November 22, 2021

October Faculty Updates

On October 13, Professor Mary Beth Altier presented her research on terrorist disengagement, re-engagement, and reintegration in an invited talk at the University of Pittsburgh's Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies. The talk was co-sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Collaboratory Against Hate.

On 14 October, Professor WPS Sidhu spoke on a panel on 'Security, Competition & Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific' at the 2021 Global Security Forum organized by the Soufan Center. He critiqued the U.S. pull out of Afghanistan and the rout of the Afghan National Army. He noted: "The fact that the Afghan military collapsed should come as no surprise because it was designed in a way to work only with the support of the U.S. presence there". Watch here

On 15 October, Professor Sidhu moderated a panel at the UN Headquarters for the UN Disarmament Fellows featuring (from left) Counsellor Angus September from South Africa, Ambassador Khalil Hashmi from Pakistan, Ambassador Lachezara Stoevafrom Bulgaria, Counsellor María Antonieta Jáquez from Mexico, Ambassador Aidan Liddle from the United Kingdom, and Peter Kolarov, Coordinator, United Nations Programme of Fellowships on Disarmament. Professor Sidhu also moderated a separate panel at the UN on 28 October featuring Ambassador Jeffrey L. Eberhardt, Senior Advisor in the Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Bureau in the U.S. Department of State and Andrey Belousov, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the Conference on Disarmament. They discussed the prospects of US-Russia cooperation on disarmament.

Professor Sidhu was also interviewed on Doordarshan News India on the prospects of US-India multilateral cooperation for global good, especially on COVID-19. Watch here


Mary Beth Altier


Adjunct Assistant Professor Joshua Krasna, and his former student CGA alumnus George Meladze, published "The 'Four Plus One': The Changing Power Politics of the Middle East" as a peer-reviewed Occasional Paper by the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East and African Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Joshua Krasna pulled a "twofer" in October - publishing his "The 'Four Plus One': The Changing Power Politics of the Middle East" (written with his former student, CGA alumnus George Meladze) as an Occasional Paper for Tel Aviv University's Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East and African Studies.

He then published a paper "Jordan: With Relations with Washington and Jerusalem Back in Order, a Flurry of Diplomatic Activity" , also with the Dayan Cente


On October 26, a report on which Professor Jennifer Trahan worked, as a member of the Council of Advisers on the Application of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to Cyberwarfare, was released. It can be found here.  Professor Trahan also spoke on the panel "Launch Event: The Final Report of the Council of Advisers on the Application of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to Cyberwarfare," sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Liechtenstein to the UN as well as 10 additional UN Member States and the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression. She spoke on genocide as a cyber-crime or cyber-enabled crime.

Professor Trahan had a number of speaking roles October 28-30, as part of International Law Weekend run by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA). Professor Trahan hosted a "networking session" for the International Criminal Court Committee, moderated a panel entitled Renewing and Improving the United States’ Relationship with the International Criminal Court, featuring several of the former US War Crimes Ambassadors as panelists, and organized and co-led a meeting of the Chairs of the Committees of the American Branch in her position as ABILA Co-Director of Studies. She additionally presented at the Members Meeting of the ABILA. She was also honored to present the ABILA Outstanding Achievement Award, on behalf of the ABILA, to former ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

On October 20, Professor Trahan also spoke on a panel at the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Canadian Council on International Law.

Professor Trahan's speech on "War Crimes and War Crimes Prosecutions" for the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law is now posted, and can be found here.

Professor Jennifer Trahan was recently named Convenor of the Global Institute for the Crime of Aggression.  The Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression was established in 2010 as a project of The Planethood Foundation, a small private foundation founded in 1996 by Benjamin Ferencz, a former Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials and a lifelong advocate of the rule of law in international affairs, and his son, Donald Ferencz, an attorney and international justice educator and advocate. The Institute was convened as a cooperative network of interested parties to help further dialogue and information-sharing specifically aimed at advancing the goal of criminalizing the illegal use of force. The Institute is actively working to increase its effectiveness by partnering and leveraging on a formal basis with other institutions. It benefits from the advice of its Council of Advisers, comprised of scholars, diplomats, and non-governmental advocates who share a commitment to outlawing the illegal use of force in international affairs, in the hope that criminalization of acts constituting the illegal use of armed force will deter such illegal acts.  More information can be found at


Professor Trahan is also pleased to announce that she has become affiliated with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG).  PILPG is a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to parties involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and war crimes prosecution/transitional justice. To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy planning assistance and training on matters related to conflict resolution. Professor Trahan is particularly pleased to be part of the PILPG team submitting an amicus brief to the International Criminal Court's Appeals Chamber on the Ongwen case.


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