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2017 Great Decisions: Saudi Arabia in Transition

Speakers and topics for Great Decisions 2017.

Description of Topic

Held April 27th

Saudi Arabia in Transition

By Lawrence G. Potter

As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.

Speaker: Jeffrey Addicott

Lt. Colonel (U.S. Army, ret.)

Professor of Law & Director

Center for Terrorism Law

St. Mary's University School of Law

Jeffrey Addicott

Biography

Lt. Colonel (U.S. Army, ret.) Jeffrey F. Addicott is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Terrorism Law. An active duty Army officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps for twenty years, Addicott spent a quarter of his career as the senior legal advisor to the United States Army’s Special Forces. As an internationally recognized authority on national security law, Addicott not only lectures and participates in professional and academic organizations both in the United States and abroad (more than 700 speeches), but he has also testified before Congress on a variety of legal issues. He has also been a regular contributor to national and international news media outlets to include FOX NEWS Channel, MSNBC, CNN, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, (more than 4,000 media interviews). Addicott is a prolific author, publishing over 60 books, articles and monographs on a variety of legal topics.

Among his many contributions to the field, Addicott pioneered the teaching of law of war and human rights courses to the militaries of numerous nascent democracies in Eastern Europe and Latin America. For these efforts he was awarded the Legion of Merit, named the “Army Judge Advocate of the Year,” and honored as a co-recipient of the American Bar Association’s Hodson Award. Addicott has served in senior legal positions in Germany, Korea, Panama, and throughout the United States. Addicott holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia School of Law. He also received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Army Judge Advocate General’s School, where he was the Deputy Director of the International and Operational Law Division, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Alabama School of Law. Apart from teaching a variety of courses at the law school, Addicott served as the Associate Dean for Administration at St. Mary’s University School of Law (2006-2007).

Highlights and Awards

Recipient: St. Mary’s Alumni Association’s “2007 St. Mary’s University School of Law Distinguished Faculty Award,” awarded each year to the distinguished law faculty member.
Recipient of the 2011 Vice Admiral George C. Dyer Award, Military Order of the World War’s, awarded each year to the “most outstanding article published by the Officer Review magazine.”
Recipient of the “Distinguish Service Medal of the State of Alabama,” 1999, for “exceptionally meritorious and distinguished military or civilian service for or to the benefit of the United States or the State of Alabama.”
Co-recipient: American Bar Association’s “Hodson Award for 1995,” awarded each year to the “outstanding public sector law office in the nation.”
Recipient: “1993 Outstanding Career Army Judge Advocate Award,” awarded by the Judge Advocates Bar Association.
Recipient: “1983 Academy of Health Sciences Commander’s Award – Hospital Law.”
Member of the Bar of Alabama; U.S. Supreme Court; Court of Military Appeals; American Bar Association; International Society for Military Law; the Law of War; Military Order of the World Wars; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Special Forces Association; Sons of Confederate Veterans; board member of the Toda Institute for Peace; contributing editor for JURIST; Law Faculty on Federalist Society.
 

Publications

Books

  • Radical Islam Why?: Confronting Jihad at Home & Abroad, (Tucson, AZ: Lawyers and Judges Pub. Co., 2016).
  • Terrorism Law: Materials, Cases, Comments, 7th ed. (Tucson, AZ: Lawyers and Judges Pub. Co., 2014).
  • Globalization, International Law, and Human Rights, Addicott, Bhuiyan, & Chowdhury(New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • Constitutional Rights for Guantanamo Detainees: An Immediate Look at the Legal and Governmental Ramifications of Boumediene v. Bush, Addicott; Rose III (New York, NY: Thompson/Aspatore Pub. Co., 2008).
  • Selected Essays on State Open Government Law and Practice in a Post-9/11 World, Addicott & Garcia, editors, (Tucson, AZ: Lawyers and Judges Pub. Co., 2008).
  • State Open Government Law and Practice in a Post-9/11 World, Addicott, Cochran, Dalglish & Winegar, editors, (Tucson, AZ: Lawyers and Judges Pub. Co., 2007).
  • Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law Handbook (Bogotá, Colombia: Imprenta y Publicaciones de las Fuerzas Militares, 1999).
  • Law of War: Handbook for Officers of Armed Forces of Ukraine (Kiev, Ukraine: Lubava Pub. Co., 1996).
  • Code of Conduct for Participants in Military Operations, (Kiev, Ukraine, Ministry of Defense: Lubava, 1995).
  • Derechos Humanos: Decalogo de las Fuerzas del Orden, (Lima, Peru: Comando Conjunto de las Fuerzas Armadas, 1993).

Book Chapters

  • Foreword, in Honor Killing (Daniel Akbari & Paul Tetreault, 2014).
  • Is the Use of Coercive Interrogation or Torture Permissive and Effective as a Counter-terrorism Method?, in Contemporary Debates on Terrorism (Richard Jackson; Samuel Justin Sinclair, 2012).
  • Radical Islam’s Manipulation of the Media (with Nathanial Fulmer & Robert Gunn), in Terrorism Research & Analysis Project (TRAP): A Collection of Thoughts, Ideas,Perspectives, Vol. 1 (Andrew Bringuel, ed., 2011).
  • Cyberterrorism: Legal and Polices Issues, in Legal Issues in the Struggle Against Terror (John Norton Moore & Robert Turner, eds., 2010).
  • The War on Terror: War or Metaphor?, in Political Leadership (Joseph Masciulli, Mikhail A. Molchanov & W. Andy Knight, eds., 2009).
  • Institutionalizing Human Rights in the Militaries of the Emerging Democracies: The Case of Peru, in Fear of Persecution: Global Human Rights, International Law, and Human Well-Being, (James D. White & Anthony J. Marsella, eds., 2007).
  • Teaching Intelligent Design and the Anthropic Principle in the Public Schools, in 1-3
  • Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman, ed., 2006).
  • The Role of Special Operations Forces in the War on Terror, in The Global War on Terrorism: Assessing the American Response, (John Davis, editor, 2006).
  • (Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Pub. Inc., 2004).
  • Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Review and New Paradigm, inTransnational Threats: Blending Law Enforcement and Military Strategies, (Carolyn W. Pumphrey, ed., 2000).
  • The Appeal of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, in Dr. Mudd and the Lincoln Assassination: The Case Reopened, John Paul Jones, ed., 1995).

Articles in a Periodical

Presentations

Foreign presentations include numerous professional lectures at universities and government institutions in Colombia, Peru, Ukraine, Germany, France, Austria, Canada, Thailand, Japan, India, Honduras, Haiti, Egypt, Kuwait, Panama, Guatemala, Albania, Okinawa, South Korea, England, Mexico, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Israel, Russia, Luxembourg, China, and Uruguay.

Presentations in the United States include over 650 appearances at universities, public and private State and Federal institutions, as well as more than 4,000 appearances on radio, print, and television broadcasts to include: Associated Press, New York Times, London Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times,Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Army Times, Marine Corps Times,Miami Herald, FOX NEWS Channel, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, PBS, NBC, CBS, NPR, BBC, Voice of Russia, and Al-Jazeera.

Jeffrey Addicott has taught at the following institutions:

  • 1980-1981: Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland; Berlin, Germany. Business Law and Government.
  • 1982-1983: Adjunct Professor, Central Texas College; Korea. Business Law.
  • 1984-1985: Professor, Academy of Health Sciences; San Antonio, TX. Health Law.
  • 1988-1989: Adjunct Professor, Chapman College; Tacoma, WA. Graduate level International Law.
  • 1989-1992: Assistant Chair, International Law Department, The Judge Advocate General’s School; Charlottesville, VA. Graduate level International Law, National Security law and Criminal Law.
  • 1995: Adjunct Professor, Central Michigan University: Washington, D.C. Graduate level International Law.
  • 1996: Adjunct Professor, Central Texas College; Central Michigan University; Webster University; Fayetteville, NC. Criminal Law, Graduate level Business Law, Graduate level Administrative Law.
  • 1997: Adjunct Professor, Campbell University; Fayetteville, NC. Business Law.
  • 1998-2001: Adjunct Professor, Central Michigan University. Savannah, GA; Fort Myers, FL; Fayetteville, NC; Arlington, LA. Graduate level International Law and Administrative Law.

Publications by Dr. Addicott

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