Dictators are good allies; they stifle extremism and keep the peace

Friday, February 15, 2019 11:20 AM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
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St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Orlando "Moses" Acosta
Orlando "Moses" Acosta is a retired career U.S. Air Force officer with 13 years serving at 4-star command headquarters: U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida, and the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. As a combat officer, he commanded E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and ground radar station missions supporting multi-national humanitarian assistance, surveillance, and combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, South America, and the U.S. Moses later became the chief advisor to CENTCOM commanders on missile defense strategy, plans, policy, operations, exercises, foreign military sales and international engagement. Collaborating with the Joint Staff, other military Commands, U.S. Embassy staffs, and host nation militaries, Moses helped establish the U.S. missile defense forces and their supporting bi-lateral relationships that exist today in the Arabian Gulf region. Moses spent his last year of active duty first as aide de camp to Commander ISAF, Gen John Allen, helping manage his multi-national headquarters in Kabul; then as a military advisor helping State and USAID foreign service officers work with U.S. and ISAF militaries in transitioning security leadership to the Government of Afghanistan. He thereafter retired and worked at CENTCOM supporting the Commander with strategic plans, information operations, and passive defense initiatives. Moses is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in General Science, and earned an MBA from Touro University in 2005; was a Foreign Service candidate, political track, from 2014 to 2015; and is a member of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Leadership St Pete Class of 2015. Moses is currently the founder of UMD International, helping clients protect critical information and operations from commercial and military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
Jamison Firestone
Jamison Firestone is a New York attorney and human rights / anti-corruption crusader who inadvertently helped set off a chain of events that caused a Russian government lawyer to walk into Trump Tower. Mr. Firestone founded Russia's first independent foreign law firm in 1993 with $1,000. In 1996 his firm was ranked 6th in Russia by revenue. By 2006 Mr. Firestone's firm was administering investment structures for his clients that held over $5 billion in assets. Mr. Firestone was also a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia and head of its Enterprise Development Committee. In 2007, structures administered by Mr. Firestone's firm were hijacked by Russian officials and used to steal $230 million from the Russian State. Mr. Firestone's partner, Sergei Magnitsky, blew the whistle on the crime and was subsequently arrested and killed by the officials he testified against. Since then Mr. Firestone has teamed up with a client, Mr. William Browder, and their group has created a sanctions regime to punish human rights abusers and corrupt actors. Magnitsky Sanctions have now been adopted by the US, UK, Canada, and the Baltics and are under consideration by countries around the world. Mr. Firestone is a graduate of Tulane University Law School.
Gregory W. Kehoe
With almost 40 years of trial experience, Gregory W. Kehoe has a national and international practice focusing on the representation of individuals, corporations and financial institutions in federal and state courts, and international tribunals. Mr. Kehoe worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Defense for over 20 years with postings in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America While serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice, he successfully prosecuted a number of high profile cases involving financial institutions charged with corporate fraud and racketeering. He also served as a prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Mr. Kehoe led the team of lawyers and investigators which advised the Iraqi Special Tribunal, an ad hoc court formed to prosecute Saddam Hussein and members of his former regime. Mr. Kehoe represented General Ante Gotovina in his complete acquittal before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and represented General Mohammed Hussein Ali before the International Criminal Court, which also led to a full dismissal.
Allison Quatrini
Allison Quatrini is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Global Affairs at Eckerd College. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her research interests focus on China, specifically its authoritarian state, and the politics of festivals and holidays. She is also interested in interpretive research methodology and the role of field-work in Political Science. Allison's research has been funded by the David I. Boren Fellowship, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GWU, and the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at GWU.