About 200 experts and educators in the fields of intelligence and national security will learn about the nature and character of the “Next Generation Terrorism” during the annual National Security Colloquium at The University of Texas at El Paso.
Representatives from the CIA, FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, RAND Corp., and the Air War College will be among the scholars, practitioners and students from the United States and Canada who will participate in discussions about evolving terrorism threats, approaches to counterterrorism, the role of various U.S. agencies to respond to terrorism, and the role of the private sector to fight terrorism. The colloquium also will include a video presentation hosted by U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, from his Washington, D.C., office.
Experts today agree that the Internet has become a key tool terrorists use to plan and coordinate violent attacks in ways that help them avoid detection, said Sara K. McGuire, Ph.D., assistant professor of Security Studies, and associate director for Teaching and Learning of the National Security Studies Institute.
McGuire, who organized the colloquium, said the proliferation of terrorist networks such as Al Qaeda, ISIL, Al Shabaab, and Boko Haram demonstrates the continued threat that these organizations pose to the United States and its Western allies.
“In a security studies context, terrorism remains one of the most significant threats to global security,” McGuire said. “In order to counter this threat, it is important to understand the ways in which terrorist networks are evolving.”
The 2016 election campaign has made the war on terrorism a hot topic, said Larry Valero, Ph.D., associate professor and director of UTEP’s National Security Studies Institute.
“It’s important to be able to disseminate this type of information to educate the public about the Islamic State and other similar groups that the U.S. and its allies will face in the future,” Valero said.
Among the guest speakers will be David Sorenson, Ph.D., professor of international security studies at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
Sorenson, whose presentation is titled, “Countering the Islamic Appeal of the Islamic State,” said he was honored to participate.
“The National Security Colloquium at UTEP is a nationally known forum for exchanging ideas on national security,” he said.
The event, sponsored by the NSSI through its Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence grant, was organized in part by the UTEP chapter of the Students in Intelligence and National Security.
What: UTEP’s National Security Studies Institute has organized the annual National Security Colloquium with the theme “Next Generation Terrorism.”
When: Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 24-25, 2016. See agenda below.
Where: UTEP’s Tomás Rivera Conference Center, third floor, Union Building East.
Colloquium Program Wednesday, February 24, 2016
|09:00 – 09:30||Welcome and Introductions|
|09:30 – 10:15||Dr. David S. Sorenson (Air War College) – Countering the Islamic Appeal of the Islamic State|
|10:15 – 11:00||Dr. Barak Mendelsohn (Haverford College) – Al Qaeda vs. the Islamic State: A Troubled Relationship|
|11:00 – 11:15||Coffee Break|
|11:15 – 12:00||Dr. Stephen Coulthart (UTEP) – Testing a Theory of Leadership Decapitation: The Case of al-Muhajiroun|
|12:00 – 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 – 14:15||Dr. Joel J. Sokolsky (Royal Military College of Canada) – ‘More of Themselves’: America, Its Allies and the Future of the War on Terrorism
|14:15 – 15:00||Dr. Amy Pate (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) – Boko Haram: Strengths, Vulnerabilities and Policy Options|
15:00 – 15:20
15:20 – 16:05
Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Critical Infrastructure Protection and the RCMP: National Critical Infrastructure Team
|16:05 – 16:50
16:50 – 17:00
|Dr. Christopher Linebarger (UTEP) – Shaken or Stirred? Terrorism and Third Party State Resolve in Civil War Interventions
Thursday, February 25, 2016
|09:00 – 09:30||Dr. Patricia Witherspoon (Dean, College of Liberal Arts) Welcome and Introductions
|09:30 – 09:45||Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23)
|09:50 – 10:35||Dr. Colin P. Clarke (RAND Corporation/ Carnegie Mellon University) –Terrorism Inc., The Financing of Terrorism, Insurgency and Irregular Warfare
|10:35 – 11:00||Coffee Break
|11:00 – 11:45||Dr. Richard Stubbs (McMaster University) – The Malayan Emergency 60 Years On: The Militarization of Counterinsurgency?
|11:45 – 13:15||Lunch|
|13:15 – 14:00||Dr. Craig W. Gruber (Northeastern University) – The Psychology of Radicalization and the Role of Analysis
|14:00 – 14:45||Mr. Brandt A. Smith (UTEP) – Political Mobilization: Leadership and Religion in the “War on Terror”
|14:45 – 15:00||Coffee Break
|15:00 – 15:35
15:35 – 16:10
16:10 – 16:45
16:45 – 17:00
|Mr. Daniel Lindstrom (UTEP/ Joint Terrorism Task Force) – Cyber and Technical Challenges to the Investigation and Prevention of Terrorism
National Counterterrorism Center – Evolving Threats to the U.S. Homeland
Jose Almanza and Mark Arriaga (UTEP) – Forecasting ISIL and Their Social Media Use