Security Trends in the Next Decade

The UNM National Security Studies Program's annual symposium  will be held April 1 - 3.  The focus this year is Security Trends in the Next Decade: Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities.  Keynote speaker Gregory Treverton, Director of the National Intelligence Council, will present a global analysis of major trends, game-changers, and possible outcomes based on extensive analysis involving experts and studies from across the world at 10:00 a.m. on April 2nd in the Student Union Building, Ballroom A.  Other speakers at the symposium include Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Counselor of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security and former chief counsel to both the CIA and NSA, and J.J. Messner, Director of the Fund for Peace. Panel topics include national security legal and policy dilemas; cybersecurity threats to the U.S. and U.S. business; social and political obligations related to foreign national security activities; and strategic career opportunities.

Spring 2015 Symposium Special Events will be held on Wednesday, April 1 - (see descriptions below for locations)

12:00 noon   A Legal Research Agenda for a Next Decade Involving National Security
Dean Emerita Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Counselor of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security
Student Lunch, UNM School of Law, Rm. 2404

2:30 p.m.      A Cutting Edge Research Agenda for National Security
Peter Highnam, Director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)
IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research in support of our national security
Math & Science Learning Center, Rm. 102

3:00 p.m.      Panel:  Outside the Margins/IRAP - A Template for Humanitarian Asstistance
Walt Cooper, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) Board Chairman, Director of Veterans Experiences, U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs
International Business Students Global (IBSG) Students: Experiences and Comments
Anderson School of Management, GSM Rm. 2404

3:30 p.m.      Who Killed the Soviet Union? Revisiting the Collapse of the USSR
S. M. Plokhy (Plokhii), author and Mykhailo Hrushevsky  Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University
Math & Science Learning Center, Rm. 102

4:30 p.m.      Refreshments and Book Signing by S. M. Plokhy
Math & Science Learning Center foyer

4:30 p.m.      Guantanamo:  Legal Observations and the Future of its Detainees
Nancy Hollander, and Theresa Duncan, co-counsel for Mohamedou Ould Slahi  (Guantanamo detainee #760, and author of “Guantanamo Diary”)
UNM School of Law, Rm. 2404

5:30 p.m.      Panel:  Comments on Military Commissions at Guantanamo
UNM Law students who served as official legal observers of the two active military commissions at Guantanamo
UNM School of Law, Rm. 2404

Spring 2015 Symposium     speaker biographies

When: Thursday April 2 and Friday April 3, 2015
Where: UNM Student Union Building, Ballroom A

Thursday, 2nd April 2015

10:00 a.m.    Welcome Remarks - Setting the Stage   
Regent Bradley Hosmer

10:05 a.m.     Introduction of Keynote Speaker      
Provost Chaouki Abdallah, UNM

10:15 a.m.     Global Trends:  The Next Two Decades                        
Gregory Treverton, Director, National Intelligence Council

11:15 a.m.      Break            

11:30 a.m.      Failed and Failing States:  Why Do They Matter to Our National Security?                       
J. J. Messner,  Director, Fund for Peace   

12:30 p.m.     The Empire Strikes Back:  History and Politics in the Ukrainian Crises                       
S. M. Plokhy (Plokhii), author and Mykhailo Hrushevsky  Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University
    

1:15 p.m.        Lunch Break

1:45 p.m.       Panel:  National Security Legal & Policy Dilemmas                       
Dawinder Sidhu, (moderator), Associate Professor of Law, UNM
Jess Bravin, author of “Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay,” and  Wall Street Journal Supreme Court correspondent
Dean Emerita Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Counselor of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security
David Iglesias, Director, J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economy, Government and Public Policy, Wheaton College and former senior prosecutor, Office of the Military Commissions, Guantanamo Bay

2:45 p.m.       Social and Political Obligations Related to Foreign National Security Activities
Walt Cooper,  Director, Veterans Experiences, U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs

 3:45 p.m.     Panel: Strategic Career Opportunities
Emile Nakhleh (moderator) Research Professor, Political Science, UNM
Ann Callahan, UNM Diplomat in Residence, Department of State
John Bortner, Analytic Enterprise Office, Defense Intelligence Agency

Special UNM School of Law Lecture - location is School of Law, Forum

4:30 p.m.      Lecture on National Security and Ethical Considerations
Jess Bravin, author of “Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay,” and The Wall Street Journal's Supreme Court correspondent)

Friday, 3rd April 2015

10:00 a.m.    Welcome  -  Recap  
James Tegnelia, Research Professor NuE, UNM

10:10 a.m.     Panel:  Cyber Security Threats to the U.S. and to U.S. Business - Why SONY Matters                      
Suleiman "Sul" K. Kassicieh, Distinguished Professor of Management and ASM Endowed Chair in Economic Development, Regents' Professor of Management of Technology, and Founding Director of the Management of Technology Program, UNM
John Bortner, Analytic Enterprise Office, Defense Intelligence Agency

11:10 a.m.     Panel: Human-Centric Security                     
Michalis Faloutsos - Professor, CS, UNM (moderator),
Gregory Heileman, Associate Provost and Professor of Electrical Engineering, UNM
Jed Crandall, Professor, CS UNM, Digital Censorship expert
Bob Jung, Madiant/FireEye, Security Engineer
Laura McNamara, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

12:15 p.m.    Wrap-up and Thanks  
Frank Gilfeather, Director, National Security Studies Program, Professor Emeritus, UNM