NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs Launches Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats (ISET) to Focus on Nontraditional Security Issues and Challenges

Kick-Off Event on Sept. 28 to Feature Conversation Between Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, and Dr. Mark Galeotti, Director of ISET and World-Renowned Transnational Security Expert


NEW YORK, September 14, 2015 – In today’s era of cyberterrorism and human trafficking, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the black-flag legions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the security challenges facing the world have become increasingly complex. Recognizing this evolving climate, the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA) will launch the Initiative for the Study of Emerging Threats (ISET), which will focus on nontraditional security issues.

Directed by Dr. Mark Galeotti, a CGA clinical professor and a world-renowned security expert in transnational crime, nonconventional conflict, and Russian security affairs, ISET is a direct outcome of the Center’s mission to understand and to predict nontraditional and new security threats, while exploring responses to these challenges.

“From terrorism to climate change, ‘hybrid war’ to pandemics, cyberterror to corruption, threats are emerging from every part of the world and every aspect of modern life,” asserted Galeotti. “Yet the paradox is that at the same time, we have unparalleled resources with which to address them, whether with the raw power of a modern military force or the massive opportunities to improve governance, legitimacy, and cohesion in parts of the world that are at risk of becoming failed states and bandit havens.”

Among the issues ISET will tackle are transnational crime, including the trafficking of drugs, people and weapons, and financial crime and money laundering; corruption, especially as it impacts aid, development, and governance; the changing face of war and its growing overlap with terrorism and insurgency; cybercrime, cyberwar, and cyberterrorism; information warfare and subversion; and the increasing use of covert means and non-state agents by states.

ISET will publish curated working papers from faculty members, students, and affiliates on these themes, hold and publicize public events, publish instant responses and commentaries on breaking security news, and support the CGA mission of developing and spreading the knowledge and skills needed to address the challenges of the future through the practical education provided by both its M.S. in Global Affairs and the Graduate Certificate in Transnational Security.

To mark the launch of ISET, the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs will present “Modern World – Modern Threats? Responses to Hybrid Aggression” on Monday, September 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the SUNY College of Optometry, 33 West 42nd Street.  During this event, Dr. Galeotti will interview Toomas Hendrik Ilves, president of the Republic of Estonia and a noted expert and commentator in a range of fields—from cybersecurity and e‐government to trans‐Atlantic relations and Russia’s policies towards NATO and the Baltic. President Ilves will address the security challenges of the modern world and, in particular, how Western, democratic societies can address the diverse and blended “hybrid” threat posed most recently by Russia.

For more information and to register for this event, CLICK HERE.

For more information about ISET, visit sps.nyu.edu/cga/iset.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs
The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA) facilitates change by educating and inspiring our community members to become global citizens who are capable of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing global challenges. We believe that the development of solutions to global problems must be informed by an understanding that the world’s challenges are not merely challenges for and among states, but also challenges for and among non-state actors, urban and rural communities, regional organizations, and traditional diplomatic outlets.

Through rigorous graduate programs, Professional Pathways, and public events, we prepare global citizens who are at home in all of these environments—and thus, who are effective agents of change.

For more information, visit: sps.nyu.edu/cga.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.