Forum on
Returning
Foreign Fighters

Policies and Actions to Address the Threat
and Protect Vulnerable Communities

Doha | Qatar

30 – 31 October 2018

 

WORKSHOP SESSION

Co-hosted with
The United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) & The Global Research Network
 

30 October 2018

Screening

ISIS, TOMORROW. THE LOST SOULS OF MOSUL

with Francesca Mannocchi
 

30 October 2018

Screening

Pulitzer Prize-winning book / Emmy-nominated Hulu series

THE LOOMING TOWER

A screening and conversation with Larry Wright

31 October 2018

The Forum on Returning Foreign Fighters is a collaborative international effort to bring together key stakeholders working on the issue of foreign fighters. Governments are at the forefront of dealing with this challenge, and their citizens’ safety remains their number one concern. However, for progress to be sustainable, the response must be comprehensive and addressed by the whole of society.

Little about the trajectory of terrorism is predictable, especially in a world in flux. One certainty is that terrorism will continue to be amongst the most pressing international security challenges for years to come. The extent to which those who have left the conflicts in Iraq and Syria will wish to regroup, resurge, recruit and recreate what they have lost is yet to be determined. There is disagreement over the threat that returning foreign fighters may present to their countries of residence or origin, or to other countries they transit through or seek temporary refuge in. However, it is inevitable that those who wished to fight alongside or otherwise support terrorist groups, especially the…

so-called Islamic State (IS), will remain committed to the form of violent jihad that both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have popularized, within and outside the Muslim world. The Forum on Returning Foreign Fighters provides an opportunity for researchers, public officials, policymakers, diplomats, academics, practitioners and top intelligence, military, and law enforcement professionals, to come together with governments in order to solidify the network of those working to address the foreign fighter phenomenon and its effects on vulnerable communities and global security.

Key objectives of the forum are to share information and best practices and set a robust research agenda to identify current shortcomings and fill critical knowledge gaps. Most importantly, as governments are struggling to create effective policies and work together collaboratively to implement responses designed by international bodies, the conference will serve as a platform to address the ways in which various efforts, notably UNSCR 2178 and UNSCR 2396, can be operationalized within and across nation states.

Key Speakers

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY

His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs

State of Qatar

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His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar on January 27, 2016. In his current capacity as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency’s functional priorities include planning and implementing foreign policy, maintaining strategic bilateral and multilateral relations, leading mediation efforts, and consolidating international peace and security by encouraging the peaceful settlement of international disputes. His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs currently serves as the Chairman of Qatar Development Fund, a public development institution that is committed, on behalf of the State of Qatar, to improving the livelihood of communities around the world.

His Excellency previously served as the Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation Affairs in 2013. His policies focused on promoting multilateral cooperation along with implementing the development and aid agenda of the State of Qatar. In 2010, Sheikh Mohammed served as the Secretary of the Personal Representative of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, for Follow-up Affairs. In the same year, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Mining Company. Shortly after that, His Excellency was appointed as the Chairman of the Executive Committee on the Development of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aspire – Katara Investment Company.

In 2009, Sheikh Mohammed was appointed Director of Department for Public-Private Partnerships at the Ministry of Business and Trade. His policy agenda aimed at fostering economic diversification programs through attracting foreign direct investments (FDIs) to Qatar, and through promoting entrepreneurial ventures to contribute to the country’s economic growth. In the same year, Sheikh Mohammed launched Enterprise Qatar, an organization that provided technical and financial support for small and medium-size enterprises.

In 2005, His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed served as the Director of Economic Affairs at the Supreme Council of Family Affairs for four years. His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs graduated from Qatar University with a degree in Economics and Business Administration in 2003.

Twitter @MofaQatar_EN

 

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH

His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs

State of Qatar

With Steve Clemons, Editor at Large, The Atlantic

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His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah was appointed Minister of State for Defence Affairs in January 2016 and Deputy Prime Minister in November 2017. From 1987 to 1995, His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs was a fighter pilot in the Qatar Emiri Air Force.

In 1995, he established the Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah Firm for Legal Consultations and Services, where he practiced law until 2008. In 2003, His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs was appointed President of the National Committee for Human Rights. In 2008, His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs held the post of Minister of State for International Cooperation; and in 2009, he was appointed the Acting Minister of Business and Commerce.

In 2009, His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs became the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar’s Stock Exchange. Between 2009 and 2012, he was the Vice-Chairman of Qatar Financial Centre Authority, and between 2009 and 2013, he was the Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council for Information Technology and Communications. In 2011, His Excellency was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and a Member of the Council of Ministers. From 2013 to 2016, HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah was Minister of Foreign Affairs.

His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs has a BA in Aviation Studies from King Faisal Air Academy, a BA in Law from Beirut Arab University, an MA in Public Law from Cairo University and a Ph.D. in Law from Cairo University.

Twitter @MOD_Qatar

 

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH

His Excellency Panos Kammenos

Minister of National Defence

Greece

With New York Times, Pulitzer Prize Winner Charlie Savage

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Panos Kammenos was born in Athens in 1965. His origins are from Galaxidi and Nissiros Island. He is married and he has five children, four sons, and one daughter. He has studied Economics and Business Administration in France and Switzerland. He speaks French and English fluently. In the National Elections of 1993, he was elected as congressman for the first time in the second region of Attica as a participant of New Democracy. Since then and until the year 2009 he assuredly takes place in each and every national election accumulating votes that have classified him as one of the most popular congressmen of that region. In February 2012 he establishes the political party, ’Independent Greeks’. After the National Elections in May 2012, the party enters the Greek Parliament, and thence, chaired by Panos Kammenos, has successfully taken place in four national elections and in one election regarding the European Parliament.

From 2007 to 2009 he was Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Mercantile Marine Aegean and Island Policy. Until now, he is staying by the side of the islanders, especially those who are living in the frontier islands and has been distinguished for his efficient work focused on sustainable development and coastal shipping. On June 2016, he achieved to maintain the reduced tax levies on the undersized islands and on islands that have been affected by the refugee crisis. After the National Elections of 2015, the two political parties of ‘’SYRIZA’’ and ‘’Independent Greeks’’ formed a new coalition government, in which the president of “Independent Greeks” Panos Kammenos, is serving as Minister of Defense until today. In December 2015, the Minister of National Defense was invited to contribute in the growing issue of the refugee crisis in Greece. In a period of less than one month, the Armed Forces built, organized and administered in an exemplary matter the first refugee shelters. The Armed Forces are effectively contributing to that task to date.

Panos Kammenos has been internationally recognized for his efforts to tackle issues concerning corruption, international terrorism and to protect human rights and Orthodoxy. He has been awarded the Grand Cross of Honour by the Patriarch of the Czech Republic and the Medal of Honour by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. On December 2007, the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy honored him with the medal of “The Order of Knight of the National Order of Merit” for his action against international terrorism. On 20 July 2015, the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine Theofilos III declared him a Knight Commander of the Order of Orthodox Crusaders of the Holy Sepulcher. On 23 September 2016, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Patriarchate of Alexandreia and All Africa by the Patriarch Theodoros II. On 3 May 2017, he has been awarded the Order of Merit as Grand Officer of the International Military Sports Council by the President of CISM, Captain AbdulHakeem Alshino. During his tenure, the Ministry of National Defence and the Armed Forces were awarded the Grand Cross of Panagia Sumela for their offer to the country and their continuous contribution to the activities of Panagia Soumela.

Twitter @PanosKammenos

Panelists & Moderators

Ian Acheson, FRSA

Ian Acheson, FRSA

Director of National Security Programmes

Sampson Hall
 

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Ian Acheson joined Her Majesty’s Prison Service as a prison officer rising rapidly to Governor role. Ian has extensive involvement in operational command of serious prison incidents, hostage negotiation and counter-terrorism policy and practice relating to the threat posed by IRA terrorists and lately the very different challenge posed by Islamist extremists in custody.

On leaving the prison service, Ian was appointed Director of the international prison charity ‘Prisoners Abroad’ which supports British citizens detained overseas. A spell as Head of Region for the Government’s Youth Justice Board in South West England led to a role in the Senior Civil Service with the Home Office as Director of Community safety with responsibility for running the UK Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST in South West England.

Ian left public service in 2016 as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the GB statutory regulator for the Equality Acts. He then joined the international leadership consultancy Sampson Hall as Director of National Security projects where he develops programmes to help public and private organisations understand and counter the threat posed by violent extremism.

In July 2015, the then Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove, MP, asked Ian to lead an independent review of Islamist Extremism in prisons and probation in the UK. With the help of a small expert team, Ian spent the next seven months identifying the threat, assessing the quality of the response and making recommendations. The report was accepted almost in its entirety by Government which described it as a ‘landmark review.’ It is widely regarded as one of the most significant and far-reaching contributions to the UK Government’s fight against extremism. Ian has traveled widely overseas advising governments in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East on best practice in combatting violent extremism. He currently works as a senior advisor for the Counter Extremism Project, a US-based international NGO.

Twitter NotThatBigIan

Fionnuala Ni Aolain

Fionnuala Ni Aolain

United Nations Special Rapporteur

Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism

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Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is concurrently Regents Professor and Robina Professor of Law, Public Policy and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School and Professor of Law at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Professor Ní Aoláin is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors including the Leverhulme Fellowship, Fulbright scholarship, the Alon Prize, the Robert Schumann Scholarship, a European Commission award, and the Lawlor fellowship. She has published extensively in the fields of emergency powers, conflict regulation, transitional justice and sex based violence in times of war. She has published extensively on issues of gender, conflict regulation, transitional justice, terrorism and international law.

Professor Ní Aoláin is currently the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism (3-year appointment). Previously, she was a representative of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at domestic war crimes trials in Bosnia (1996-97). In 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making. In 2011, she was appointed as consultant jointly by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and UN WOMEN to prepare a Study on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence. Ní Aoláin has been nominated twice (2004 and 2007) by the Irish government to the European Court of Human Rights, the first woman and the first academic lawyer to be thus nominated. She was appointed by the Irish Minister of Justice to the Irish Human Rights Commission in 2000 and served until 2005. She remains an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Belfast-based Committee on the Administration of Justice, and is also a member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. She was chair of the International Women’s Program Board at the Open Society Foundations (since 2010-2017), and now continues to serve on the Board.

Professor Ní Aoláin received her LL.B. and Ph.D. in law at the Queen’s University Law Faculty in Belfast and also holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School.

Twitter @NiAolainF

Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Al-Ansari

Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Al-Ansari

Chairman of National Counter-Terrorism Committee

State of Qatar

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Major General Abdul Aziz Al-Ansari has been the Chairman of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee and the Director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Interior since 2014.

From May 2014 to May 2015, he was the Director at the Arab & International Police Communication Department in the Ministry of Interior. In this role, Major General Al-Ansari was responsible for managing and supervising police cooperation and coordination with Interpol, the GCC, and Arab countries to enhance international regional and domestic security. From May 2007 to September 2014, Major General Al-Ansari was Director of Industrial Security in Qatar Petroleum. Simultaneously, has was also responsible for the Protection of Oil & Gas Installations and Supply Chain Security of the State of Qatar. Previously, Major General Al-Ansari held the position of General Director of the General Directorate of Logistics in the Ministry of Interior from 2002 to 2014. Throughout his career, Major General Al-Ansari has held a number of other positions, including Chairman of Qatar Primary Material Company, Member of the Ministry of Interior’s Supreme Committee for Police Affairs (Chaired by the Minister of Interior) and Member of the Budget Regulatory Committee in the Ministry of Interior.

Major General Abdulaziz Al-Ansari has a BA in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University in the United States, and has received specialized Commander Training from Ministry of Interior in Qatar.g volume, Public Sector Reform in the Middle East and North Africa: The Lessons of Experience (World Bank, 2017).

Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett

CMG OBE

The Global Strategy Network
 

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After a 30-year career with the British Government, which included four overseas postings, Richard was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to head the Al Qaida & Taliban Monitoring Team, an international group of experts mandated by the Security Council. Reappointed by successive Secretaries-General, Richard stayed in this position for nine years. While at the United Nations, he helped found the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, which coordinates all United Nations activity directed against violent extremism.

Twitter @rmdbarrett

Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen

CNN National Security Analyst and Vice President Global Studies & Fellows

New America

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Peter Bergen is a journalist, documentary producer, Vice President for Global Studies and Fellows at New America, CNN national security analyst, professor of practice at Arizona State University, and the author or editor of seven books about national security and terrorism, three of which were New York Times bestsellers and four of which were named among the best non-fiction books of the year by The Washington Post. The books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Documentaries based on his books have been nominated for two Emmys and also won the Emmy for best documentary. Bergen has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has testified before U.S. Congressional committees seventeen times about national security issues. Bergen produced CNN Films’ Legion of Brothers, which premiered at Sundance in January 2017 and was released theatrically in May 2017. It was nominated for an Emmy in July 2018. Bergen produced the first television interview with Osama bin Laden in 1997. The interview, which aired on CNN, marked the first time that bin Laden declared war against the United States to a Western audience. He has a degree in Modern History from New College, Oxford.

Twitter @peterbergencnn

Jason Blazakis

Jason Blazakis

Professor

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

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Jason Blazakis is a terrorism expert who devises strategies to prevent terrorists from gaining access to money and publicity. From 2008-2018, he served as the Director of the Counterterrorism Terrorism Finance and Designations Office, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State. In his former role, Jason was responsible for directing efforts to designate countries, organizations, and individuals as terrorists, also known as State Sponsors of Terrorism, Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and Specially Designated Global Terrorists. Jason previously held positions in the Department of State’s Political-Military Affairs, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Intelligence and Research Bureaus, and at U.S. Embassy Kabul.

Prior to working at the Department of State, Jason served as a domestic intelligence analyst at the Congressional Research Service. In addition, he was the national security adviser to a United States Congressional Representative. Jason is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. He is also the President of Riptide Threat Mitigation Group, Inc., a geopolitical risk consultancy.

Twitter @Jason_Blazakis

Mia Bloom

Mia Bloom

Professor of Communication

Georgia State University
 

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Mia Bloom is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. She has authored books and articles on terrorism and violent extremism including Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Living Together After Ethnic Killing [with Roy Licklider] (2007) and Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011). Bloom is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard and McGill Universities.

Under the auspices of the Minerva Research Initiative (MRI) of Department of Defense, Bloom is currently conducting research on how children become involved in terrorist organizations. Bloom’s findings will be published in a book for Cornell University Press entitled Small Arms: Children and Terror (2019). Bloom has a PhD in political science from Columbia University, a Masters in Arab Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Bachelors degree from McGill University in Russian, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Mia Bloom is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. She has authored books and articles on terrorism and violent extremism including Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Living Together After Ethnic Killing [with Roy Licklider] (2007) and Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011). Bloom is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard and McGill Universities.

Under the auspices of the Minerva Research Initiative (MRI) of Department of Defense, Bloom is currently conducting research on how children become involved in terrorist organizations. Bloom’s findings will be published in a book for Cornell University Press entitled Small Arms: Children and Terror (2019). Bloom has a PhD in political science from Columbia University, a Masters in Arab Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Bachelors degree from McGill University in Russian, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.

Twitter @MiaMBloom

Daniel Byman

Daniel Byman

Vice Dean and Professor, School of Foreign Service

Georgetown University

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Daniel Byman is a professor in the School of Foreign Service with a concurrent appointment with the Department of Government. He is also the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. He served as director of Georgetown’s Security Studies Program and Center for Security Studies from 2005 until 2010. He also leads at Georgetown team in teaching a “Massive Open Online Course” (MOOC) on terrorism and counterterrorism for EdX. Professor Byman is also a part-time Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. From 2002 to 2004 he served as a Professional Staff Member with the 9/11 Commission and with the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

Before joining the Inquiry Staff he was the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation. Previous to this, Professor Byman worked as an analyst on the Middle East for the U.S. government. He is the author of Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2015); A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism (Oxford, 2011); The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad (Wiley, 2007); Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism (Cambridge, 2005); Keeping the Peace: Lasting Solutions to Ethnic Conflict (Johns Hopkins, 2002); and co-author of Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover from the Iraqi Civil War (Brookings, 2007) and The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (Cambridge, 2002).

Professor Byman has also written extensively on a range of topics related to terrorism, international security, civil and ethnic conflict, and the Middle East. His recent articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, as well as journals including Political Science Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, International Security, and Journal of Strategic Studies.

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Fabrizio Carboni

Fabrizio Carboni

Regional Director for the Near and Middle East

Int’l. Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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Fabrizio Carboni is the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Director for the Near and Middle East. He joined the ICRC in 1998 in the legal division before moving on to Afghanistan. He then held various positions both at Headquarters and in the field, including as Deputy Head of Division for Multilateral organizations, the Doctrine and the Humanitarian Action in Geneva. He was Head of ICRC delegations in Lebanon and Myanmar.

Mr. Carboni holds a degree in Law and a Master in International Law from Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Twitter @FCarboniICRC

Colin P. Clarke

Colin P. Clarke

Senior Research Fellow

The Soufan Center
 

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Colin P. Clarke is an assistant teaching professor in the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) at Carnegie Mellon University and a Senior Research Fellow at The Soufan Center. Clarke spent nearly a decade at the RAND Corporation where he was a senior political scientist focusing on terrorism, insurgency and criminal networks. At RAND, Che directed studies on ISIS financing, the future of terrorism and transnational crime, and lessons learned from all insurgencies between the end of WWII and 2009. He was also a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) faculty.

He is also an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism- The Hague (ICCT), a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), and a member of the network of experts at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. He was previously a fellow at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), where he received his Ph.D. in international security policy (2012).

Clarke is the author of Terrorism, Inc.: The Financing of Terrorism, Insurgency, and Irregular Warfare (2015) and Terrorism: The Essential Reference Guide (2018), both published by ABC-CLIO/Praeger Security International. His forthcoming book, After the Caliphate: The Islamic State and the Terrorist Diaspora will be published by Polity Press in the spring of 2019.

Twitter @ColinPClarke

Steve Clemons

Steve Clemons

Editor at Large

The Atlantic
 

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Steve Clemons is Editor at Large of The Atlantic and Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE, the events division of The Atlantic. Clemons is also a frequent foreign policy and politics contributor to MSNBC and other global networks. Clemons also founded the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist policy think tank in Washington, DC where he previously served as Executive Vice President. Prior to this, Clemons served as Executive Vice President of the Economic Strategy Institute, was Senior Economic & International Affairs Advisor to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, and was the founding Executive Director of the Nixon Center, now re-named the Center for National Interest. Clemons also serves on the International Advisory Board of GLOBSEC and is a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Geopolitical Risk. Clemons is also an Advisory Board Member of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College and of the Intersector Initiative of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Clemons writes and speaks frequently on consequential national security, politics, and economic policy issues.

Twitter @SCClemons

Faisal Mohamed Al-Emadi

Faisal Mohamed Al-Emadi

Executive Director of Programs

Silatech
 

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Mr. Faisal Al Emadi is the Executive Director of Programs at Silatech, leading the overall programs and initiatives across all countries of operations.
Al Emadi has more than 15 years of experience in Project Management, National Manpower Planning and Government Services. Before joining Silatech, He served as a Senior Manager, Reporting & Application for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. Prior to that, he held multiple positions in different Governmental institutions including: Director of Government Services Complex Project, Ministry of Administrative Development; Director of Training & Qualifying Department, Ministry of Labor; and Director of National Manpower Development Department, Ministry of Labor.

Faisal is the Vice Chairman of Bedaya Center and a Board member of many entities such as: Arab Trainer Union and Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC) as well as The Trustees committee in Al Arqam Academy. He was also a member of several high-level committees such as the E-Government steering Committee, The National Cyber Security Committee, The State Employment Window Committee and the Unemployment Committee at the Planning Council.

Faisal holds an MBA from the Arab Academy for Science, technology & Marine Transport- Cairo, Egypt, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Al Israa University- Amman, Jordan. In addition, he successfully completed a leadership program from Qatar Leadership in 2014.

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Joshua A. Geltzer

Joshua A. Geltzer

Former Senior Director for Counterterrorism and Deputy Legal Advisor

National Security Council

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Joshua Geltzer serves as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is also an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America.

Geltzer served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff, having served previously as Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and, before that, as a law clerk to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Geltzer received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, and his PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Before that, he attended Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

He is the author of US Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View, published by Routledge; and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Parameters, Politico, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, the Journal of Constitutional Law, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and the Washington Post.

Twitter @GeorgetownLaw

Bobby Ghosh

Bobby Ghosh

Journalist and Commentator

Bloomberg
 

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Bobby Ghosh is a member of the editorial board of Bloomberg, and columnist focused on the Middle East, North Africa, and the wider Islamic world. He has been a journalist for more than three decades, with stints at Time Magazine, CNN, and Quartz, among others.

Twitter @ghoshworld

Karen J. Greenberg

Karen J. Greenberg

Director, Center on National Security

Fordham Law
 

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Karen J. Greenberg, a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties, is Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. She is the author of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State (Crown, 2016), which explores the War on Terror’s impact on justice and law in America.

She is also the author of, The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Slate.com. She is co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (Cambridge University Press, 2005); editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Al Qaeda Now (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and editor of the Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2001–2011.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, and on other major news channels. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Twitter @KarenGreenberg3

Dr. Rohan Gunaratna

Dr. Rohan Gunaratna

Professor of Security Studies

Nanyang Technology University
 

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Professor Rohan Gunaratna is Professor of Security Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technology University, and Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore. He received his Masters from the University of Notre Dame in the US where he was Hesburgh Scholar and his doctorate from the University of St Andrews in the UK where he was British Chevening Scholar. A former Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Centre at the United States Military Academy at West Point and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Gunaratna was invited to testify on the structure of al Qaeda before the 9/11 Commission. The author of 16 books including “Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror” (University of Columbia Press), Gunaratna edited the ten volume Insurgency and Terrorism Series of the Imperial College Press, London including the “Handbook of Terrorism in the Asia-Pacific.” Together with Prof Arie Kruglanski and Dr Jocelyn Belanger, he is the author of the forthcoming book “The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives and Networks.” (Oxford University Press).

A trainer for national security agencies, law enforcement authorities and military counter-terrorism units, interviewed terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and other conflict zones. Admiral William McRaven appointed him to the International Senior Advisory Panel (ISAP) of the US Special Operations Command in 2013. For advancing international security cooperation, Gunaratna received the Major General Ralph H. Van Deman Award in June 2014.

Twitter @RSIS_NTU

Paul H. Haertel

Paul H. Haertel

Deputy Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Paul H. Haertel currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Director in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division where he oversees global FBI investigations and operations regarding international terrorism. Prior to coming to the Counterterrorism Division, DAD Haertel led the Counterespionage Section of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division.

Mr. Haertel entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1995. His first assignment was to the FBI’s Louisville Field Office where he worked Violent Crime and Drug investigations. DAD Haertel also served as a member of the SWAT team in FBI Louisville.

In addition to assignments in FBI Columbia and FBI Salt Lake City, in 2010 DAD Haertel reported to Prague as the Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT). In July 2013, DAD Haertel was promoted to Legal Attaché (LEGAT), representing the FBI as the lead United States Law Enforcement Officer in Slovakia and the Czech Republic for the next two years.

Prior to his FBI service, DAD Haertel was a United States Navy SEAL operator.

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Dr. Elisabeth Kendall

Dr. Elisabeth Kendall

Senior Research Fellow in Arabic & Islamic Studies

Pembroke College, University of Oxford

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Elisabeth Kendall is Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford University. Her current work examines how militant jihadist movements exploit traditional local Arab culture(s). Previously, she held positions at the Universities of Edinburgh and Harvard as well as serving as Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, a UK government sponsored initiative aimed at building Arabic language-based research expertise.

In addition to lecturing at numerous universities and think tanks around the world, she has been invited to present her research to the following state institutions: House of Commons, House of Lords, FCO, GCHQ, Home Office, MOD, SAS, NATO, US State Department, US Central Command, EU Council and various intelligence and security audiences around the world. She features regularly in the international television, radio and print media, including BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN and various European national broadcasters.

She is the author or (co-)editor of several books, including ReClaiming Islamic Tradition (2016), Twenty-First Century Jihad (2015) and Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde: Intersection in Egypt (2006). She also conceived of and edits the “Modern Middle Eastern Vocabularies” series, which includes the titles Security Arabic, Intelligence Arabic and Media Arabic.

Twitter @Dr_E_Kendall

Gilles de Kerchove

Gilles de Kerchove

EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

European Union
 

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Gilles de Kerchove was appointed EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator on 19 September 2007. In this function, he coordinates the work of the European Union in the field of counter-terrorism, maintains an overview of all the instruments at the Union’s disposal, closely monitors the implementation of the EU counter-terrorism strategy and fosters better communication between the EU and third Countries to ensure that the Union plays an active role in the fight against terrorism.

He was previously Director for Justice and Home Affairs at the EU Council General Secretariat (1995-2007) and Deputy Secretary of the Convention which drafted the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union (1999-2000). Before that, he was Head of the Private Office of the Deputy Prime-Minister of the Federal Government of Belgium, Minister of Justice and Minister of Economic Affairs (1993-1995) and Head of the Private Office of the Deputy Prime-Minister of the Federal Government of Belgium, Minister of Justice and Minister of SMEs (1989-1992).

Mr. de Kerchove is a professor of European Law at the Université Catholique de Louvain, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and at the Université Saint Louis-Bruxelles. He has published a number of books on European law, human rights, security, and counter-terrorism.

Twitter @euctc

Matthew Levitt

Matthew Levitt

Fromer-Wexler Fellow & Director, Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism & Intelligence

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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Dr. Matthew Levitt is the Former-Wexler Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy where he directs the Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Previously, Levitt served in the senior executive service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and before that as an FBI counterterrorism analyst, including work on the Millennial and September 11th plots. He also served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to Gen James L. Jones, the special envoy for the Middle East regional security (SEMERS).

Levitt has taught at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, held fellowships with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, and sat on the academic advisory board of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently sits on the advisory boards of think tanks in Washington DC, Singapore, and Israel.

Widely published, Dr. Levitt is the author of many articles and studies. His most recent book is Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God (Georgetown University Press/Hurst Publishers, 2013).

Twitter @Levitt_Matt

Francesca Mannocchi

Francesca Mannocchi

Journalist and Director

 
 

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Francesca Mannocchi is a journalist and director. She contributes to Italian TV and international magazines. In recent years, she has covered wars and the migration crisis in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Gaza, Egypt, Afghanistan and Libya.

She co-directed the documentary “If I Close My Eyes,” on the lost generation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, with war photographer Alessio Romenzi. In 2016, she won the Premiolino, the most important journalistic award in Italy, for her reports in Libyan detention centers. Her last documentary “Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul” has been screened at the 75° Venice Film Festival. Her first book, on the war in Mosul, will be published in spring 2019.

Twitter @mannocchia

Magnus Ranstorp

Magnus Ranstorp

Research Director, Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies

Swedish Defence University

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Dr. Magnus Ranstorp has been researching counterterrorism and CVE issues for almost thirty years. Previously he developed the world-renowned Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence at the University of St Andrews, which was founded in the mid-1990s. Dr. Ranstorp was also the first author to seriously map out the Lebanese Hizbollah movement and its connection to international terrorism and relationship with Iran and Syria. Before and after 9/11 he was a consultant for CNN on terrorism issues. He was also invited to testify in the 9/11 Commission in its First Hearing in 2003.

Currently Dr. Ranstorp is Research Director at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish Defense University & Quality Manager of the EU Radicalization Awareness Network – Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE). RAN CoE is a practitioner-led network of 3,000 practitioners working on CVE issues across the EU. Dr. Ranstorp has worked extensively on the issue of Foreign Terrorist Fighters and his most recent publication on Swedish Foreign Fighters is based on a dataset of 267 FTFs out of 300 Swedish FTFs, with data obtained from the Swedish Security Service. In 2017 he also co-authored EU RAN Manual on Responding to Returning FTFs and their Families. Dr. Ranstorp also lead the Copenhagen Municipality Expert Group that developed the Anti-radicalization Action Plan in 2015. He also advises Stockholm City on CVE and the Swedish National CVE coordinator.

Twitter @MagnusRanstorp

Nicholas J. Rasmussen

Nicholas J. Rasmussen

Senior Director for Counterterrorism Programs

McCain Institute for International Leadership

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Nicholas “Nick” Rasmussen currently serves as Senior Director for Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, D.C. and as Distinguished Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU). Rasmussen joined the McCain Institute and ASU on May 21, 2018, after having stepped down as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) on December 23, 2017. He is also currently serving as an intelligence and national security analyst/contributor with NBC News and MSNBC.

Rasmussen is a senior national security professional with over twenty-seven years in U.S. government service, including in senior counterterrorism posts at the White House and in the U.S. Intelligence Community from 2001 to 2017. With a unique blend of experience as a senior policy executive and intelligence official, Rasmussen capped his federal government career as Director of NCTC, where he led more than 1,000 professionals from across the Intelligence Community, federal government, and federal contractor workforce. Rasmussen served in senior posts across three White House administrations, serving on the National Security Council (NSC) staff under Presidents Bush and Obama before being appointed Director of NCTC by President Obama and continuing his tenure at the request of President Trump’s administration in 2017. Rasmussen was one of only a handful of presidentially appointed officials held over from the Obama Administration to serve in the Trump Administration.

In 2014, Rasmussen was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the fifth Director of NCTC. NCTC was created by Congress in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks to serve as the primary organization in the U.S. government for analysis and integration of all terrorism intelligence. As Director of NCTC, Rasmussen provided independent assessments on counterterrorism issues to the President and National Security Council, led and integrated the counterterrorism community on behalf of the Director of National Intelligence, and conducted strategic operational planning of U.S. counterterrorism activities in support of the President. He regularly testified before committees of the United States Congress in both open and closed session.

Twitter @McCainInstitute

Colonel Sean Ryan, U.S. Army

Colonel Sean Ryan, U.S. Army

Spokesman

Combined Joint Task Force-Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR)

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Colonel Sean Ryan is the official Spokesman for the 74 nation and 5 international organizations that comprise the Combined Joint Task Force-Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) in Baghdad, Iraq. He has over 25 years of military experience and is on his fourth combat tour in Baghdad. He has worked extensively in the public affairs and international communications field informing the public on combat operations, and to defeat international terrorism. As the Spokesman, he conducts daily press events including television, print, and radio interviews with international, western, Pan-Arab, and local Iraq media.

Before joining CJTF-OIR, Colonel Ryan worked as the public affairs officer in Baghdad for the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command (CJFLCC) in 2014-2015, helping lead the Coalition’s effort to defeat ISIS. From 2012 to 2013, he worked for Google at their headquarters in Mountain View, California, as a strategic fellow in their Corporate Public Relations section, working on emerging technology and new product releases. In addition, he was the public affairs officer in eastern Baghdad during “The Surge” working a range of activities including strategic communications, specializing in public affairs, public diplomacy, and communications.

Colonel Ryan has additional experience working as the Course Director and lead instructor at the Defense Information School, the joint school for all U.S. military public affairs practitioners, teaching a range of national, international military, and public policy courses. He was also a guest instructor at the Public Affairs School for NATO in Oberammergau, Germany, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Further, he worked as the Team Leader for 55th Presidential Inauguration, Joint Task Force-Armed Forces Inaugural Committee in, Washington D.C.

Colonel Ryan’s education includes two Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Colorado, School of Public Affairs in Colorado Springs. During his undergraduate studies at Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado, he received his degree in communications and worked at both the PBS television station on campus and the local television affiliate. Twitter @OIRSpox

Linda Robinson

Linda Robinson

Senior International & Defense Researcher

RAND Corporation
 

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Linda Robinson is a senior international and defense researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her current research centers on irregular warfare and U.S. national security strategy, the aftermath of the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Syria (ISIS), political warfare by state and non-state actors, and post-conflict stabilization policy. She has conducted research in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Philippines and Africa; testified before the U.S. Congress on ISIS and US counterterrorism strategy, served as a speaker at a RAND conference on The Evolving Terrorist Threat: Implications for Global Security. Her recent RAND publications include Making Victory Count After Defeating ISIS: Stabilization Challenges in Mosul and Beyond; Assessment of the Politico-Military Campaign to Counter ISIL and Options for Adaptation; Improving Strategic Competence: Lessons from 13 Years of War; U.S. Special Operations Forces in the Philippines, 2001–2014. She has also published trade books on Iraq, Afghanistan and special operations forces.

Twitter @RobinsonL100

Eric Rosand

Eric Rosand

Director

The Prevention Project
 

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Eric Rosand is the Director of The Prevention Project and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Program. Until March 2016, he was a senior counterterrorism and CVE official at the U.S. Department of State. Among other roles, he served as the department’s policy coordinator for the 2015 White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism and its follow-on process. From 2010 to 2016, he helped spearhead the development and launch of a number of international counterterrorism and CVE initiatives, including the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, Hedayah, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, and the Strong Cities Network. From 2006 to 2010, he was a codirector of the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation (now the Global Center on Cooperative Security), and served as a Non-Resident Fellow at New York University’s Center for International Cooperation. He has also served in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Advisor and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. He is the author of a number of reports, blogs, op-eds, and law review articles, and holds a BA in history from Haverford College, a JD from Columbia University School of Law, and an LLM (Hons) in international law from Cambridge University.

Twitter @RosandEric

Charlie Savage

Charlie Savage

Washington Correspondent

The New York Times
 

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage is a Washington correspondent for the New York Times. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Savage graduated from Harvard College and earned a master’s degree from Yale Law School as part of a Knight Foundation journalism fellowship. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Luiza Ch. Savage, the editorial director of events for Politico, and their children, William and Peter Savage.

Savage has been covering post-9/11 issues — including national security, individual rights and the rule of law — since 2003, when he was a reporter for the Miami Herald. Later that year, he joined the Washington bureau of the Boston Globe; he then moved to the Washington bureau of the New York Times in 2008. He has also co-taught a seminar on national security and the Constitution at Georgetown University’s political science department.

Savage’s first book, Takeover, chronicles the Bush-Cheney administration’s efforts to expand presidential power. His second book, Power Wars, is an investigative history of national-security legal policy during the Obama administration.

His other journalism honors include the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award; the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency; the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism; and the Constitution Project’s Award for Constitutional Commentary.

He is a former public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and is presently a member of the steering committee for Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. He is also an NBC/MSNBC contributor.

Twitter @charlie_savage

Irfan Saeed

Irfan Saeed

Director, Office of Countering Violent Extremism Bureau of Counterterrorism

& Countering Violent Extremism (CT)

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Mr. Saeed manages an office that leads strategy and policy formulation for international CVE efforts of the United States. Previously, Mr. Saeed served as the Director of the Community Engagement Office in the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Prior to joining the US Department of State, Mr. Saeed was a Senior Policy Advisor at the US Department of Homeland Security, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, where he developed and coordinated activities relating to countering violent extremism. Prior to joining Homeland Security, Mr. Saeed worked as a criminal prosecutor, at the state and federal levels. Mr. Saeed worked as an Assistant United States Attorney, US Department of Justice, in the Eastern District of Louisiana, as well as an Assistant District Attorney, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He served as the Resident Legal Advisor at US Embassies in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. as invited to serve as a scholar in residence at Columbia Law School and NYU Center for Global Affairs. Recently, he co-chaired the World Economic Forum working group on the safety and security of IOT.

Twitter @nolairfan

David Scharia

David Scharia

Chief of Branch

Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directive (CTED)

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Dr. David Scharia is Chief of Branch at the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directive (CTED) at the United Nations Security Council. Dr. Scharia is in charge of counter terrorism policy and heads a large group of international counter terrorism experts advising the Security Council on counter terrorism matters. The areas under his responsibility include legal and criminal justice, law enforcement and border control, financing of terrorism, new technologies and terrorism, human rights aspects of counter terrorism as well as the identification of new and emerging terrorism trends and developments.

Dr. Scharia is an internationally recognized expert on counter terrorism. His articles and books have been published in the most prestigious academic forums including Oxford University Press, Harvard National Security Journal, and Hebrew University Press. He was invited to serve as a scholar in residence at Columbia Law School and NYU Center for Global Affairs. Recently, he co-chaired the World Economic Forum working group on the safety and security of IOT.

Twitter @UN_CTED

Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright

Staff Writer

The New Yorker
 

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Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright, and has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1992. His most notable film was the 1998 drama “The Siege,” starring Denzel Washington, which eerily prefigured the events of 9/11. He is the author of ten books of nonfiction and one novel. His book, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” won a number of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book, “God Save Texas,” was a New York Times bestseller. Wright is also the keyboard player in the Austin, Texas-based blues band, WhoDo.

Twitter @lawrence_wright

Tarik Yousef

Tarik Yousef

Director

Brookings Doha Center
 

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Tarik M. Yousef is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program and the Director of the Brookings Doha Center. His professional career has spanned the academic world at Georgetown University and the Harvard Kennedy School; the public policy arena at the IMF, the World Bank and the United Nations; and more recently the NGO space at Silatech. He has served on the advisory boards of development organizations and boards of directors of financial institutions.

His research has focused on the political economy of policy reform and the dynamics of youth inclusion in the Arab world. His current interests include post-conflict political and economic transitions. He has contributed more than 50 articles and chapters, and co-edited several volumes and reports including Generation in Waiting: The Unfulfilled Promise of Young People in the Middle East (Brookings, 2009); After the Spring: Economic Transition in the Arab World (Oxford University Press, 2012); Young Generation Awakening: Economics, Society, and Policy on the Eve of the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2016); and the forthcoming volume, Public Sector Reform in the Middle East and North Africa: The Lessons of Experience (World Bank, 2017).

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