstrong is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point (B.S.) and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (Ph.D., M.P.A.). His avocational pursuits include serving as the volunteer veteran outreach director and competing in endurance events for the Syracuse chapter of Team Red, White, and Blue, a non-profit organization that enriches veterans’ lives through physical and social activity.

Jeff Breinholt

Jeff Brienholt

US Department of Justice

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Jeff Breinholt has been an attorney with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) National Security Division since 1990. In 2008, he joined the International Assessment and Strategy Center for a one year appointment as Senior Fellow and Director of National Security Law. Before these appointments, Breinholt joined the DOJ’s Tax Division in 1990 and spent six years as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the District of Utah before joining the DOJ’s Counterterrorism Section. He then became Deputy Chief of the Counterterrorism Section and head of the DOJ’s terrorist financing enforcement program. He also has served as the Director of National Security Law at the International Assessment and Strategy Center; as the Regional Antiterrorism Coordinator for the western and Pacific states; and as a trial attorney in the Counterterrorism Section’s International Terrorism Branch.

In 2003, Breinholt was honored with the US Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of US National Security for his work in crafting creative legal theories that resulted in the initiation of several important prosecutions in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Breinholt is a frequent lecturer on law enforcement and intelligence topics and is the author of two monographs: Counterterrorism Enforcement: A Lawyer’s Guide (DOJ Office of Legal Education 2004), and Taxing Terrorism from Al Capone to Al Qaida: Fighting Violence Through Financial Regulation (International Assessment and Strategy Center, 2005). He holds a B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Jake Conway

LTC John A. “Jake” Conway

US Army

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Jake Conway most recently served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence (G2) for the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY (June 2007 to August 2009). He was an INSCT Military Fellow in Fall 2009. From May 2008 to May 2009, Conway deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as the Multi National Division-Center G2 (later reflagged as the Multi National Division-South). Before this appointment, Conway served as S2 for 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, from February 2005 to September 2006. From August 2005 to August 2006, Conway deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as a Task Force S2 in Baghdad.

Prior assignments have included serving as the Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer for the 314th Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion, 470th MI Brigade, San Antonio, TX from 2002 to 2004. He was assigned to the US Army Intelligence Center at Ft. Huachuca, AZ from 1998 to 2001, where he served as Aide-De-Camp and Executive Officer to the Commanding General and Secretary of the General Staff. From 1993 to 1997, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, where he served as Deputy G2 Plans Officer, S2 for the 3-14th Infantry Battalion, and MI Company Commander. During this period, Conway deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Uphold/Maintain Democracy where he served as a Task Force S2. While stationed at Fort Richardson, AK, from 1989 to 1993, he served as an Airborne Fire Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer, Executive Officer, Support Platoon Leader, and Battalion Plans and Operations Officer.

Conway was commissioned in 1989 after graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC Program at Penn State University. His civilian education includes a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law from Penn State University and a master’s degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. Military schools completed by Conway include the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Officer Advance Course, Signals Intelligence Officer Course, the Post-Graduate Intelligence Program, Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, Information Operations Course, G2 Course, and DA and MI Pre-Command Courses.


Morgan Courtney

US Agency for International Development

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Morgan Courtney is Alliance Builder, Public-Private Partnerships at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Before this appointment, she was Asia Stability Officer in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the US Department of State (DOS), where she managed the East Asia portfolio, including preventive diplomacy efforts related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the Burma (Myanmar) Engagement Lead at the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at DOS, where she managed a team of conflict specialists in the field and in Washington, DC focusing on peace, conflict, and reconciliation in Burma.

A conflict specialist with extensive experience in development, Courtney has worked on Darfur policy at DOS for the Office of the US Special Envoy to Sudan and worked at a Congolese refugee camp near the Rwanda/Democratic Republic of Congo border for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She also has worked as an Afghanistan research analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she co-authored “In the Balance: Measuring Progress in Afghanistan,” with US Ambassador Rick Barton. In addition, she served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, and helped to re-establish Peace Corps’ operations in Rwanda.

Other of Courtney’s appointments include work on health and environment issues at the US Embassy and US Agency for International Development in Indonesia; on reconstruction priorities following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti for the United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti; and on HIV/AIDS for the Clinton Foundation in Burundi.

Courtney speaks French fluently and is conversant in Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, and Bahasa Indonesia. She received her B.A. with honors in International Relations and French from Wellesley College and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

David M. Crane L’80

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A former Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law, David M. Crane retired from the faculty in August 2018. He is currently a College of Law Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

Before entering academia, Crane served in the US government for more than 30 years, as the Director of the Office of Intelligence Review, Department of Defense Inspector General; Assistant General Counsel for the Defense Intelligence Agency; and as Waldemar A. Solf Professor of International Law at the Judge Advocate General’s School, US Army. From 2002 to 2005 Crane served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal.

Crane is the author of numerous scholarly articles on international criminal law and national security, and he lectures and speaks throughout the world on the rule of law. He holds a J.D. from the College of Law and a Doctor of Law degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Evan Criddle

Evan Criddle

William & Mary Law School

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Evan Criddle is Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School and a former Associate Professor of Law in the SU College of Law. He teaches and writes in the fields of public international law, administrative law, international human rights, refugee law, and civil procedure. His current research focuses on the theoretical foundations of international human rights law, due process in administrative law, and the legal and political dynamics of forced migration.

Criddle’s publications have appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, Texas Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Human Rights Quarterly, and Legal Theory. Criddle received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as essays editor of the Yale Law Journal and articles editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. Prior to joining SU College of Law, he clerked for the Hon. J. Clifford Wallace of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and spent several years at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, representing foreign sovereigns, multinational corporations, and political refugees.

Criddle has presented his research at various conferences, workshops, and symposia, including the inaugural Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law and the annual meetings of the American Society of International Law, the Canadian Political Science Association, and the European Society of International Law. Since 2009, his research has been supported by generous grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.


T. Michael Davis L’94, G’94

Scandia-Germania-Davis, PLLC

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For the past few decades, T. Michael Davis has had a rare up-close, first-hand view into Nordic and European Union (EU) politics and policy and European-American relations, from which he has gained unique insights into the governments, institutions, cultures, and markets of the Nordic and Central European countries.

During this time, his major activities in the area of public and international affairs have included extensive research, analysis, and private advising on topics ranging from issues of domestic Nordic and American politics to Nordic/EU relations, diplomacy, national security, immigration, integration, counter-terrorism, radicalization and extremism, Nordic-Middle Eastern relations, energy and intellectual property-based high-tech trade, and international comparative public policy.

Out of law school, Davis began his career with the New York area offices of Føyen & Partners (now Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen), a law firm based in Oslo, Norway, with a sister office in Stockholm, Sweden. There he assisted some of Scandinavia’s largest publicly traded companies as well as innovative start-up companies in international business, corporate, litigation, and intellectual property matters. In 2003 he formed his own boutique law firm, Scandia-Germania-Davis, PLLC, focusing on these practice areas—and government relations as well.

Davis’ experiences internationally have been extensive, both personally and professionally.

He was invited by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland to be a Member of its Working Group for Arbitration and Expedited Mediation for Film and Television (2009), was a contributor to the founding of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and, in the same year, he joined the WIPO list of authorized neutrals for the mediation and arbitration of international commercial and intellectual property disputes.

Also in Geneva, on the NGO side, while still at Syracuse University, at the International Red Cross’s Institute Henry-Dunant he edited and finalized the treatise Health and Humanitarian Concerns: Principles and Ethics—Guidelines for Red Cross/Red Crescent Health Professionals (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1994), which remains a valued resource in its field.

He has previously served as Chairman of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s International Business Law Section, as Chairman of the Board of the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce (SACC)-Minnesota and, for part of that time, as secretary within the D.C.-based national organization, SACC-USA, which, at the time, was the second largest foreign-American chamber of commerce in the United States. Davis has also served the Royal Norwegian Consulate’s Business Advisory Board.

Nominated in 2013 to his state’s chapter of the American Committees on Foreign Relations, from late 2009 he also acted as an independent, non-partisan advisor on Northern European and EU issues to a current Member of Congress and advised on Nordic and Middle Eastern political matters to Members of Parliament, diplomats, and candidates for national office, at home and abroad.

Once a student at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden, and an awardee of a Fulbright teaching assistantship in Mattersburg, Austria, he earned a double major B.A. in Scandinavian Languages and German, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Minnesota (’90) before going on to earn his M.P.A. from the Maxwell School and a J.D. with a Certificate in International Law from the Syracuse University College of Law (‘94).

Davis is admitted to practice law in New York, Minnesota, and New Jersey.

Richard Falkenrath

Richard Falkenrath

The Chertoff Group

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Dr. Richard A. Falkenrath is a Principal with The Chertoff Group, where he advises clients on a broad array of homeland and national security issues relating to counterterrorism, law enforcement, physical and digital network security, and risk management. In addition, he is a contributing editor at Bloomberg News; a Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the Director’s Review Committee of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and the Aspen Strategy Group. Falkenrath served as the Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism at the New York City Police Department (NYPD) from 2006 to 2010. In this capacity, he was responsible for the strategy, policy, and operations of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau, where he managed approximately 350 uniformed and civilian personnel and implemented new security measures throughout the city.

Reporting directly to the NYPD Police Commissioner, Falkenrath oversaw the full implementation of the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, an award-winning $250 million technology-based security program designed to increase domain awareness and detection of threats in Manhattan; the Joint Terrorism Task Force; the city-wide Counterterrorism Coordinators initiative; the NYPD Counterterrorism Division; and the Terrorism Threat Analysis Group, a cadre of highly educated civilians whose analytic products augmented the efforts of uniformed personnel. Falkenrath began his career at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. From 1993 to 2000, was first a postdoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs before becoming Executive Director and an Assistant Professor of Public Policy.

In December 2000, Falkenrath joined the President George W. Bush Transition Team, where he was involved in preparing for the transition within the National Security Council. Immediately after the Presidential Inauguration in January 2001, he joined the White House staff, where he served until May 2004. In the Bush administration, Falkenrath initially was Director for Proliferation Strategy on the National Security Council staff, where he was responsible for biological weapons proliferation and preparedness, missile defense, and Asian proliferation issues. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, he became Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Policy and Plans within the US Office of Homeland Security. In January 2003, Falkenrath was promoted to Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor. In these roles, he was responsible for developing and coordinating homeland security policy and law and counterterrorism threat assessment and response. He was the principal author of the National Strategy for Homeland Security and was centrally involved in the stand-up of the US Department of Homeland Security, the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (the predecessor to today’s National Counterterrorism Center), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Terrorist Screening Center.

After leaving the White House, Falkenrath became the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, as well as an advisor for the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection campaign; a security analyst at CNN; and a Managing Director at the Civitas Group LLC, a strategic advisory and investment firm.

Falkenrath is a summa cum laude graduate of Occidental College, with degrees in Economics and International Relations. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, University of London, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. He is the author or co-author of Shaping Europe’s Military Order (MIT Press, 1995), Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy (MIT Press, 1996), and America’s Achilles Heel: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack (MIT Press, 1998), as well as numerous journal articles, chapters, and op-ed articles.

Paul Finkelman

Paul Finkelman G’71

Albany Law School

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Paul Finkelman (G ’71) is the President William McKinley Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Government Law Center at Albany Law School. Prior to joining the faculty at Albany Law, Finkelman served as Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Before that, he held the John F. Seiberling Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Akron’s Law School, as well as chairs at Cleveland State University Law School and the University of Miami. He has taught at a number of other law schools and in history departments.

A specialist in American legal history, constitutional law, race and the law, and first amendment issues, Finkelman is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books, as well as numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Some of his books include Constitutional Law in Context (Carolina Academic Press, 2006); American Legal History: Cases and Materials (Oxford University Press, 2005); Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown (Ohio University Press, 2005); Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court (CQ Press, 2003); Library of Congress Desk Reference to the Civil War (Simon & Schuster, 2002); and A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States (Oxford University Press, 2002). Finkelman holds a B.A. in American Studies from Syracuse University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in US History from the University of Chicago.

Kerry Fosher

Kerry Fosher G’05

Marine Corps Training and Education Command

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Kerry Fosher (G ’05) is a cultural anthropologist who focuses on social construction of security, particularly interagency process and change among security organizations. She is the Director of the Translational Research Group within the Marine Corps Training and Education Command’s (TECOM) Culture Center. The group’s mission is to integrate sound social science into Marine Corps discussions across a range of problem sets. She leads an interdisciplinary team of social scientists who conduct field research on topics including resilience, culture training and education, ethics, military culture, and the consumption of science in defense organizations. In this position, she continues her efforts to make military organizations’ culture initiatives more flexible. Prior to moving to TECOM, Fosher held positions as the first Command Social Scientist for Marine Corps Intelligence Activity; Director of the Cross-Cultural Competence Project at Air University, which became the Quality Enhancement Plan for the university’s reaccreditation; Research Assistant Professor at Dartmouth Medical School’s emergency preparedness and homeland security center; and Fellow at the Belfer Center in the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Fosher has served on the American Anthropological Association’s Commission examining the ethical implications of engagement with national security organizations, and she continues this work on an advisory board to the association. Prior to her work with the military and intelligence communities, her research focused on US homeland security, including more than two years of anthropological fieldwork among planners and responders in the Boston area following the attacks of 2001.

Fosher is the co-editor of Practicing Military Anthropology: Beyond Expectations and Traditional Boundaries. (Kumarian Press, 2012) and author of Under Construction: Making Homeland Security at the Local Level (University of Chicago Press, 2008). She holds a B.S. in Organizational Communication; a B.A. in Social and Biological Anthropology; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Scott Glabe

Scott Glabe

US Navy Reserve

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Scott Glabe is a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the US Navy Reserve. He has previously worked at the Center for National Security Law and the White House. His primary research interest is the intersection between the law of war and contemporary armed conflict, and his articles have appeared in the Army Lawyer, American Intelligence Journal, and the Virginia Journal of International Law Online. Glabe holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University.

Randall Griffin

Randall Griffin

Georgetown University/Syracuse University

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Randall Griffin is an adjunct faculty member in SU’s Department of Public Administration and a professor in the Emergency and Disaster Management Executive Master’s Degree Program at Georgetown University. Over the last 25 years Griffin has dedicated himself to the fire service and to public safety. He has been a Training Officer, Health and Safety Officer, and Director of Medical Operations for the DeWitt, NY Fire District, for which he serves as Station Commander. From 2005 to 2011 Griffin was detailed to the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in Washington, DC, where he was senior state and local liaison and principal division point of contact to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Griffin’s emergency management experience includes work in operation centers for the 1998 Northern New York Ice Storm and the 1998 Onondaga County Labor Day Storm. While on detail to the Department of Homeland Security, he was deployed as a member of Arizona Task Force-1, one of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams for Hurricane Rita. He also was stationed in California during the 2007 wildfire season, working in the Joint Field Office and State Operations Center and with local officials in Orange County. Among Griffin’s awards is a citation of valor in the rescue of an adult male from a residential building fire.

Griffin holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He serves on several national boards, including the US Attorney General-sanctioned Inter Agency Board for Equipment Interoperability and Standardization.

Matthew Hidek

Matthew Hidek G’09

Cazenovia College

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Matthew Hidek (G ’09) is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Cazenovia College, NY. He is an Army veteran and former US Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism analyst. Hidek holds an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Social Science from SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His doctoral dissertation, funded by the National Science Foundation, critically examined the impact of military doctrine and technologies on urban surveillance systems in New York City. Other research interests include disaster preparedness, geospatial intelligence, hazard mitigation planning, and urban security.

Robert Kanter

Dr. Robert Kanter (G ’83)

SUNY-Upstate Medical University

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Dr. Robert Kanter (G ’83) is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Critical Care and Inpatient Pediatrics at SUNY-Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. He also serves as an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Syracuse’s University Hospital and participates in the hospital’s emergency preparedness planning. Additionally, he is physician advisor for regional and statewide disaster preparedness for the Children’s Advisory Committee of the New York Department of Health.

Kanter’s health services research investigates the matching of children’s acute health care needs and existing hospital resources in routine daily use and in major emergencies. He earned his M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. in Public Administration at SU’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Dr. Kanter’s faculty webpage at SUNY Upstate 

Isaac Kfir

Isaac Kfir

Director, National Security Program, and Head, Counterterrorism Policy Center, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

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A former Visiting Professor of Law at SU Law and INSCT Faculty Member, Isaac Kfir’s research is situated within the field of political and conflict transformation. He is specifically interested in security issues and postconflict reconstruction in relation to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Greater Middle East. He examines the development of terrorism in the region, how transitional justice—restorative and retributive justice—can aid in ending tensions and the role of gender in the reconstruction process. Other research investigates how international organizations address the threat posed by Islamic (jihadi-based) terrorist organizations and how the international refugee law and policy regime took shape and is evolving.

Michael Innes

Michael Innes

Thesiger & Company

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Michael A. Innes is founding director of Thesiger & Company, a research and advisory firm based in London, UK. He has been researching or working on various aspects of international affairs, political communication, and armed conflict for the last 18 years. From 2003-2009 he was a civilian staff officer with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), serving at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium and on operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Between 1994 and 2004 he served in various army units. Innes has been a lecturer in the School of Public Policy at University College London and has honorary affiliations with universities in both the US and UK, as a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds, since 2006, and as a Research and Practice Associate at INSCT, since 2007. His doctoral research, initially at University College London and now at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, deals with risk, communication, and militant sanctuary practices.

Innes has published widely on a variety of subjects, including op-eds on NATO and Afghanistan in Foreign Policy and CNN; research articles, review essays, and book reviews in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Small Wars, and SAIS Review; and reporting and analysis on current affairs in Jane’s Intelligence Review and the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor. He is the editor of three books: Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates, and the Use of Force (Potomac Books, 2012); Denial of Sanctuary: Understanding Terrorist Safe Havens (Praeger, 2007); and Bosnian Security after Dayton: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2006).

Jed Ipsen

Jed Ipsen

Brookings Institution

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Jed Ipsen is a Brookings Institution LEGIS Fellow assigned as Professional Staff, US Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Ipsen also serves as a Research Associate at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. His research agenda focuses on the establishment of federal programs to cut off terror financing. Additionally, he is Associate Director of the Caux Roundtable, a group that looks into illicit financial flows among key stakeholder groups.

Ines Mergel

Ines Mergel

University of Konstanz, Germany

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A former INSCT Faculty Member, Ines Mergel’s research focuses on informal social networks and the diffusion and adoption of technologies in the public sector. She received a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen Institute of Management, Switzerland, where she studied Information Management. Mergel also studied Business Economics at the University of Kassel, Germany and at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Dan O'Shea

CDR Dan O’Shea

US Naval Reserves

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Commander Dan O’Shea is a qualified Navy SEAL officer and Commander (O-5) in the US Naval Reserves assigned to US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Naval Reserve Detachment. Following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, O’Shea served as a Special Operations Command CENTRAL (SOCCENT) liaison and staff planning officer assigned to the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) headquarters in Tampa and Qatar during the wartime planning and execution of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In July 2004, O’Shea established and served as Coordinator of the Hostage Working Group (HWG), at the US Embassy in Baghdad Iraq until April 2006. HWG was the US Mission’s primary planning facilitator, intelligence fusion node, and coordinating element for all hostage-taking incidents in Iraq.

O’Shea was directly involved at the strategic and tactical level in the US/Coalition response to every major international kidnapping case. O’Shea was selected by the President of the Navy League of the United States to receive the 2007 Meritorious Citation, the organization’s highest award given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the improvement of national security, one of only five presented annually.

An adjunct lecturer at Joint Special Operations University, O’Shea received a 2010 fellowship to write Combating Hostage Terrorism. He is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies based in Washington, DC. He is a 1991 graduate of the US Naval Academy and holds a Master’s degree from the University of San Diego in Executive Leadership.

Alisdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts

Suffolk University Law School

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Alasdair Roberts is the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Constitution Unit, School of Public Policy, University College London. From 2001 to 2008, Roberts taught at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and from 1990-2001, he taught in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, Canada.

Roberts has two research interests: public sector restructuring and transparency in government. In 2005 he received the Johnson Award for Best Paper in Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector. His book Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age (Cambridge University Press, 2006) received the 2006 Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration, the 2007 book award from the Section on Public Administration Research of the American Society for Public Administration, the 2007 Best Book Award of the Academy of Management’s Public and Nonprofit Division, and the 2007 Charles Levine Memorial book Prize of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on the Structure of Governance.

Roberts is a member of the Board of Editors of Administration & Society, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, Governance, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, International Public Management Journal, International Review of Public Administration, Revue Gouvernance, Open Government, and freedominfo.org.

Roberts received a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.


Kamil A. Szubart

Institute for Western Affairs

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Kamil A. Szubart was a 2017 visiting fellow at INSCT, via the Kosciuszko Foundation. He works as an analyst for the Institute for Western Affairs in Poznan, Poland, where he is responsible for German foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, Islamic threats in German-native-speaking countries and topics related to NATO, CSDP, OSCE, and the UN. Currently, he is working on a doctoral dissertation examining US-German relations in the field of international security since 9/11.

Szubart holds a double master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the University of Warsaw, Poland. He also earned his postgraduate studies in Crisis Management at General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Military Academy of Land Forces in Wroclaw, Poland.

After completion his education in Poland, Szubart continued his education in Germany (Free University Berlin, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Heidelberg University, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Austria (the University of Vienna), where he studied international relations and international law as well as conducted his research on Islamic terrorism.

Szubart’s international security experience includes work and internships at the Foundation Amicus Europae in Warsaw (established by former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski); the National Security Bureau in Warsaw (BBN); the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations Office and International Organizations in Vienna (OSCE Section); and the Austria Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) in Vienna.

David Tal

David Tal

University of Calgary

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David Tal is the Kahanoff Chair in Israel Studies and a professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary. He is an expert in the history of the Middle East as well as nuclear proliferation and disarmament.

Tal is a member of the Israeli Military History Association’s Board, and he has served as an advisor to the Military and Diplomatic Studies Program at the Graduate School of History at Tel-Aviv University. He is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including the Kennedy Library’s Arthur Schlesinger Fellowship.

Tal has published several books, including War in Palestine, 1948: Strategy and Diplomacy (Routledge, 2004); The 1956 War: Collusion and Rivalry in the Middle East (Frank Cass, 2001); and Israel’s Conception of Current Security: Origins and Development 1949-1956 (Be’er Shevea University Press, 1998); and The American Nuclear Disarmament Dilemma, 1945-1963 (Syracuse University Press, 2008).


Brian M. White  G’04

The Chertoff Group

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Brian White (G ’04) leads the global advisory services business for The Chertoff Group. In this capacity, Mhe works with a wide range of clients that are seeking a new strategic direction to achieve growth objectives in government and critical infrastructure markets. He also leads the San Francisco office, where the primary focus is on cyber security and innovative technology. In this role, he works with large and small technology companies and equity investors that are looking to bring innovative products and services to the market.

White joined The Chertoff Group from Lockheed Martin, where he was a Senior Manager in the Electronics System business. In this role, he led a $50M international and domestic business development and strategy team and assisted in coordinating homeland security business across Lockheed Martin.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, White was a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, where he served in numerous capacities. As a Senior Counselor to the Deputy Secretary, he was substantively involved in all policy and operational issues at the Department, including the development and execution of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. He also served as Chief of Staff of the Policy Office, where he managed the day-to-day operations of a $35M office and served as the primary policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary. Earlier, he served as the Director of Maritime, Trade, and Cargo Security, where he coordinated supply chain security issues across the Department. He was an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton prior to coming to work for the government.

White holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University; and a B.S. from Syracuse University where he was a Division 1 student athlete. He currently serves as a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); a practice associate at the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University; a guest lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, and frequent speaker on cybersecurity issues. He also was a German Marshall Fund Manfred Woerner Scholar.

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