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Understanding the Situation in Syria

Understanding the Situation in Syria
Nov 20, 2019
Dr. Chris Corpora
Understanding the Situation in Syria

Christopher A. Corpora, Ph.D. is a Professor of Practice in Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University.  He is an intelligence and international security expert with over 25 years of experience in the field and over a decade of teaching – most recently as an Associate Professor at the National Intelligence University.  He served as a senior advisor and consultant with multiple U.S. government agencies and private companies, focused on countering transnational threats -- global illicit trafficking, transnational organized crime, corruption and violent extremism.  Previously, he served as the Team Lead/Chief of Party for support to the Syrian Opposition with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).  Dr. Corpora also served as Team Lead/Chief of Party for CSO’s Maldives post-coup engagement, Senior Advisor for anti-corruption to ISAF and Deputy Director for Anti-Corruption at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Prior to joining CSO, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Federal Bureau of Investigations – helping redesign the Directorate of Intelligence and establish the FBI’s first, focused program to work with state and local law enforcement investigative fusion centers.  Dr. Corpora began his career as Counterintelligence (CI) Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Defense and worked in this role for nearly 15 years, culminating in an assignment with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as its first Chief of CI Collection.  Throughout his career, he has worked with and supported multiple private and public sector efforts to address the myriad threats associated with illicit trade and transnational organized crime in at-risk regions and has deployed over 10 times to various conflict and post-conflict regions.  

Dr. Corpora is a noted nontraditional security threats expert – ranging across the spectrum from counterterrorism through money laundering/threat finance to countering violent extremism – focusing on their effects in developing, conflict and post-conflict regions.  He is an accomplished, career national security professional with over 25 years of military, civilian government and private sector experience – including key positions with DIA, ODNI, FBI and U.S. Department of State.  He has published and presented dozens of scholarly essays, articles and book chapters and is an active senior fellow and scholar in several research and policy institutes, most notably the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) and an alumni of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Junior Scholars Training Seminar.  His most recent publication is “The tangled relationship between organized crime, terrorism and proliferation,” in Michael Tanji’s 2009 edited volume Threats in the Age of Obama. He received his Ph.D. from American University’s School of International Service in 2005.  He is the proud father of three wonderfully talented daughters.

Dr. Corpora will be introduced by Rotarian Diane Chido.


Consider inviting potential members to join our club!

Take some time to reflect on your network of friends, colleagues, and associates from work, church, community, and social occasions. Then consider the following two questions:

  1. Who do you believe will potentially make a positive contribution to the Rotary Club of Erie and thus the community?

  2. Will the Rotary Club of Erie in return make a positive impact on their lives?

If so, then tell them about Rotary and educate them on the local and global benefits that the organization has on the lives of millions of people. Also enlighten them of the interaction they will have with wonderful people who share the philosophy of Service Above Self.

The following is from Rotary International:

Who can join?

We’re looking for people who want to give back to their communities.

Rotary clubs also welcome Rotaractors, Rotary Peace Fellows, and other members of the family of Rotary who qualify for membership.

How can I become a member?

Clubs accept new members by invitation. 

What are the benefits?

Becoming a Rotary member connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Through regular meetings and events, you’ll:

  • Discuss your community’s needs and develop creative ways to meet them

  • Connect with other leaders who are changing the world

  • Expand your leadership and professional skills

  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones

Dr. Chris Corpora
Nov 20, 2019
Understanding the Situation in Syria
No Meeting
Nov 27, 2019
Thanksgiving Holiday
No Lunchtime Meeting
Dec 04, 2019
Holiday Dinner
Scott Stewart
Dec 11, 2019
Placing Corporate Espionage in Context
Brian Lasher
Dec 18, 2019
John Boyd: Erieite and Enduring American Hero
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2019
Christmas Holiday
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2020
New Year's Day Holiday
Kristin Lazzara
Jan 08, 2020
Join All of Us PA - UPMC Health Data Study
Erie Mayor Joe Schember
Jan 15, 2020
Annual State of the City Address
Daria Devlin
Jan 22, 2020
Erie Center for Arts & Technology
No Meeting
Mar 04, 2020
Rotary Ethics Symposium at Mercyhurst University
Service Above Self & 4-Way Test Awards
Apr 08, 2020
Manufacturer and Business Association
Scholarship Foundation Award Presentation
Apr 22, 2020
Manufacturer and Business Association
Brenda Martin
May 06, 2020
North Star Mentoring of Erie County Independent Living Program
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