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Keynote: International Conference | Transnational Terrorism Today: How do the Transatlantic Allies Deal With Terrorism?
November 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
This keynote lecture from Professor Bruce Hoffman (Georgetown University) will commence the 2-day international conference “Transnational Terrorism Today: How do the Transatlantic Allies Deal With Terrorism?”
The current threat environment posed by the emergence and spread of ISIS and the stubborn resilience and long-game approach of al-Qaeda makes a new strategy and new organizational and institutional behaviors necessary. The non-traditional challenges to U.S. and European national security and foreign policy posed by elusive and deadly irregular adversaries emphasizes the need to anchor changes that will more effectively close the gap between detecting irregular adversarial activity and rapidly defeating it. The effectiveness of this strategy will be based on our capacity to think like a networked enemy, in anticipation of how they may act in a variety of situations, aided by different resources. This goal requires that the U.S. and Europe organize our collective response for maximum efficiency, information sharing, and the ability to function quickly and effectively under new operational definitions.
Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism for four decades. He is a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service where he directs its security studies center and M.A. program. Hoffman is also visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland and previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation. He was a commissioner on the 9/11 Review Commission and a lead author of its final report. Hoffman was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency (2004-2006); adviser on counterterrorism to the Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq (2004), and adviser on counterinsurgency to Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad (2004-2005) The third edition of his acclaimed book, Inside Terrorism, was recently published. Hoffman’s other books include The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat (2014), and the award-winning Anonymous Soldiers (2015).
The reception begins at 4:30pm, with opening remarks at 5:00pm and the keynote at 5:30pm.