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The Islamic State and International Terrorism: The Architecture of Response

From the rise of the Islamic State, to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, the International legal order is confronting new existential threats which strike at the foundation of the Modern Nation State. How can the international legal order successfully address the question of transnational violence, non-State Actors and the rise of the Islamic State (IS)? What legal structures are required to coordinate effective responses to the spread of international violence from the Levant to the African continent? How are such “localized” phenomena as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram to be addressed? Is an article VII enforcement action required pursuant to Security Council authorization? If so, what is the architecture required to coordinate the responses of Allied and regional organizations in enforcing such Security Council authorization(s)? What are the contextualized responses required pursuant to differing country conditions, including, but not limited to economic embargo and quarantine?

Committee Sponsor

  • National Security Committee


  • Export Controls and Economic Sanctions; International Trade; UN and International Institutions

Program Chairs

  • Steven Hendrix, USAID, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Star Lopez, New York University School of Law, New York, NY
  • Jonathan Michael Meyer, Attorney at Law, New York NY


  • Jonathan Michael Meyer, Attorney at Law, New York NY


  • Robert “Butch” Bracknell, Office of the Legal Advisor, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Norfolk, VA
  • Jack Devine, former Director of Operations, The Central Intelligence Agency, The Arkin Group, New York, NY
  • Steven Hendrix, U. S. Agency for International Development, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Russell T Porter, Secretariat for Countering Violent Extremism, U.S. Agency for International Development, Washington, DC
  • Ruth Wedgwood, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC