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The Scowcroft Center’s Forward Defense practice and the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative invite you to a timely discussion on the future of the domestic terrorism threat. Homeland security and law enforcement experts are re-assessing the domestic terrorism threat after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

The United States successfully overcame previous peaks of domestic terrorism in the 1970s, the 1920s, and the 1870s. As law enforcement comes to understand more about the January 6 mob attack on the US Capitol, signs point to a continued threat in the social media-driven, politically divided United States of the 2020’s from groups calling for acts of violence against federal and state government decisions with which those violent extremists disagree.

Join five of the country’s top experts as they discuss the future of the domestic terrorism threat on Monday, January 25, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. ET. Will the extraordinary security measures to protect the January 20 inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris be required to protect federal and state capitals going forward? How should the new administration carry out President Biden’s promise in his inaugural address to confront white supremacy and domestic terrorism while unifying the nation?


Opening remarks

William Wechsler
Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Middle East Programs
Atlantic Council

Briefing remarks

Graham Brookie
Director and Managing Editor, DFRLab
Atlantic Council 

A conversation with

Charles Marino
CEO, Sentinel Security Solutions, LLC; former Supervisory Special Agent, US Secret Service

Mary McCord
Visiting Professor of Law and Legal Director for the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Georgetown Law School; former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, US Department of Justice

Michael McGarrity 
Vice President Global Risk Services, Global Guardian; former Assistant Director for Counterterrorism, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Francis X. Taylor,
Executive Fellow, Global Policy Initiative​​​, University of Notre Dame; former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security

Moderated by

Thomas S. Warrick
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Forward Defense; Middle East Center 
Atlantic Council

Closing remarks

Clementine Starling
Deputy Director, Forward Defense; Resident Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative
Atlantic Council

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Counterterrorism Study Group

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