Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)
Monday, February 13th at 12:15pm: Ioannis Koskinas, CEO of the Hoplite Group, will speak on Afghanistan: Prospects for 2017 and Beyond at the New America Foundation with Peter Bergen, who will moderate the discussion. More information is available here.
Monday, February 13th at 4pm: The Atlantic Council will host the authors of #BreakingAleppo, a report that uses open source methodologies, digital forensics, and geolocation analysis to document atrocities in Syria. Register for the event here.
Tuesday, February 14th at 10am: The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on The Evolving Threat of Terrorism and Effective Counterterrorism Strategies, featuring testimony by Professor Bruce Hoffman from Georgetown University, Brian Michael Jenkins from the RAND Corporation, and former Ambassador Michael Sheehan from West Point. More information is available here.
Tuesday, February 14th at 2pm: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Defeating Terrorism in Syria: A New Way Forward, featuring testimony by Hassan Hassan from the Tahrir Institute and former Ambassador Frederic C. Hof from the Atlantic Council, and Melissa Dalton from CSIS. More information is available here.
Wednesday, February 15th at 3:30pm: At the Brookings Institution, Mats Andersson, Kemal Dervis, Maria Ivanova, and Stewart M. Patrick will discuss How to Manage Global Catastrophic Risk. Darrell M. West will moderate. Register here to attend in person, or here to watch online.
Wednesday, February 15th at 3:30pm: The Cato Institute will host a presentation by Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and Adam Bates on Stingrays: A New Frontier in Police Surveillance. Julian Sanchez will moderate. Register here.
Thursday, February 16th at 10am: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for David Friedman, Donald Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to Israel. More information is available here.
Thursday, February 16th at 10am: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will a hearing on Iran on Notice, featuring testimony by Scott Modell, Katherine Bauer, David Albright, and Andrew Exum. More information is available here.
Thursday, February 16th at 6pm: Jennifer Goldbeck and Jamie Winterton will lead a Cybersecurity Defense Class at the New America Foundation. More information is available here.
Calls for Papers
Since 2007, the Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, an interest group of the American Society of International Law, has annually recognized a paper that significantly enhances the understanding and implementation of the law of war has. The Richard R. Baxter Military Prize is awarded for exceptional writing in English by an active member of the regular or reserve armed forces, regardless of nationality. The Prize. The winner will receive a certificate confirming that he or she has won the 2017 Lieber Society Richard R. Baxter Military Prize and a one-year membership in the American Society of International Law (ASIL). The judges may also select additional persons to receive Lieber Society Richard R. Baxter Military Prize Certificates of Merit.
Request for Assistance. Any person receiving this Call for Papers who is aware of exceptional writing that meets the qualifications of this competition is requested to nominate the paper directly to the Lieber Society and forward this Call to the author of that paper.
Definition of the Law of War. For this competition, the Law of War is that part of international law that regulates the conduct of armed hostilities. Papers may address any aspect of the law of war, including, but not limited to the use of force in international law; the conduct of hostilities during international and non-international armed conflicts; protected persons and protected objects; the law of weapons; rules of engagement; treatment of detainees, to include interrogation procedures; and occupation law. Papers addressing practical problems confronting members of armed forces are preferred.
Qualifications for entering the competition. Persons submitting papers do not have to be ASIL members. They may be citizens of any nation, but they must be an active member of a nation’s regular or reserve armed forces.
Papers that may be entered. Papers submitted in this competition must be in English (or translated into English if written in another language). Paper length may not exceed 35 pages if written with single line spacing or 70 pages if written with double line spacing, including footnotes. Paper size must be either 8.5 x 11 or A4, with all margins at least one inch and at least 12 point font. Both papers that have been published and papers that have not been published will be considered for the Baxter Prize.
Required Contact Data. All submissions must contain the following data on the author of the paper: full name and military rank or rating, current postal and e-mail addresses, and current telephone number. If a person other than the author is making the submission, it must also contain the above data for the person submitting the paper.
Deadline for submitting papers. Papers for the 2017 competition must be received no later than Friday, March 17th, 2017.
Use of email to submit papers. Electronic submissions in Adobe format (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) are preferred. They should be sent to Lieber Military Prize Coordinator Chris Jenks at [email protected]
Use of the postal system to submit papers. Submissions by postal mail should be sent to: Chris Jenks, SMU Dedman School of Law, PO Box 750116, Dallas Texas 75275-0116
Acknowledgement of submissions. All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.
Announcement of winner. The winner and any persons receiving Certificates of Merit will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, DC, April 12-15, 2017.
The Judge Advocate General's School (AFJAGS), in partnership with the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce a call for papers for its second annual National Security Law writing competition.
The topic of this year's competition is Autonomous Systems in the Air Force. In June 2015, the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Air Force produced a vision document for the integration of autonomous systems into the Air Force over the next 30 years. This document envisions an Air Force where Airmen and autonomous systems work together as a team to meet a variety of challenges currently facing the United States, such as cyber-attacks, anti-access/area denial strategies, and attacks on space-based assets. Authors should prepare works contemplating the legal challenges associated with the use of both lethal and non-lethal autonomous systems.
The competition is open to all U.S. and international law school students and graduates. The author of the first-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $2,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. The author of the second-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. All works submitted will be considered for publication in The Air Force Law Review.
All papers must be received no later than 1630 central time on 15 April 2017 to be considered for a prize. Papers will be evaluated by a prestigious panel of subject matter experts, to be led by Judge James E. Baker, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and current Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security.
Interested authors will find a complete copy of the rules and regulations for this competition, to include formatting requirements and evaluation criteria, at the link below. Rules and Regulations for Competition: http://www.afjag.af.mil/Library
Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)
UT-Austin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Intelligence Studies
The Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas-Austin will award a postdoctoral fellowship in intelligence studies to a promising young scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year. This unique fellowship is intended to support the next generation of scholars and educators in the field of intelligence.
Applicants from all academic disciplines whose research bears on national security intelligence are welcome to apply. International candidates are eligible and encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be expected to work on research and writing projects of their own design, while taking advantage of the academic resources available at UT-Austin. The Fellow will be expected to play an active role in programs and activities organized by the ISP, the Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. The Fellow accepted for this program will be offered a competitive stipend, full use of UT facilities, and workspace. Depending upon qualifications and interest, the Fellow may have the opportunity to teach a course at UT-Austin. The fellowship appointment is for one year, but in an exceptional case may be renewed for a second year.
• Complete and submit the online application at https://www.intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/news/item/549-postdoctoral-fellowship-in-intelligence-studies; and
• Send graduate school transcripts and three letters of recommendation directly from your university and your recommenders to [email protected].
Deadlines: Applications are due on March 1, 2017. (Please note that applicants must have received their doctorate by August 14, 2017, the date the fellowship will commence.)
More information: To request additional information, please write to [email protected].
About the sponsor:
The Intelligence Studies Project was established in 2013 as a partnership between UT’s Clements Center for National Security and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law out of a conviction that the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community were increasingly critical to safeguarding our national security and yet were understudied at universities. The ISP aims to develop at the University of Texas-Austin a premier center for the study of U.S. Intelligence through a variety of programs including new course offerings, research projects, periodic conferences, and other public events focused on intelligence topics. To learn more about ISP, please visit the website at http://intelligencestudies.utexas.edu/.
Program Associate/Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Center on Law and Security, NYU School of Law
The Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law (CLS) is seeking a Program Associate/Special Assistant to the Executive Director to contribute to all aspects of the Center’s work. The Center on Law and Security is a non-partisan multidisciplinary research institute focused on cultivating an informed dialogue and conducting groundbreaking research on the most important national security, legal, and strategic questions of the post-9/11 era. Led by its Faculty Director, Professor Samuel Rascoff, and its Executive Director, Zachary Goldman, the Center endeavors to make our national security policies more effective, legitimate, and sustainable through its publications, student programs, and events.
The Center has four main areas of focus: 1) Counterterrorism Law and Strategy; 2) Intelligence Oversight; 3) Cybersecurity; 4) Financial Sanctions and Economic Statecraft. For each of these fields, and in other topics related to national security law and strategy, the Center engages in research, including the publication of books, edited volumes, and white papers; convenes private senior-level working groups designed to advance the field; and hosts public and private conferences and other events to contribute to the public discourse on the subject matter and support the mission of NYU School of Law. The Center also hosts a large number of student-focused events, including scholarship programs, and other activities.
Current and former Senior Fellows of the Center have substantial experience in national security law and policy, and include: The former Chief Justice of Israel; former government attorneys, including General Counsels of member agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community and senior federal prosecutors focused on cybersecurity and counterterrorism issues; and scholars of the Middle East. In the past several months, the Center’s activities have included hosting U.S. elected officials, the Deputy Director of the CIA, and a meeting of a Presidential commission; the publication of a book on global intelligence oversight; and launching a new university-wide Center for Cybersecurity.
The program associate/special assistant will work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Operations, and Senior Fellows of CLS to contribute to a world-class academic and policy research center. Specific duties include:
• Assist with research and drafting of op-eds, book chapters, academic journal articles, and grant applications;
• Assist in preparation for media interviews and in development of all aspects of the Center’s programs;
• Coordinate event preparation, including sending invitations and managing RSVPs, corresponding with speakers, helping prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support;
• Managing and coordinating with student interns to provide administrative support to the Center, including scheduling, booking travel, handling correspondence, and responding to requests for information;
• Maintain the Center’s online presence, through its website, social media and media outreach, including blogging, drafting press releases, and/or using applications such as Twitter, as needed;
• BA and/or MA in International Relations, Political Science, History, or related field with superior academic record;
• Excellent research, proofreading, and editing skills;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Background in U.S. foreign policy, national security, and/or intelligence strongly preferred;
• Strong organizational skills and multitasking skills with a keen attention to detail;
• Ability to meet deadlines and work calmly in a fast-paced environment;
• Ability to work collaboratively with others but retain substantial independence and keen judgment;
• Related administrative and/or internship experience.
NYU is an equal opportunity employer. Salary commensurate with experience and competitive benefits package included.
Interested candidates should send a resume, transcript, and cover letter to Sarvenaz Bakhtiar, Director of Operations of the Center on Law and Security ([email protected]) with “Program Associate Application” in the subject line by February 15, 2017.
The Department of Information Technology invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position at an open rank in cybersecurity governance and risk management for Academic Year 2017-18 (beginning August 21, 2017), subject to final budgetary approval.
Background. The Kogod School of Business has made a major commitment to be a world thought leader in cybersecurity governance and enterprise risk management. The school has established an academic research center (Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center), is offering courses in the cybersecurity management area, and is pursuing new opportunities in cybersecurity education.
Qualifications. Earned doctorate in business (information systems) or a related field or anticipated completion of a doctorate by August 21, 2017. Demonstrably successful record in teaching business courses in information systems or a related field. Ability to conduct research in cybersecurity that will lead to publications in premier journals.
Responsibilities. Teach cybersecurity courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in on-the-ground and on-line formats. Develop new programs and courses in cybersecurity education for corporate boards, managers, and employees. Create knowledge in the area of cybersecurity through rigorous research. Build the visibility and reputation of the school in cybersecurity in the business, policy, and scholarly communities. Participate in department, school, and university activities.
Application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An application must include a cover letter, a current and complete curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and copies of all teaching evaluations. Application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio.
Requests for information should be directed to:
Ms. Takei Roach
Academic Affairs Coordinator
Kogod School of Business
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20016-8044
For more information on the Kogod School of Business, consult www.american.edu/kogod.
For more information on the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center, consult www.american.edu/kogod/cybergov.
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.
Senior Managing Editor/Editor-in-Chief, International Law Studies, Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, U.S. Naval War College
International Law Studies ( ILS ) is a professionally edited peer-reviewed journal published by the U.S. Naval War College Stockton Center for the Study of International Law (Stockton Center). The oldest international law publication in the United States, ILS is an invitation-only journal. Articles published in ILS are authored by top experts in the field of international law and address cutting edge legal issues.
The Editor-in-Chief of ILS is responsible for the management of the journal in support of the Stockton Center. Working with the General Editors, this person will set the vision for ILS and will identify the key legal issues relevant to the U.S. Navy and other services in order for the Stockton Center to participate in and influence debate in the international law sphere. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for all ILS articles. This includes the recommendation to the General Editors to accept articles, deciding upon reviewers, managing the editorial process, ensuring the timely publication of articles and editing articles him or herself.
The Senior Managing Editor is responsible for assisting the Editor-in-Chief in all of the below areas identified by the Editor-in-Chief.
Management of the peer review process (reviewing articles, identifying peer reviewers, etc.)
Management of the editorial board and the editorial process (ensuring articles are properly prioritized, assigning ILS staff articles, establishing timelines for the completion articles, carrying out quality control once articles are edited, etc.)
Communication with authors
Planning the ILS publication schedule for the upcoming year
Substantive content editing, copy editing, proofing, footnote editing and formatting
ILS promotion (email alerts, correspondence with libraries and databases, etc.)
ILS website management and management of ILS archive project
Research into international law issues
Management of Stockton e-portal
JD or LLM in public international law and/or the equivalent experience in the field of international law
Subject matter expertise in international law required (specific expertise in use of force, law of armed conflict, law of the sea and/or maritime security preferred)
Academic editing experience required, particularly the editing of an academic journal or similar style publication
Familiarity with the Harvard Blue Book and the Chicago Manual of Style preferred
Research and writing experience preferred
Time management and attention to detail
Ability to lead small teams and manage limited assets effectively
Experience with or openness to working with active duty military personnel
Job Type: Full-time
Point of Contact: Dr. Tina Wann ([email protected])
Applicants must be able to work in the United States.