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April 2016 Minimize    

Dr. Daniel N. Jones provided a CISR seminar titled “Twisted Ideals: Moral Manipulation and Sacred Certainty” for NSSI faculty and students, April 1.

Transcrime posted pictures of Dr. Sanchez while she visited! Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/Transcrime/?hc_location=ufi

Dr. Duke hosted representatives from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, including Deputy Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations, John Perches, as guest speakers in her Intelligence Interviewing and Interrogations class, April 13.

Congratulations to Mason Shuya for being selected best delegate at the Model United Nations Conference in New York City, April 18.

Dr. Valero provided a presentation titled “The Impact of Social Media on Security” at the 2nd Annual Colloquium, Center for the Information Security and Education Research, Chicago State University on April 21.

   
March 2016 Minimize    

"Congrats to Dr. Van Puyvelde who was appointed program chair of the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association"

Stephen Coulthart published an article in the Journal of Conflict Resolution examining the resilience of an illicit Islamist extremist network with co-authors Michael Kenney (U. of Pittsburgh) and Dominick Wright (DoD): 

http://jcr.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/03/15/0022002716631104.abstract

Dr. Gabriella Sanchez will be presenting a lecture on Global and Local Perspectives on Human Smuggling to kick off the inaugural program on Migrant Smuggling at FLACSO-Ecuador, Quito. 

https://www.flacso.edu.ec/portal/contenido/eventos/panelbrlas-multiples-dimensiones-del-trafico-de-migrantes.1545

Drs. Ashby, Coulthart, Linebarger, Rinehart, Valero and Van Puyvelde all participate in the 57th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in Atlanta, Georgia, March 16-19.

Dr. Gabriella Sanchez is at Stockholm University in Sweden today presenting on the how to frame human smuggling analysis.

http://www.socant.su.se/english/about-us/events/ceifo-seminar-on-transnational-migration-gabriella-sanchez-1.270933

Dr. Van Puyvelde was interviewed by KFOX/CBS4 yesterday to talk about the Brussels attacks

Local security expert explains concerns with Brussels attacks

http://kfoxtv.com/news/local/local-security-expert-explains-concerns-with-brussels-attacks

UTEP professor, Brussels native, shaken up by terror attacks

http://kfoxtv.com/news/local/utep-professor-brussels-native-shaken-up-by-terror-attacks

UTEP professor from Brussels reflects on attack in home country

http://cbs4local.com/news/local/utep-professor-from-brussels-reflects-on-attack-in-home-country

Dr. Van Puyvelde talked about the terror attacks in his hometown of Brussels with El Diario.

‘No viviré en el temor’

http://diario.mx/El_Paso/2016-03-22_a257e231/no-vivire-en-el-temor/

“CBS4 has released two video interviews with Dr. Van Puyvelde about the#‎BrusselsAttacks, including a discussion with one of his friends who lives in Brussels”

http://cbs4local.com/news/local/utep-professor-from-brussels-reflects-on-attack-in-home-country

http://cbs4local.com/news/local/man-living-in-brussels-said-the-city-is-getting-back-to-normal

Here is University Communication’s coverage of the cyber 912 event:

http://news.utep.edu/students-learn-from-simulated-cyber-a…/

Special Agent Jeanette Harper from the El Paso FBI Field Office gave a presentation on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hacker attack and the FBI’s Counterintelligence Program to graduate students in Dr. Stephen Coulthart’s INSS 5305 - Intelligence Analysis course on March 24.

Dr. Sara McGuire is participating in the Canadian Academic Symposium/Workshop at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Headquarters, March 29-April 1.  This event brings together select Canadian, British, and U.S. scholars to examine issues in homeland defense.  Dr. McGuire was provided a travel grant from the Canadian government to participate in this event.  

Dr. Larry Valero and INSS graduate students Hector Escobar and Robert Noriega are attending the “Intelligence and National Security in American Society” Conference at The University of Texas at Austin on March 30.  This event is part of the Intelligence Studies Project and is co-sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Clements Center for National Security. 

Tyler Herrera, INSS undergraduate, attended the Southwest Border Security Week 2016 in McAllen, Texas, March 30-April 1.  To see the agenda, please visit:

http://www.bordersouthwest.com/

What is the link between human smuggling and trafficking? Day 2 of Dr Sanchez' smuggling roundtable, March 30:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery 

https://twitter.com/smugglingpaths/status/715195523582586882

Dr. Van Puyvelde is at #TexasFreshAIR @UTSA to talk cyber, big data and aviation security with gov and private partners

Today is the third day of the series on human smuggling co-organized by Dr Sanchez for Open Democracy: What is the connection between organized crime and human smuggling?

tinyurl.com/heva4vz  

https://opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/hsr/human-smugglers-roundtable-is-human-smuggling-province-of-organised-crime

Dr. Duke presented her study on “Research on Investigative Interviewing and Interrogation: How Evidence-Based Practice Can Improve Outcomes”, March 31, 2016.


   
February 2016 Minimize    

"Dr. Van Puyvelde's research on hybrid warfare (http://bit.ly/1GWAi2G) used in French National Assembly report (http://bit.ly/1Qu8ZX8)”
   

Dr. Gabriella Sanchez was invited to talk as part of an event on borders and migration in preparation to the pope's visit.(http://noticias.entravision.com/…/panel-de-discusion-binac…/) (http://krwg.org/…/popes-visit-prompts-discussion-immigration).

Congratulations to Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde who was accepted to participate in the highly competitive 2016 International Policy Summer Institute at American University in Washington, DC! This is outstanding opportunity will allow Dr. Van Puyvelde to network with policymakers, senior scholars from academia and the policymaking community, as well as media experts.

Dr. Sara McGuire and Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde met with senior legal/judicial officials from France on February 16. The visit exploring the theme “U.S. Criminal Justice and Counter Terrorism” was sponsored by the El Paso Council for International Visitors and the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Stephen Coulthart provided a CISR seminar titled “Everything is Connected: Using Network Analysis in Security Studies Research”” for NSSI faculty and students.

Dr. Gabriella Sanchez provided a workshop/presentation titled "Researching Human Smuggling Operations: Experiences from the US Mexico Border, MENA and Australia" at the Five Eyes Analytical Workshop held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA from February 29-March 2.  She was assisted by INSS students Gustavo Sias and Tyler Herrera.

The National Security Studies Institute conducted its annual national security studies colloquium titled “Next Generation Terrorism” from February 24-25.  The event hosted numerous guest speakers including leading scholars and security professionals from the United States and Canada.  The highly successful two-day event, organized by Dr. Sara McGuire, had 189 attendees including UTEP students and other internal and external stakeholders.  The was the largest event in this history of the NSSI/INSS!  The colloquium was co-hosted by Students in Intelligence and National Security.  Cutting-edge research papers from the colloquium will be published in the near future. 

Dr. Larry Valero served as an American Council on Education faculty evaluator for a Navy occupational review at the Center for Information Dominance, Corry Station, Pensacola, FL on February 3.

   
January 2016 Minimize    

Congratulations to Tyler Herrera who was awarded the INSS-Boeing Scholarship valued at $3,000!

Dr. Misty Duke co-authored a book chapter titled “Avoiding Problems in Child Abuse Interviews and Investigations” in Forensic Interviews Regarding Child Sexual Abuse (Springer, 2016).

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde and Dr. Stephen Coulthart published an article with Defense Onetitled “The Intelligence Community Must Remove Barriers to Minority Recruitment.”

Dr. Van Puyvelde and Dr. Coulthart’s article on Intelligence Community employment garners attention from The Hill and the Federation of American Scientists.

Dr. Christopher Linebarger presented a paper titled "This Is The End? Terrorism & Third Party State Resolve in Civil War Interventions" at the Texas Triangle IR Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, on January 31.

   
December 2015 Minimize    

Dr. Gabriella Sanchez participated in the International Expert Meeting on Human Smuggling: Data and Research organized by the International Organization for Migration. The event was held at Koc University in Istanbul, December 7-8.  Only two US experts were invited to attend—Sheldon Zhang who specializes on human smuggling and trafficking research methodology and Dr. Sanchez.  Together, they reported on conditions connected to smuggling, trafficking and security throughout the U.S. and the Americas.  Dr. Sanchez presented on irregular migration dynamics from Central America and Mexico to the U.S. and its ties to transnational criminal activity. 

Brian Tebay, INSS graduate student, was honored as the Outstanding Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies Graduate at the College of Liberal Arts Winter Pre-Commencement and Hooding Ceremony on December 10. 

Dr. Stephen Coulthart has been named as a Truman Security Fellow.  Fellows are selected through a highly competitive process and come from government, academia, and the private sector.  They receive training and access to other fellows to influence and/or engage in national security policy making on December 14.  

Dr. Gabriella Sanchez was awarded a small grant of $500 from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau Educational and Cultural Affairs to conduct a series of roundtables examining on the Middle East, the Latino/Middle East connection, and challenges faced by Middle Eastern communities in the U.S. on December 14.

   
November 2015 Minimize    

Students in Intelligence and National Security (SINS) sponsored a Border Patrol panel discussion on November 4.

Dr. Stephen Coulthart received an Information Literacy Course Enhancement Grant worth $3,000 from the UTEP Library on November 10.

Dr. Christopher Linebarger presented a paper titled “Only the Strong Negotiate: The Political Survival of Third Party State Leaders and Negotiations in Foreign Counter-Insurgency Wars" at the Peace Science Society (International) Conference held at the University of Mississippi, November 13-14.

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde was selected as an Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Fellow with UTEP’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects on November 19. This fellowship comes with an award of $15,000. He will serve as the “cyber advocate” for the university, helping build interdisciplinary teams and networks engaged in cybersecurity research.

Dr. Stephen Coulthart and Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde published an op-ed titled “What Crisis? Scholarship and National Security” on the website War on the Rocks on November 19. War on the Rocks is “… a platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens.”

Congressman Will Hurd from the 23 District of Texas and a former CIA operations officer spoke with INSS students via Skype in Dr. Sara McGuire’s course—INSS 5340/3340 - Seminar in Homeland Security on November 24. The Congressman provided a first-hand account of working for the CIA and he addressed a number of important homeland security challenges.

   
October 2015 Minimize    

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde published an opinion piece in The Conversation France on intelligence oversight in France on October 1. 

Dr. Larry Valero repeated his presentation titled “Forgotten Heroes: The Military Contributions of Mexican Americans throughout U.S. History” in support of the Hispanic Heritage Program at the El Paso Intelligence Center on October 2. 

Three representatives from the CIA’s Directorate Analysis provided a general briefing and met individually with INSS students to discuss agency opportunities and pathways to employment on October 5-6.

 Dr. Stephen Coulthart published his latest article, co-authored with Dr. Matthew Crosston of Bellevue University, titled “Terra Incognita: Mapping American Intelligence Education Curriculum” in the Fall issue of the Journal of Strategic Security. 

Hector Escobar, Kris Hemme, and Emilio Morales, INSS graduate students, published their IAFIE conference papers in a supplement of the Fall issue of the Journal of Strategic Security.

Students in Intelligence and National Security (SINS) sponsored a talk by retired Chief Victor Manjarrez titled “Personal Dynamics of Working within DHS” on October 7. 

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde was awarded a travel grant by the International Studies Association to participate in the 2016 Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde presented a paper titled “Fusing Drug Enforcement: The El Paso Intelligence Center” at the Joint Annual Conference of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association – International Security and Arms Control Section of the American Political Science Association in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 10. 

Dr. Sara McGuire presented a paper titled “A Critique of Sharing the Burden” at the 23rd Biennial Conference of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 16. 

Dr. Sara McGuire attended the 5-Eyes Analytical Workshop in Ottawa, Canada.  While in Ottawa, she continued her research project on citizen volunteer groups in homeland security. 

Dr. Stephen Coulthart delivered a research presentation titled “Why Do Analysts Use Structured Analytical Techniques?” at the 5 Eyes Analytical Workshop in Ottawa, Canada on October 27. 

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde published his latest article “Fusing Drug Enforcement: A Study of the El Paso Intelligence Center” in Intelligence and National Security on October 27. 

Juan Grajeda, INSS student, delivered a research presentation titled “The Use of Technology by Drug Cartels and Law Enforcement” at the 5 Eyes Analytical Workshop in Ottawa, Canada on Oct. 27. 

Mark Arriaga and Joseph Almanza, INSS students, delivered a research presentation titled “Forecasting ISIL’s Social Media Strategy” at the 5 Eyes Analytical Workshop in Ottawa, Canada on Oct. 27. 

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde provided the year’s first CISR seminar titled “Interviews as a Research Method in Intelligence Studies” on October 30.

   
September 2015 Minimize    

Dr. Gabriella Sanchez was interviewed by Macquarie University's radio station in Australia regarding the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe on September 3. 

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde was interviewed on September 9 by DeMorgen, one of the main Belgian newspapers, to talk about cyberespionage and the Belgian government's reliance on disreputable hacking teams to collect information. 

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde published an article titled “L’analyse du renseignement aux Etats-Unis: entre art et science” in Sécurité & Stratégie.  The article examines the evolution of intelligence analysis in the United States. 

Dr. Sara McGuire was interviewed by “VICE Canada” about North American drug trafficking into Canada. 

Dr. Misty Duke was awarded a grant valued at $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice for a project titled “Effectiveness of Army Field Manual Interrogation Techniques through the Development of Specific Dimensions of Rapport.” Dr. Duke and Dr. James Wood from the Psychology Department are co-PIs on this grant. 

Dr. Larry Valero provided a special lecture titled “Forgotten Heroes: The Military Contributions of Mexican Americans throughout U.S. History” in celebration of UTEP’s Hispanic Heritage Month on September 18. 

Ms. Anne Callaghan, Diplomat in Residence for this region met with INSS students to discuss internship, fellowship, and careers with the State Department on September 24.

   
August 2015 Minimize    

Dr. Mario Caire who was awarded a National Science Foundation grant of$150,000 for his project titled “Understanding Cybersecurity Needs and Gaps at the Local Level.”  Congratulations Dr. Caire!

Congratulations to Dr. Gabriella Sanchez! Her book titled Human Smuggling and Border Crossings (2014) was nominated for the best book prize with the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime.

Dr. Larry Valero served as an American Council on Education faculty evaluator for a virtual course review for the Center for Development of Security Excellence in Linthicum, Maryland, August 10-14.

INSS students, Hector Escobar and Gustavo Sias, participated in the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence Summer Seminar in Washington, DC, August 3-14. 

   
July 2015 Minimize    

Dr. Paul Ashby wrote an article on NAFTA-Land Security titled “Is the Merida Initiative Working?” for the Center for International Policy’s Americas Program on July 21. 

Dr. Stephen Coulthart co-authored a book chapter titled “The Methodological Challenges of Extracting Dark Networks: Minimizing False Positives through Ethnography” in the edited volume Illuminating Dark Networks (Cambridge University Press).

Dr. Larry Valero was elected President of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) on July 22.  He will serve a two-year term leading this academic organization. 

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde received a $3,000 Information Literacy Course Enhancement Grant from the UTEP Library.  Congratulations Dr. VanPuyvelde!

Dr. Stephen Coulthart co-authored an article for the Council on Foreign Relations blog Net Politics titled “Espionage in the Digital Era: Lessons fromthe OPM Hack” on July 7.

   
June 2015 Minimize    

Dr. Misty Duke coauthored an article titled “The Effect of Liability Stipulation on DamageAwards in a Personal Injury Case” in the journal Psychology, PublicPolicy, and the Law.

INSS students, Bryan Card, Hector Escobar, Kris Hemme, and Emilio Morales presented research papers at the annual International Association for Intelligence Education Conference held at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, June 23-25.  Dr. Michael Landon-Murray served as the discussant and Dr. Larry Valero served as the chair of this student panel. 

Dr. Stephen Coulthart participated in the 2015 International PolicySummer Institute at American University in Washington, DC, June 11-16.

Dr. Sara McGuire participated in the 2015 Faculty Development Workshop sponsored by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the NavalPostgraduate School in Monterey, California, June 8-12.

Dr. Van Puyvelde presented a paper on "Intelligence contractors and information security" at the 7th biennial CIISS conference on Intelligence, Public Confidence and Security,, University of Wales Conference Centre, Gregynog Hall, Powys, UK, June 4-6.

   
May 2015 Minimize    

Sean Curtis, INSS graduate student, was honored as the outstanding Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies graduate at the College of Liberal Arts Spring Pre-Commencement and Hooding Ceremony on May 14.

Sean Curtis, INSS graduate student, defended successfully his master's thesis titled "LA LUTTE POUR L'AZAWAD: MNLA PUBLIC RELATIONS RESPONSES TO CONFLICT IN NORTHERN MALI, 2011-2014" on May 13. Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde served as the thesis chair and Dr. Larry Valero and Lt. Col. J.P. Peltier of the U.S. Air Force Academy served on the committee.

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde published an opinion piece in NATO Review Magazine on May 6 titled "Hybrid warfare - does it even exist?"

Dr. Larry Valero served as an American Council on Education faculty evaluator for a U.S. Army course review at the JFK Special Warfare Center, Ft. Bragg, NC, May 4-7.

INSS students Kris Hemme and Emilio Morales participated in a Social Media Intelligence course at the Jane’s/IHS offices in Washington, DC, May 11-13.  Mr. Stephen Coulthart participated in the training with the students.

   
April 2015 Minimize    

NSSI Graduate Research Assistant Sean Curtis co-authored an opinion piece on The Conversation (U.S.)with Dr. Erik Cleven of Saint Anselm College titled "Hope for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria dimming as Boko Haram loses steam".

Dr. McGuire wrote a piece for E-International Relations titled "Offshore Inderdiction Operations and the Refugee Rights of Irregular Migrants" that was published April 12, 2015. 

Dr. Valero met with a Moroccan law enforcement delegation sponsored by the El Paso Council of International Visitors and U.S. State Department on April 10.  The theme of the visit was “Cross-Border Security Issues.”  

NSSI Graduate Research Assistant Sean Curtis published an opinion piece on the African studies blog Africa on the Blog titled "U.S. Foreign Policy in the Horn of Africa: the Eritrean option".

Dr. Larry Valero served as an American Council on Education faculty evaluator for a U.S. Army course review at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, Ft. Huachuca, AZ, April  20-22.

Dr. Sara McGuire and Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde met with an 18 nation law enforcement and security delegation sponsored by the El Paso Council of International Visitors and U.S. State Department on April 22.  The theme of the visit was “International Crime Issues.”  

   
March 2015 Minimize    

The National Security Studies Institute conducted its annual national security studies colloquium titled “Cyber Threats to the U.S. Government and Private Sectors” from March 18-19.  The event hosted numerous guest speakers and the participation of local security officials.  The event was co-hosted by Students in Intelligence and National Security.  The highly successful two-day event also had more than 140 attendees including UTEP students and other internal and external stakeholders.  Cutting-edge research papers from the colloquium will be published in the near future.

Dr. Sara McGuire was selected to participate this summer in the 2015 Faculty Development Workshop sponsored by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  This is an outstanding opportunity that brings together many of the leading homeland security educators from across the country.

INSS students, Analicia Banales, Sean Curtis, Pedro Garcia, and Gustavo Sias, participated in a Structured Analytic Techniques training course at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Security Analysis in Alexandria, Virginia, March 2-6.  Mr. Mark Gorman participated in this training course with the students.

Dr. Larry Valero served as an external program evaluator for the M.A. in National Security Studies program at California State University, San Bernardino, on March 5.

INSS students, Michelle Esparza, Lupe Rodriguez, Crystal Sanchez, and Victor Trujillo, participated in an Intelligence Writing and Briefing training course at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Security Analysis in Alexandria, Virginia, March 9-13.  Dr. Sara McGuire participated in this training course with the students.

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde was selected to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Young Professionals Day in Washington, DC later this spring.  The two-day event, sponsored by the Atlantic Council and the NATO Allied Command Transformation, is a strategic outcome-oriented exercise designed to constructively engage the next generation of international security leaders in the process of developing innovative solutions to NATO’s challenges.   

   
February 2015 Minimize    

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde published a book review for H-Diplo on Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones' In Spies We Trust: The Story of Western Intelligence (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2013).

Dr. Sara McGuire and Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde met with legal and law enforcement officials from several countries across Latin America on February 6.  The visit exploring the theme “Combating International and Organized Crime: A Regional Project for the Western Hemisphere” was sponsored by the El Paso Council for International Visitors  and the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Sara McGuire published her latest article titled“NORAD’s Evolving Role in North American Homeland Defense” in E-International Relations on February 13.

Dr. Larry Valero provided a research seminar titled “The Historian’s Craft: Archival Research and the Study of Intelligence” for the Center for Intelligence and Security Research on Feb. 27.

Mr. Stephen Coulthart, with Dr. Matthew Crosston of Bellevue University, presented a paper titled "Failure to Launch?: Analyzing Post-9/11 Intelligence Degree Programs" at the International Studies Association’s 56th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 18-21.

Dr. Sara McGuire presented two papers titled “Live From New York, It’s the War on Terror!  Media Framing in the New Security Environment” and “Who Are Those People?  Re-Defining the ‘Audience’ in Securitization Theory” at the International Studies Association’s 56th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 18-21.

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde presented a paper titled “Fusing Intelligence to Counter Narcotics: The El Paso Intelligence Center” and chaired two panels titled “Global Health and Intelligence” and “Globalizing and Diversifying International Studies Pedagogies: Innovative Lesson Planning for a Changing Discipline” at the International Studies Association’s 56th Annual Conference in New Orleans,Louisiana, February 18-21.

Congratulations to INSS students Pedro Garcia and Christopher Reilly for being selected to study abroad by the National Security Studies Institute for the Spring 2015 semester. These awards are worth up to $12,000 coursework in cultural/regional studies, history, international relations, and strategic languages in Oman and Jordan. 

Congratulations to Mr. Stephen Coulthart, NSSI faculty member, who was accepted to participate in the highly competitive 2015 International Policy Summer Institute at American University in Washington, DC!  This is outstanding opportunity will allow Mr. Coulthart to network with policymakers, senior scholars from academia and the policymaking community, as well as media experts.

   
January 2015 Minimize    

Dr. Larry Valero served as an American Council on Education faculty evaluator for a U.S. Coast Guard course and occupational review at the Aviation Training Center, Mobile, AL, January 20-23.

Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde published an opinion piece titled "We can't expect intelligence services to prevent every terrorist attack” in The Conversation US.

Dr. Michael Landon-Murray was selected to be the guest editor for the Journal of Strategic Security. He will be editing the proceedings of this year’s IAFIE Conference at Marymount University in northern Virginia.

The National Security Studies Institute welcomes Mr. Stephen Coulthart as a new faculty member!  Mr. Coulthart’s research and teaching interests include intelligence analysis, counterterrorism policy, and Middle East security.
   
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Dr. Larry Valero served as an American Council on Education faculty evaluator for a U.S. Navy course and occupational at the Center for Information Dominance Unit Hampton Roads, Dam Neck, VA, December 2-4.

Congratulations to INSS students Analicia Banales, Juan Berumen, Sean Curtis, Nicholas Rocha, and Victor Trujillo who have been selected by the National Security Studies Institute for summer immersive language training.  These awards fund up to $10,000 toward the study in strategic languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Hausa, Mandarin, and Russian at leading language centers and institutes across the country.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the National Security Studies Institute’s latest degree—the online Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies on December 10.  The new major with coursework in cybersecurity, homeland security, intelligence and national security, and security operations is scheduled to start Summer 2015.  For more information, go to: http://news.utep.edu/?p=28515.

Tricia Devine and Bryan Card, INSS graduate students, were honored as the outstanding Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies graduates at the College of Liberal Arts Winter Pre-Commencement and Hooding Ceremony on December 11.

Kevin Thomson, INSS graduate student, defended successfully his master’s thesis titled “Operational Code and Al-Ikhwan: An Assessment of the Evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Operational Code and Possible Public Diplomacy Options for the United States” on December 15.  Dr. Nikolas Gardner of the Royal Military College of Canada and Dr. Damien Van Puyvelde of the National Security Studies Institute served on Mr. Thomson’s thesis committee.

   
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