Terrorism Threat to the West - Is the Worst Over?

The session is held in memory of Prof. Ehud Sprinzak (Z"L)

The Terrorism Threat to the West - 

Is the Worst Over?

With the fall of the Islamic State in Syria and the competition between Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, terror organizations look for new arenas in which to assert their power. To do this, terror organizations have turned to Western targets, perpetrating complex, deadly attacks in order to maintain their name across the world. This has manifested in a number of attacks across Europe and North America, including the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, the 2016 Brussels airport and metro bombings and the coordinated Paris bombings of 2016. This problem has further been escalated with the return of terrorist foreign fighters who have left Syria and Iraq in the aftermath of the fall of the Islamic State, with grandious attacks taking place in the West, including the 2017 Manchester arena bombing.

This workshop will discuss the current and future threat of terrorism facing the West, in the aftermath of the fall of the Islamic State. Experts will share their insight on the current situation in Europe and North America, and will discuss potential solutions for the mitigation of the threat of attacks.

 

Panelists:

 

Chair: Prof. Boaz Ganor, Founder & Executive Director, ICT, Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism and Dean, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya, Israel

Mr. Brian Michael Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President, RAND Corporation and Member of the Professional Advisory Board, ICT, IDC Herzliya, United States'

Dr. Magnus Ranstorp, Research Director, Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies (CATS), National Defence College, Sweden

Prof. Fernando Reinares, Professor and Chair, Political Science and Security Studies, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos & Senior Analyst on International Terrorism, Real Instituto Elcano & Member of the Professional Advisory Board, ICT, IDC Herzliya, Spain

Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, Former US Ambassador to Israel & Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel-Aviv University, Israel

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