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Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism

Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism
Motto A multidisciplinary, university-based center for the study of national and international security and terrorism.
Formation 2003
Type Academic Research Institute
Headquarters Dineen Hall, Suite 300, 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse University
Director William C. Banks

Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) is a research institute sponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Syracuse University College of Law. INSCT was established in 2003 by Prof. William C. Banks with the goal of support an interdisciplinary approach to questions of national security and counterterrorism law and policy.

INSCT consists of several full-time fellows and graduate research assistants and dozens of affiliated faculty members at Syracuse University. The Institute publishes analytical policy papers, journal articles, and books; it develops courses and other academic opportunities for graduate certificate of advanced study and curricular programs in national security and counterterrorism law; and it convenes conferences and seminars at Syracuse University and at its collaborating institutions.

In May 2013, INSCT announced[1] that it had graduated 470 students from its academic programs since 2003. INSCT alumni work across the security industry, in organizations such as the Brookings Institution; Combined/Joint Task Force-Afghanistan; DARPA; Deloitte; US Marine Corps; US Military Commissions Prosecutions Unit; US Naval Air Systems Command; the US departments of Defense, State, Justice, and Homeland Security; and elsewhere.

In October 2013, INSCT announced it will begin offering Counterterrorism in the 21st Century, an interdisciplinary executive education course, in collaboration with the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.[2]


William C. Banks, the director of the Institute, is the Syracuse University College of Law Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Banks co-wrote National Security Law, first published in 1990. In addition, Banks and his co-authors published Counterterrorism Law in 2007 in an effort to define the emerging field of counterterrorism law.

Robert B. Murrett is the current deputy director of INSCT [3] and served as the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2010 before coming to Syracuse University.[4]

Keli Perrin, the current assistant director, is an alumna of the joint-degree program at Syracuse University College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.[5] Her areas of interest include homeland security, cybersecurity, and emergency management.[6]

David Crane, a faculty member at the Institute, served as founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal. He was appointed to that position by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, in 2002. He was briefly cast in an NBC reality TV series called "The Wanted"[7] and is featured in the documentary "War Don Don."

Isaac Kfir is a visiting professor from the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. He lectures on topics relating to conflict resolution and international security, and also provides commentary with a regional focus on South Asia and the Greater Middle East[8][9]

Nicholas Armstrong is Senior Research Fellow at INSCT [10] and manages the Postconflict Research Database and Analysis Project. The database aggregates postconflict literature to improve access to and management of postconflict scholarship.[11] He is an Army veteran and a fellow with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.[12]

Corri Zoli, INSCT Director of Research and a Research Assistant Professor, focuses on issues relating to Islam and humanitarian law, the rule of law, and cybersecurity.[13][14]

Numerous affiliated faculty and staff from Syracuse University College of Law or Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs contribute to research projects and academic coursework at INSCT.


The mission[15] of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism is to perform interdisciplinary research, teaching, public service, and policy analysis in the fields of national and international security and counterterrorism. It emphasizes collaborating with national and international practice-based institutes in order to advance common research and project goals. It does this by conducting research, policy analysis, and other projects in consultation with government agencies, municipalities, universities, and other public entities that facilitate public service. The Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism offers students from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Syracuse University College of Law innovative educational opportunities through certificates of advanced study, curricular programs, and other law and graduate initiatives.[15]


The Journal of National Security Law and Policy is a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal that INSCT originally co-published with the [16]

Related Websites

  • Domesticating the Drone
  • Islam, Law, and War
  • Mutual Aid in the United States
  • Postconflict Research Database


  1. ^ "Beyond al-Qaeda" Maxwell Perspective, Spring 2013.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "INSCT welcomes new deputy director, Vice. Adm. Robert B. Murrett". Inside SU. April 27, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  4. ^  
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Workshop on Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy".  
  7. ^ "IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dr. Isaac Kfir". International Institute for Counter-Terrorism. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  9. ^ "Academic Paper". SSN. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nicholas J. Armstrong". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Postconflict Research Database". Vision of Humanity. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  12. ^ "A Call for a National Strategy on Veterans". The New York Times. March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Corri Zoli".  
  14. ^ "Academic Paper".  
  15. ^ a b "INSCT Mission". INSCT. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  16. ^ [2]

External links

  • Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism website
  • Bio for William C. Banks
  • Bio for David M. Crane
  • Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • Journal for National Security Law and Policy
  • New York Times "Chasing Terrorists" 13 Jul 2009
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