Please join the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Forward Defense practice area and the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative for a public event on “The Future of Counterterrorism: Twenty Years After 9/11.” This virtual event will take place on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET, and it will feature the release of a forward-looking paper series on the same topic.

Twenty years after September 11, 2001, violent extremists continue to threaten the US homeland and the international rules-based order. While Afghanistan quickly falls to the Taliban just as US troops headed home, nations fear the rise of a new jihadist terror threat abroad. Yet, the extremist threat is not just growing outside US borders: the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol clearly demonstrates that domestic violent extremism poses a distinct challenge to established US counterterrorism policy. With terrorist groups leveraging new tools such as emerging technologies, non-kinetic capabilities, and online platforms to reach their strategic goals, the United States and its allies must reimagine counterterrorism policies to combat the next threat akin to 9/11.

The upcoming twentieth anniversary of 9/11 offers an opportunity to advance foresight and unconventional thinking on the coming decades of terrorism and counterterrorism. This event will feature a discussion with President Joe Biden’s Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, foresight vignettes from creative authors Max Brooks and August Cole, and policy recommendations from national security experts including Mary McCord and LTG Michael K. Nagata, USA (Ret.). The event will also feature the release of a paper series exploring the way forward for US and allied counterterrorism policy.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion. To receive the virtual livestream link, please register by completing the registration form below.

Generously Supported By

SAIC

Agenda

10:30 a.m.

OPENING REMARKS

Frances F. Townsend
Board Director
Atlantic Council
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
Activision Blizzard
Former Homeland Security Advisor, National Security Council
Executive Office of the President

STORYTELLING: IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF TERRORISM AND COUNTERTERRORISM

Max Brooks
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

10:40 a.m.
10:55 a.m.

LOOKING FORWARD: UPDATING OUR APPROACH TO COUNTERTERRORISM

Mary B. McCord
Visiting Professor of Law and Executive Director for the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
Georgetown Law School
Former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security
US Department of Justice

LTG Michael Nagata, USA (Ret.)
Strategic Advisor and Senior VP
CACI
Former Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, Joint Chiefs of Staff
US Department of Defense

Ambassador Nathan Sales
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Atlantic Council
Former US Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism
US Department of State


MODERATED BY
Tom Warrick
Director, Future of DHS Project and Nonresident Senior Fellow, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Policy
US Department of Homeland Security

STORYTELLING: IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF TERRORISM AND COUNTERTERRORISM

August Cole
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Forward Defense, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

11:50 a.m.
12:00 p.m.

FEATURED REMARKS

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, National Security Council
Executive Office of the President

INTRODUCED BY
Fred Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic council

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Barry Pavel
Senior Vice President and Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

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