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Al Qaeda and Its Affiliates

A Net Assessment Ten Years After 9/11

At this day-long National Security Studies Program conference, the experts listed below assessed the durability, vulnerability, and threat posed by al Qaeda and its affiliates, ten years after 9/11.


8:30am to 9:00am - Registration

9:00am to 9:15am - Welcome

Steve Coll
President, New America Foundation
Author, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2009

9:15am to 10:45am - Panel I: A Net Assessment of Al Qaeda [ VIDEO ]

Bruce Hoffman
Director, Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
Author, Inside Terrorism

Peter Bergen
Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation
Author, The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda

Juan Zarate
Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Former Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism

Glenn Carle
Former National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats
Author, The Interrogator: An Education (forthcoming)

Steve Coll
President, New America Foundation

10:45am to 12:15pm - Panel II: Domestic Threats, Counter-radicalization and Resilience [ VIDEO ]

Karen Greenberg
Executive Director, NYU Center on Law and Security
Author, The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days

Peter Neumann
Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, King’s College London
Author, Old and New Terrorism

Juliette Kayyem
Former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Homeland Security
Former Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA)

Barry C. Lynn
Director, Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative, New America Foundation
Author, End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation

Patrick Doherty
Director, Smart Strategy Initiative
New America Foundation

12:15pm to 12:30pm - Break

12:30pm to 1:30pm - Lunch Address [ VIDEO ]

Ambassador Daniel Benjamin
Coordinator for Counterterrorism, United States Department of State

Steve Coll
President, New America Foundation

1:30pm to 2:45pm - Panel III: Al Qaeda Affiliates in South Asia [ VIDEO ]

On Western recruits training in Pakistan’s FATA region
Paul Cruickshank
Terrorism Analyst, CNN
Alumni Fellow, NYU Center on Law and Security

On Lashkar-e-Taiba
Stephen Tankel (paper)
Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Author, Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba (forthcoming)

On the security situation in Pakistan
Christina Lamb
Washington Bureau Chief, The Sunday Times
Author, The Sewing Circles of Herat

Peter Bergen
Director, National Security Studies Program
New America Foundation

2:45pm to 4:15pm - Panel IV: Al Qaeda Affiliates in the Middle East and Africa [ VIDEO ]

On Al Qaeda in North Africa and the Sahel
Jean-Pierre Filiu
Professor, Sciences-Po
Author, Apocalypse in Islam

On Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
Christopher Boucek
Associate, Middle East Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

On al-Shabaab
Ken Menkhaus
Associate Professor of Political Science, Davidson College
Author, Somalia: State Collapse and the Threat of Terrorism

On the security situation in Somalia
John Sheehan
Former Researcher, UN Political Office for Somalia, Nairobi

LTC Joel Rayburn
U.S. Army
Military Fellow, New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 8:30am - 4:15pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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