The Global Institute at LIU will be a premier regional platform for understanding a world that's increasingly volatile, uncertain and complex. The Institute’s non-partisan mission will include bringing world leaders, thinkers and analysts to campus; serving as a resource for the University as well as regional business leaders and social activists for information and analysis of world events; and helping to prepare students to change our world with new models of innovation and social entrepreneurship. By bringing the highest caliber of thinkers to Long Island University and connecting them with regional leaders, the Global Institute at LIU works to deepen understanding of global affairs to foster important dialogue and impact the national conversation.
"With the launch of this Global Institute, LIU will become a real leader in global affairs. The Institute will bring world leaders to the region, introduce new brands of strategic thinking and problem solving, and assist decision makers here in New York in deepening their understanding of international relations."
-General Colin L. Powell, USA, (Ret.), 65th Secretary of State (2001-2005)
"It’s not a surprise to me at all how prominent the Global Institute at LIU has become, practically overnight. By bringing top leaders to Long Island University and directly to students, the Global Institute at LIU continues to expand as a unique regional resource to grow the university’s footprint on global affairs."
-Congressman Adam Schiff, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Congressman Steve Israel and the Global Institute at Long Island University held an off-the-record briefing on May’s crippling global cyber-attack and future possibilities. Meg King, who serves as the Strategic and National Security Advisor to the President of the Woodrow Wilson Center and as Director of the Wilson Center's Digital Futures Project was the briefer for institute members. Previously, King served as an international project manager for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program at the United States Department of Defense.
The Global Institute at Long Island University and former Congressman Steve Israel welcomed General Robert Scales (Ret.) to deliver an in-depth analysis of what a military confrontation with North Korea would look like and how it might play out. The session made no judgments on policy and was intended to provide a unique and informed sense of a kinetic environment. Drawing from his personal experience and storied career as a highly regarded military strategist, Major General Scales led this unique and in-depth briefing for members on the State of North Korea. Major General Scales was Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, served in South Korea for 5 years, and appears regularly as an MSNBC military analyst.
Congressman Steve Israel was honored to welcome former United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to participate in a conference call with members of the Global Institute at Long Island University following the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords, which Secretary Moniz helped negotiate alongside then-Secretary of State John Kerry.
Secretary Moniz has cited the role of innovation as one of his main accomplishments at the Energy Department, recently saying, “One of the things we really accomplished was placing innovation at the center of climate solutions.” Finding ways to push that emphasis forward — encompassing innovation in policy and economic arenas as well as in technology — will continue to be a major focus of his work in coming years, he says.
“In my 16 years in the House of Representatives, I spent a considerable amount of time on the issue of energy security. That is the impact of weather extremes and climate change on our military doctrine, strategy, tactics, posture, and infrastructure. There’s no question in my mind that the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords not only has global and national implications for our environment, but also has very significant national security implications as well.” -Congressman Steve Israel
One of the most well-equipped speakers to assess and analyze the decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords, Secretary Moniz served as Secretary of Energy from May 2013 to January 2017 and was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. As Secretary, Moniz led our nation’s efforts to grow our economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. This encompassed advancing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing the nuclear danger, promoting American leadership in science and clean energy technology innovation, cleaning up the legacy of the cold war, and strengthening management and performance.
In June 2017, Moniz became co-chairman and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption--nuclear, biological, radiological and cyber.
The Global Institute was honored to have Secretary Moniz provide an off-the-record and real-time update on the impact of the United States’ withdrawal along with giving members a first-hand look at what they could expect as this decision is implemented.
“Everything you need to know about strategy, tactics, and leadership can be learned by understanding the lessons of the Battle of Gettysburg.” -Congressman Steve Israel
As Chairman of the Global Institute, Congressman Israel arranged for Major General (Ret.) Robert Scales, former Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, to conduct a unique Executive Leadership Tour of Gettysburg that put attendees in the middle of history. General Scales walked the battlefield with the group which included Members of the Global Institute and Business Leaders, to help draw lessons they can apply to their own organizations. The Gettysburg experience immerses attendees at the crossroads of American history to learn timeless lessons on leadership, effective communications, intelligence, and more.
General Scales has conducted this Leadership Tour for major corporate leaders, Members of Congress, and senior military officials. The Global Institute at LIU was proud to present this program for the first time ever in partnership with the LIU Post College of Management. Additionally, Congressman Israel gave attendees an insider’s tour of the United States Capitol.
Congressman Israel was honored to welcome Consul General of France in New York Anne-Claire Legendre to participate in a conference call with members of the Global Institute at Long Island University following the May 7thFrench election that captured the attention of the world.
Congressman Israel framed the discussion by quoting from an editorial in The New York Times, “The decisive election of Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old political neophyte committed to the European Union, economic reform and traditional liberalism, as president of France offered powerful relief to everyone who had feared that France could become the next country to succumb to the wave of populism, nationalism and anti-globalism sweeping through Western democracies.” The editorial went on to say, “But dramatic and impressive as his victory is, Mr. Macron faces formidable challenges. He is taking charge of a nation deeply divided, much like the United States, Britain and other major democracies, with many people feeling marginalized by globalization, economic stagnation, an unresponsive government, unemployment, faceless terrorism and a tide of immigrants.”
Beyond that, the Presidential election will have somewhat of a sequel, and that will be elections next month for a new National Assembly and Mr. Macron’s fledgling party plans to run candidates in all districts.
Anne-Claire Legendre took up her position of Consul General of France in New York on August 29, 2016. She is the first woman to hold this position. She serves a community of 80,000 French citizens.
She previously served at the French embassy in Yemen in 2005-2006, from 2008 to 2010, she was in charge of bilateral relations with Algeria as part of the Direction of North Africa and the Middle East. She was then appointed to the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, where she served under the current French Ambassador to the United States until 2013. As the Arab Spring upheavals placed the Middle East at the center of attention, she supervised negotiations on Syria, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, and Iraq, at the Security Council of the United Nations.
In 2013, she was called to the cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, where she served as Advisor on North Africa and the Middle East.
The Global Institute at Long Island University was honored to have Consul General Legendre for an off-the-record conference call to help break down the events in France and to share her perspective on the implications of the French elections and what we should be doing to advance the critically important relationship between the United States and France.
Congressman Israel had the honor of addressing a national security policy conference at West Point. This annual conference provides a forum for distinguished scholars, practitioners, and government officials to engage in candid discussions on topics of national importance.
Here are some key issues the Congressman highlighted in his remarks:
Failure to Pass an AUMF – Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution stipulates that Congress has the power to declare war. Following 9/11, I voted for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) authorizing the President to use force against those who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks as well as those who harbored the perpetrators or associated with or assisted them. At the time, there was no such thing as ISIS. At the time, we were not sending missiles onto Syrian air bases, and we were not operating in Yemen or in Libya. Everything has changed in the world except for that original AUMF. Congress has not authorized the much broader military actions taken since. I have been critical of both political parties for not ensuring that Members of Congress cast their most solemn vote: the vote to use military force. We need to pass a new AUMF because the Constitution requires it and our government has the obligation to the American people to let them know where we stand.
Congressional Oversight – It is vital to understand how Congressional Oversight actually operates. Of the 535 Members of Congress, there are about 30 to 50 who can claim some legitimate oversight of the military. Those are the senior members of the House Armed Services Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, and the leaders of the intelligence committees. Most other Members operate in different terrains and deal with the complexities of their different issues.
Changing Tempo Requires Changing Oversight – The Constitution, the War Powers Act, the 9/11 AUMF were passed at a much different time than the one we are in today. Congressional oversight has not kept pace with new technologies, capabilities, and enemies.
Consider Special Operations. When President Franklin Roosevelt created Special Operations, it numbered 2,000 members. That has escalated from approximately 28,000 under President Kennedy to 72,000 at present, after increases under Presidents Bush and Obama. A recent article in The New York Times noted that the role of Special Operations might be perfectly suited for President Trump to fight terror without large engagements. The mission and reach changes; but oversight remains the same.
Soft Power vs. Hard Power – Soft power is a vital component of our military policy all over the world. We now have a budget by the administration that makes significant reductions to soft power, while increasing the budget for hard power. In fact, OMB Director Mulvaney proudly said in multiple interviews, “This is a hard power budget.” As we operate in a world driven by VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity - we need to align our priorities, budgets, organizations and institutions, which will require a fundamental departure from the theories that were operative not just 200 years ago, but 4 years ago.
Professional Military Education – During my 16 years in Congress, I visited Iraq and Afghanistan over a dozen times. And during one of my first CODELs, I talked with war fighters who felt that they were properly equipped in hardware, but they didn’t really understand software. I’ll never forget riding in a Black Hawk Helicopter with General Ray Odierno and asking him “What do you need, General?” The General responded, “I need specialists at NGOs, I need cultural anthropologists, and I need more people who speak the language.” I was shocked.
When I returned from the military theater, I visited with Congressman Ike Skelton, then Chairman of the Armed Services Committee and the father of Professional Military Education (PME), who asked me to take up the issue. I devoted a great deal of time and energy to the cause of how we educate our troops. I traveled across the country, held conferences and brought experts in, to talk about the importance of PME.
Challenges Facing Professional Military Education Reform – We learned that there is a great need for better education and more incentives to be educated about the complexities of the world, but the challenges we run into are twofold:
We tried mightily to create incentives for PME, such as a new version of the “Goldwater-Nichols Act,” with the goal of creating career incentives to enhance promotional opportunities, as well as putting more resources into critical thinking. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t get it done. Without a constituency for PME reform either at the grassroots level or in the Congress or the White House, it will remain one of our single greatest deficiencies."
Former Congressman Steve Israel and the Global Institute at LIU welcomed Congressman Adam Schiff for an in-depth assessment of the United States’ foreign policy challenges. Congressman Schiff has made national and international headlines as the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Congressman Schiff, a member of the Gang of Eight leaders within the United States Congress who are briefed on classified intelligence matters, delivered an unclassified briefing to Global Institute members on the rapidly changing worldwide landscape and touched upon emerging global challenges.
Following his meeting with leaders at the Global Institute, Congressman Schiff joined students and faculty at LIU Post for a unique Student/Leader Conversation.
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In continuing our mission as our region’s premiere platform for the understanding of the new complexities for foreign policy as well as national security and emerging crises, Congressman Steve Israel and the Global Institute at LIU hosted Ambassador Ahn for an off-the-record Crisis Conference call on North Korea's missile tests and security consequences.
Congressman Israel’s final military and security trip as a member of the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense was to Japan and the Republic of Korea, where he saw first-hand the various layers of BMD deployed to protect our allies as well as ourselves.
Over the past few weeks, events on the Korean peninsula have captured the world’s attention. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has toured the region over the past few days and made headlines when he described Pyongyang’s nuclear missile program as an imminent threat to the United States. Few people are as knowledgeable or as current on these issues as Ambassador Ahn, who serves with distinction as South Korea’s top diplomat to the United States, and it was a profound honor to invite him to speak with leaders from the Global Institute at LIU for an informative and off-the-record discussion.
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After 16 years in Congress, I’m honored to have been appointed Chairman of the Global Institute at Long Island University.
On Capitol Hill, I focused on national security and foreign policy as a Member of the Armed Services Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations.
Now, the world seems more complicated and challenging than ever.
In fact, the US Army War College has an acronym for it: VUCA.
Volatile. Uncertain. Complex. Ambiguous.
The Global Institute at Long Island University helps you understand and navigate this unprecedented terrain through high level interactions with national and global decision makers and thought leaders. Here’s how:
To foster a spirit of true knowledge and relationship building, the LIU Global Institute limits its leaders to no more than 50 at the levels of Directors, Distinguished Fellows, and Members.
I hope you’ll join us.
The Honorable Steve Israel