Thursday, September, 12, 2019

Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), DC

Moderated by:

Dr. William Rosenau, Senior Policy Historian, CNA

Following the September 11th terror attacks, US counterterrorism efforts have largely focused on international Islamist terrorist organizations based overseas. Yet since 2001, domestic terrorism has killed more Americans than international terrorism. Law enforcement officials have noted in Congressional testimony this year that there has been a recent rise in domestic terror cases, a large proportion of which involve extremist ideologies such as white supremacism. Policymakers are facing critical questions: What is driving the apparent rise in domestic terrorism? What transnational linkages have formed between violent extremists? And how should the global campaign against Islamist terrorism inform our responses to other forms of extremism?

Please join us for an on-the-record discussion with Peter Bergen, national security analyst for CNN, Vice President of Global Studies and Fellows at New America, and author of The United States of Jihad, and Arie Perliger, Professor and Director of Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, who has written about political extremism and terrorism in Israel, Europe, and the United States. Dr. William Rosenau, a terrorist innovation expert at CNA and author of Tonight We Bombed the U.S. Capitol, will moderate. The conversation will explore whether and how the United States should re-think the balance between external and internal threats in its counterterrorism efforts and allocation of resources. It will also seek to uncover comparative insights that could inform law enforcement responses to extremism and domestic terrorism in the United States.

This event is open to the public but registration is required. Please register no later than COB on September 5th if you would like to attend. If you have any questions, please contact CNA_NSS@cna.org. Media attending the event should register and contact Elizabeth Cutler at cutlere@cna.org.

Limited parking is available in the pay-for-parking garage located behind the CNA building on 11th Street North. The CNA building is one block from the Clarendon Metro station. Please bring government-issued photo ID for check-in at the front desk. Refreshments will be available.

The CNA National Security Seminar series is an initiative to bring together thought-leaders from across the U.S. government, academic and research institutions, the private sector, and U.S. partner nations to share their expertise, facilitate discussions, and contribute to an on-going dialogue about critical national security issues. CNA is uniquely positioned to examine the range of these issues through the Center for Naval Analyses, which supports the Department of Defense, and the Institute for Public Research, which supports homeland security, public safety, and emergency operations at all levels of govern