Category: Events

Title: Terrorism: A Review of the Current Threat Landscape

Date Published: January 7, 2020

The Center for Security Studies and the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews are proud to present “Terrorism: A Review of the Current Threat Landscape,” taking place at Georgetown University on January 23-24, 2020.

This two-day conference will address ongoing threats from ISIS and al Qaeda as well as their respective branches, from Iran and other state-sponsors, and from violent far-right extremism and the Incel movement. Other panels will focus on counterterrorism legal and privacy issues, countering state-sponsored terrorism, and technology and terrorism.

The conference will feature discussions between experts from Georgetown, St Andrews, and the wider community, with keynotes from Lord Jonathan Evans, former Director General of the British Security Service (MI5), and Nick Rasmussen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).

As of January 14, tickets are sold for this event, but you can add yourself to the waitlist in case we are able to open up additional seats. We will also be recording the conference and will send the video link out to all registered guests and everyone on the waitlist once it has been posted to the CSS YouTube channel.


Thursday, January 23

9:00-9:15: Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:45: Technology and Terrorism
Peter Lehr, University of St Andrews
Ben Buchanan, Georgetown University

10:45 – 11:15: Networking break

11:15 – 12:30: Salafi-Jihadi Threats
Mary Habeck, Georgetown University & Johns Hopkins
Amy Sturm, Georgetown University

12:30 – 2:00: Lunchtime Keynote
Lord Jonathan Evans, former Director General of the British Security Service (MI5)

2:00 – 3:30: Iran & Hezbollah
Hanin Ghaddar, The Washington Institute
Ariane Tabatabai, RAND Corporation

3:30 – 4:00: Networking break

Friday, January 24

9:00 – 10:30: Far-Right Extremism and Incels
Tim Wilson, University of St Andrews
Donald Holbrook, University of St Andrews
Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University

10:30 – 11:00: Networking break

11:00 – 12:30: Legal & Policy Issues
Lord Alex Carlile, University of St Andrews
Laura Donohue, Georgetown Law

12:30 – 2:00: Lunchtime Keynote
Nick Rasmussen, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)

2:00 – 3:30: Counterterrorism
Richard English, Queen’s University Belfast
Dan Byman, Georgetown University

3:30 – 4:00: Networking break

4:00 – 5:00: Terrorism Leadership
Elizabeth Arsenault, Georgetown University
Tricia Bacon, American University
Gina Bennett, Georgetown University

Logistical Details

Registration at is now sold out. Lunch and coffee will be provided for all registered attendees.

The conference will take place in Copley Formal Lounge, located on Georgetown’s main campus at 37 & O St NW, Washington DC, 20057. We strongly encourage the use of public transportation or taxi/rideshare to reach campus. Limited parking is available in the Southwest Parking Garage at a cost of $25 per day; this garage is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Copley Hall.

For accommodations relating to a disability, contact Jordan Moeny at the Center for Security Studies at no later than Friday, January 17. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill any requests made after that time.

Support for this conference is provided in part by the George T. Kalaris Intelligence Studies Fund.