The University of New Mexico National Security Studies Program’s seventh annual symposium, Global and National Security: Rapidly Evolving Challenges, begins Monday, April 4 at 12 p.m.

Farah Pandith, former special representative to Muslim communities from the U.S. Department of State; Eric Treene, special counsel for Religious Discrimination from the U.S. Department of Justice and Amina Tawasil, research professor with the International Studies Institute at UNM present the opening panel, which focuses on National Security and Muslim communities..

Additionally, New York Times National Security Reporter Scott Shane hosts a journalism colloquium at the Communications and Journalism Department room 258 at 2 p.m. Shane will also present at 12:30 on April 5 in SUB Ballroom A, where he will discuss Anwar al-Awlaki and the blowback in the war on terror.

UNM is designated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as an Intelligence Community - Center for Academic Excellence.  The symposium, which runs through April 6, will explore rapidly changing situations on the international stage, including such topics as Migration and Social Upheaval (led by Professor Jamal Martin, director of the UNM Peace Studies), Nuclear Non-Proliferation, and Military Commissions vs. Civilian Courts (a UNM School of Law panel including Captain David Iglesias and Ian McGinley, assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York). 

The NSSP will also partner with the International Studies Institute to host a presentation by Visiting Professor Sinan Ciddi of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Professor Ciddi’s presentation, Turkey, ISIS and the Syrian Civil War: A Dubious Ally, will be held on April 7 at the College of Education. 

A full agenda is available here. All events are open and the public is invited.