Monday, April 4th, 2016
Chasing Ghosts: The Policing Of Terrorism– Cato Institute
Location: Cato Institute1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)
Since 2001 the United States has created or restructured more than two counterterrorism organizations for every apprehension it has made of Islamists apparently planning to commit terrorism within the country. Central to this massive enterprise are the efforts of police and intelligence agencies to follow up on over ten million tips, the vast majority of which lead nowhere. In their new book, Chasing Ghosts, John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart try to answer a few simple, yet rarely asked questions: Is the chase worth the effort? Or is it excessive given the danger that terrorism actually presents? The authors will present their findings followed by questions and discussion related to the U.S. fight against terrorism. Please join us for what is sure to be a lively event. If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at www.cato.org/live and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoEvents. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute. Attend in Person-Online registration for this event is now closed. If you are interested in registering for this event, please email events [at] cato.org.
What Is The Appropriate Way To Respond To And Ultimately Defeat Terrorism?– Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS – Bernstein-Offit Building1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. (map)
The purpose of this panel is to have a discussion between two Conflict Management Professors and Strategic Studies Professors in order to determine what are the best ways to respond to and ultimately defeat terrorism. This panel with compare and contrast hard power approaches with state-building and other “softer” approaches. Given the recent invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Global War on Terror, such a panel should challenge people’s assumptions and generate new ideas.
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
The Dark Web And Human Trafficking- Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC)
Location: George Mason University3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201 (map)
Room: Founder’s Hall 111
Mr. Bringle will lead a presentation on the role of the dark web in human trafficking and new technological methods for finding and combatting it. Discussion will be based on his work with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He will discuss the dark web, challenges for conducting research in that space, and cutting edge efforts to make the dark web more transparent to law enforcement working to combat human trafficking.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Counterterrorism And Intelligence In Europe- Project for the Study of the 21st Century
Location: Thomson Reuters1333 H St NW #410E, Washington, DC 20005 (map)
With attacks in Paris and Brussels and a resurgent Russia making its presence felt in Eastern Europe, European intelligence agencies face a range of growing new challenges. PS21 talks counterterrorism, cyber, counterrorism and a host of other issues — including the security implications of a potential Brexit.
Peter Apps [moderator] — Global Affairs Columnist, Reuters
Nigel Inkster — Former Deputy Chief, UK Secret Intelligence Service [MI6]. Now Head of Transnational Threats and Political Risk, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Countering Violent Extremism Symposium- International Peace & Security Institute; Creative
Location: Ronald Reagan Building & Intl Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20004 (map)
The CVE Symposium promises to be one of the most important gatherings of its kind to advance the substantive outcomes from the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and the United Nations General Assembly. The two-day CVE Symposium will open the doors and facilitate global conversation where governments, civil society, business, and academia can delve into the “how” aspects of countering these global threats:
-How we disrupt the agendas of violent extremist groups;
-How we reimagine interventions to undermine the attraction and
-Messaging of extremist movements and ideologies; and how we redefine our future.
Today’s leading thinkers, policymakers, digital pioneers, religious leaders, military experts and development practitioners will gather at the CVE Symposium to discuss the toughest challenges in countering and preventing violent extremism. Presenters and participants will engage in an inclusive exchange of information through conversations and interactive workshops focused on topics related to countering and preventing violent extremism and how technical expertise, methodologies and lessons learned, all of which can be applied and adapted to address the ever-evolving nature of extremist movements.
Security Mom : Putting The Home In Homeland Security– New America Foundation
Location: New America740 15th Street NW, Suite 900 Washington, DC 20005 (map)
National security is often discussed and analyzed at the level of governments. In Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home, Juliette Kayyem, places the home back in homeland security. A former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, Kayyem distills her experiences ranging from preventing terrorism to handling the BP oil spill and H1N1 pandemic combining them with lessons from her life as the mother of three children. The result: an inside view of how the government confronts major security threats that also shows how everyday Americans can make their homes, and ultimately our nation, safer. Juliette Kayyem served as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security from 2009-2010. Before that, she was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor. She has also served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, a legal advisor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and a trial attorney and counselor in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. In 2013, she was named the Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial columns in the Boston Globe focused on ending the Pentagon’s combat exclusion rule against women. As a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she teaches new leaders in emergency management and homeland security. New America is pleased to welcome Ms. Kayyem for a discussion of her book and the methods all Americans can employ to make ourselves and our nation safe.
Friday, April 8th, 2016
The Future Of Personnel Policy At DoD–Center for Strategic and International Studies
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (map)
Please join us for a discussion with the Honorable Brad R. Carson, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, to discuss the future of personnel policy at the Department of Defense