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Upcoming Event: Wednesday, September 10

“The Evolving Terrorist Threat: What Should be Done?”

Fleishman Commons, Sanford School, Duke University
 

The 2014 Robert R. Wilson Lecture this year will be a discussion between two leading counterterrorism experts froWilsonLecture2014_Plasma1920x1080m the Bush and Obama administrations. Fran Townsend, former chair of the Homeland Security Council for the George W. Bush administration, and Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, principal counterterrorism advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will discuss the changing terrorist threats. TCTHS director David Schanzer (@schanzerdavid) will moderate.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the Science Drive Visitors lot ($5/vehicle, cash only). For more information or media inquiries, please contact Alexandra Pfadt (alp44@duke.edu).

Check back for a link to the event live stream.

“Israel Can’t Afford to Lose More Jews Like Me.”

In his response to Shmuel Rosner’s op-ed in The New York Times, TCTHS director David Schanzer pushes back against Rosner’s claim that non-Israeli liberal Jews are “fair-weather fans” when it comes to supporting Israel. Schanzer defends Israel’s incursion into Gaza to seal off the tunnels and punish those behind the rocket launches, but criticizes the IDF’s “lack of strategic vision.” Click here for the full article.

A Call for Change to the National 9/11 Memorial Museum al-Qaeda video

TCTHS director David Schanzer calls for changes to the National 9/11 Memorial Museum al-Qaeda video. Schanzer says, “There is a way to talk about 9/11 that accurately reflects the religion of the perpetrators, explains why they attacked, and avoids conflating the religion of Islam with the ideology of al-Qaeda extremism. It is not too late for the museum to back down and achieve all of these important goals.” “To devise an acceptable way to talk about 9/11, we have to be guided by certain truths,” he says, and problems arise when we fail to make these important distinctions.” Read the full article here.

5 Counterterrorism Fellows Present Research on Leadership, Threats, Diversity and Emergency Response

On April 25, 2014 five Duke University Fellows in Counterterrorism and Public Policy (CTPP) presented their year-long research in the program’s second annual conference “Embracing Strategic Uncertainty: Preparing for the Unknown.” The topics were:

  • The Delta of Command: The Increasing Gap Between Character and Competence in the Navy’s Commanding Officer Screening and Selection” -CAPT (Sel.) M. Jamie Sands
  • “The Army’s Role in Domestic Disaster Response” -LTC Neal Mitsuyoshi
  •  “Embracing the Dragon: Bringing Stability to Asia through Effective Deterrence” -LTC Paul Darling
  • “Counterterrorism Partners for the Future: Indicators of Effective Partner Relationships” -COL James Wanovich
  • “Growing the Ranks of African-American Infantry and Armor Officers” -COL Ron Clark

Biographies for each of the CTPP fellows can be found here. The research reports will be made available soon.

No Easy Day: Government Roadblocks and the Unsolvable Problem of Political Violence

HuffPost LiveTCTHS director, David Schanzer’s response to Marc Sageman’s article “The Stagnation in Terrorism Research” criticizing the current state of terrorism research. Read the full article here.

“Uncovering the Face of Homegrown Terrorism” on Huffington Post Live

Tune in at 1:35pm here

The Boston Marathon bombing continues to raise new questions on th

e growing threat of homegrown terrorism. As law enforcement become adept at identifying terrorists outside the U.S., how do we stop the extremists in our own backyard? Listen in live at 1:35pm as TCTHS director David Schanzer participates in “Uncovering the Face of Homegrown Terrorism.”

Year after Boston bombing, it’s clear that threat of homegrown terrorism overhyped

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago Tuesday, many commentators and public officials called this

Photo by John Tlumacki — Associated Press

Photo by John Tlumacki — Associated Press

tragedy a harbinger of more homegrown terrorist attacks to come.While

only one year has passed, much of this concern appears to have been hyperbole, says TCTHS director David Schanzer and Charles Kurzman. Read the full article here.

David Schanzer discussed the Boston Marathon Bombing and America’s terror threat now on WBUR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook on April 15. For more on the show, click here.

“Time for Full Disclosure of CIA Interrogations,” says TCTHS Director

In his article “Time for Full Disclosure of CIA Interrogations” published in The Huffington Post, David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, says it is time for the CIA “to come clean, move on, and let history be the judge.” “There is no undoing this damage,” Schanzer says, “the best that can be done is to stop the bleeding and manage the consequences.”  Read the full article here.

DespKurzman Report 2013ite Boston, Number of Muslim-American Terrorists Remains Low

The TCTHS announces the fifth annual report on Muslim-American terrorism suspects and perpetrators written by Charlie Kurzman.  “Despite concerns that the Boston Marathon bombing or the civil war in Syria might lead to an upsurge of violence in the United States, the number of Muslim-American terrorism plots remained low in 2013,” said the author of the report, Charles Kurzman, a professor of sociology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “Foreign terrorist organizations continued to have difficulty recruiting Muslim-American communities.”

For the full report click here. These reports, and the data on which they are based, are available at http://kurzman.unc.edu/muslim-american-terrorism.

Staying Off the Snowden Bandwagon: TCTHS Discusses Time’s “Man of the Year”

TCTHS Director David Schanzer responds to the media buzz around Edward Snowden after a U.S. district judge ruled yesterday the National Security Agency’s metadata program is unconstitutional. To see why Schanzer says “the Snowden bandwagon may be crowded these days, but there are many reasons to stay off of it,” read the full article here.

Gellman and Hayden Debate Implications of Leaking National Security Information

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Photo courtesy of Duke Photography

The former director of the CIA and NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden (USAF, Ret.) and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Barton Gellman, squared off last week over the implications of national security reporting.  A lively and informative debate covered ethical obligations of journalism, the need for discretion in reporting of sensitive issues, and the imperative for secrecy in protecting national security priorities.  For more, watch a recording of the event on the Sanford School of Public Policy YouTube page here.

Upcoming Event: Monday, 11 November

Leakers or Whistleblowers plasma

TCTHS director David Schanzer will moderate a discussion between former director of the NSA and CIA, General Michael Hayden (USAF – Retired) and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Barton Gellman on the implications of national security leaks and the media.

For more information on the event, click here.

White House National Security Staff Member Encourages Students to Pursue Public Service

george-selimThe TCTHS hosted White House National Security Staff Member and director for Community Partnerships, George Selim, Nov. 4-5 for a series of meetings with students to discuss careers in public service.  Selim encouraged students to develop their personal networks through relationships and focus on the human element of breaking into the field.  In his time with students, Selim also fielded questions about his role in community engagement and outreach to which he explained the desire for and necessity of cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with communities and individuals rather than just community leaders.

9/11 and Itsnew-york-city-78181 Aftermath Launches On Coursera

TCTHS Director David Schanzer is preparing to launch a mass online course on 9/11 and its Aftermath in September.  This course will explore the forces that led to the 9/11 attacks and the policies the United States adopted in response. In the course, students will examine the phenomenon of modern terrorism, the development of the al Qai’da ideology, and the process by which individuals radicalize towards violence.  For more information or to register for the course click here.

Responding to the Decision to Close US Embassies on Unspecified Terrorist Threat

August 13, 2013: TCTHS’s Bruce Jentleson and David Schanzer respond to the decision to close US embassies and consulates across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia last week due to an unspecified terrorist threat.  To hear Jentleson’s and Schanzer’s comments, click here.

Photo courtesy of Reuters

Photo courtesy of Reuters

TCTHS Director Comments on DHS Secretary’s Resignation

July 12, 2013: TCTHS Director David Schanzer comments on Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano’s resignation and legacy saying “she suffered a bit of a rocky start” but “enjoyed a solid tenure at the Department of Homeland Security.”  To read more on Schanzer’s commentary, click here.

 

 


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