Provost Chaouki Abdallah has announced the appointment of Emile Nakhleh as coordinator of UNM's National Security Programs. Nakhleh will bring together UNM's multiple programs and courses relating to national security into a set of coordinated academic programs. Nakhleh, a research professor, will be associated with the Office of the Provost.

Anyone interested in the initiative is invited to attend the UNM National Security Workshop on Friday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Stamm Room at the Centennial Engineering Building.



Workshop Schedule

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.     Welcoming Remarks, Mark Peceny, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.    Exploring a National Security Initiative at UNM, Emile Nakhleh, coordinator for National Security Programs at UNM

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.  Coffee Break

10:45 - 12 p.m.       The way forward - discussion

“I encourage all UNM stakeholders with an interest in national security to attend the workshop and assume a key role in shaping future UNM national security efforts under a broad national security structure,” Abdallah said.

UNM already offers programs and courses related to national security in international relations, public policy, the humanities, social sciences, management, leadership, engineering and technology. UNM researchers also work with colleagues at the national laboratories on a variety of collaborative activities.

Nakhleh was a Senior Intelligence Service Office and director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at the Central Intelligence Agency. He is member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of “A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World.”

“UNM is in a strong position to launch coordinated educational and research programs to contribute to our nation’s physical and cyber security," Nakhleh said. "Such programs would advance the development of fundamental theories, and novel methods and technologies, as well as provide students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities necessary to successfully compete for careers in national security.”

Nakhleh will present the broad rationale for collaborative efforts and solicit stakeholder input at the UNM National Security Workshop.