Maxwell School Offers Terrorist Insight

Central Brussels

Last year following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Corri Zoli, director of Research and Assistant Research Professor at Syracuse University’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, gave her insight into some of the possible explanations for this.  She said that now Europe has had three such attacks (Brussells, Charlie Hebdo and Paris) this is a clear indication of EU weakness.  In particular she added, Belgium is proving “slow to adopt a broader strategy to deal with some of their security institutions, especially across boundaries.”

Other Syracuse University alumni connected to global socio-political events include both Megyn Kelly – a graduate from 1992 and Sonya Reines-Djivanides – a 2005 alumni.  At the time of her work there, Kelly wooed the audience, taking the spot of one of Fox News’ most popular on-air personalities.  She then moved to NBC News where she hosted a daytime news and discussion program.  She brings to all of these positions a degree from Maxwell University in Political Science and thereafter her career in law while practicing with Jones Day and Bickel & Brewer.  Kelly started in journalism in Washington DC as a TV station general assignment reporter and was later on known for her hosting of both “America Live” and “The Kelly File.”

Working in Brussels as well, Maxwell University alumni (with an MA in International Relations) Djivanides has also made an impact on the global political industry following her graduation from the educational institute.  She was a Director of the Brussels Headquarters for the Search for Common Ground (SFCG), and now today acts as Executive Director for the EPLO (European Peacebuilding Liaison Office).  Similar to Zoli, Djivanides has substantial experience in conflict resolution, which was especially noteworthy during her time guiding the formation and application of the Track II programs from SFCGs.

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