The Jamestown Foundation’s 4th Annual Terrorism Conference
Thursday, December 9, 2010
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
$100 Per Person
$115 Late Registration Fee
(Early Bird Registration closes at 5 P.M. on Wednesday, December 8th)
$115 Late Registration Fee
(Early Bird Registration closes at 5 P.M. on Wednesday, December 8th)
*To Register for the December 9 Conference please visit our Registration Website.
*Members of the Friends of Jamestown Program will receive a 50% discount on conference admission.*
8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
Glen E. Howard
The Jamestown Foundation
Developments in the AF-PAK Frontier and Pakistan
9:00 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.
Moderator: Dr. Michael Ryan
The Jamestown Foundation
“The Af-Pak Imbroglio: The Present Status of the Pakistani Taliban:”
Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari
Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
“The Taliban Move North:
The Situation in Northern Afghanistan”
Muhammad Tahir (Invited)
Analyst, Radio Free Europe
“North Waziristan: The New Tinderbox?”
Executive Director, Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad
“The Punjabi Taliban: Status and Evolution”
Visiting Fellow, New York University
Q & A
10:15 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
10:30 A.M. – 11:45 P.M.
“Storming the World’s Stage:
The Evolution of Lashkar-i-Taiba”
Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace & PhD Candidate, Department of War Studies
“The LeT & its Relations with al-Qaeda”
Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
“Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Regional Strategies”
Animesh Roul (Invited)
Executive Director of Research, Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict
Luncheon and Keynote Address
12:15 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security
1:15 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Militant Movements in North Africa
1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.
Moderator: Geoff Porter
International Security Consultant
“New Developments in AQIM
& the Role of Sahel-Based Kidnapping in Funding Regional Operations”
North Africa Terrorism Analyst and PhD Candidate, King’s College
“Assessing France’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy in North Africa”
Senior Fellow, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (Paris) & Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC
“Oil, Water and Warfare in the Nile Basin: Security Implications of the South Sudan Independence Referendum”
Director, Aberfoyle International Security & Managing Editor of the Global Terrorism Analysis Program, The Jamestown Foundation
2:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Militant Movements in Yemen
3:00 P.M. – 4:15 P.M.
Moderator: Ambassador Edmund Hull
Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen
“Yemen’s Militant Movements”
CNRS/ANR Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman, Université de Provence
“Developments with the AQAP”
Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
“The Secessionist Movement in South Yemen”
Adjunct Professor, Rollins College
General Michael Hayden
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
4:15 –5:00 P.M.
Q & A
Imtiaz Ali is a Pakistan-based journalist working as a special correspondent for the Washington Post. Before this he was a correspondent for the BBC Pashto Service for about six years. He joined the BBC in 2001, reporting on the U.S. attack on the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Before the BBC, he was a print journalist and worked with Pakistan's premier English daily publications, The News and Dawn. Since 9/11, he has reported extensively on the Taliban, militancy in the border regions and Pakistan's military operations against al-Qaeda operatives and their local supporters in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Mr. Ali was a Knight Journalism Fellow at the John S. Knight Fellowships Program at Stanford during 2006-2007 and served as a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace in 2009.
Laurent Bonnefoy is a CNRS/ANR (French National Research Agency) post-doctoral fellow at the Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (Université de Provence). His research interests include transnational religious movements, Salafism, and Yemeni politics. He obtained his PhD in political science at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and worked with the French Centre for Archaeology and Social Sciences (Cefas) in Sanaa, Yemen.
Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari
Syed Adnan Ali Shah Bukhari is Associate Research Fellow and Team Leader of South and Central Asia Desk at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Dr Peter Chalk is a Senior Policy Analyst with the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California. He has worked on a range of projects examining transnational security threats in the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America and sub-Saharan Africa. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of terrorism, maritime crime and low-intensity conflict and is author of numerous books, book chapters and journal articles on these subjects. He has also testified on several occasions before the U.S. Congress and is a regular commentator on mainstream media outlets in the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe. Dr. Chalk is Associate Editor of Studies in Conflict Terrorism – one of the foremost journals in the international security field – and serves as an Adjunct Professor with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also a visiting scholar with the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York and a specialist correspondent for Jane’s Intelligence Review and Oxford Analytica in London, U.K. Prior to joining RAND, Dr Chalk was an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Strategic and Defense Studies Centre of the Australian National University, Canberra. Apart from his academic posts, Dr Chalk has acted as a research consultant in the UK, Canada and Australia and has experience with the UK Armed Forces.
Dario Cristiani is an expert on North Africa militant groups. He is a doctoral candidate at King's College, University of London. Previously, he has been a teaching fellow in Political Science and Comparative Politics at the University of Naples L'Orientale in Italy. His main areas of expertise are Security and International Relations of the Mediterranean and Central Asia, EU Foreign Policy and Comparative Politics.
Stephen Day is an adjunct professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and he also has taught at Stetson University in central Florida and St. Lawrence University in New York. He is the author of “Updating Yemeni National Unity: Could Lingering Regional Divisions Bring down the Regime?” Middle East Journal, Summer 2008 and a forthcoming book entitled Yemen Redivided: Twenty Years of National Unity in the Era of Al-Qaeda.
Imtiaz Gul, is currently the Executive Director of the Islamabad-based independent Centre for Research and Security Studies that he founded in December 2007, with the support of Germany’s Heinrich Boell Stiftung. The Centre is a research and advocacy outfit, focused primarily on security and governance.
Penguin-Viking India published Gul’s second book “The Al-Qaeda Connection – Taliban and Terror in Tribal Areas” on August 20, 2009, which profiles the evolution and nature of militancy in the Pak-Afghan border regions and how it fell under the influence of Al-Qaeda. Penguin US/UK published the revised edition of this book “The Most Dangerous Place – Pakistan’s Lawless Frontier” in June, 2010. Gul had published his first book " The Unholy Nexus; Pak-Afghan relations under the Taliban,” in July 2002, and also edited a book on "Islam and Liberalism", soon after the U.S-led coalition unleashed the controversial War on Terrorism in October 2001.
Alistair Harris is a former diplomat and UN staff member. He is an Associate Fellow at RUSI and frequent commentator for RUSI on Middle Eastern issues, as well Director of the research consultancy Pursue Ltd. A specialist in counter-radicalization, security sector assistance and post-conflict stabilization, he has worked in recent years in the Balkans, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon and Africa.
Alistair has a first class degree from Emmanuel College Cambridge and is a graduate student at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St Andrews University.
General Michael V. Hayden
As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Michael V. Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the US. Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence – and was the highest-ranking intelligence office in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service. General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in modern American history in 1969. He was a distinguished graduate of the university’s ROTC program, and began his active military service in 1969. He also did postgraduate work at the Defense Intelligence School conducted by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Edmund J. Hull served as the Ambassador of the United States to Yemen from 2001 to 2004. A career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Hull has also served in Cairo (twice), Tunis and Jerusalem. Assignments in Washington include Acting Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Director for UN Peacekeeping in the State Department and Director for Near East Affairs at the National Security Council. Ambassador Hull is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and studied for a year at Oxford University with Sir Michael Howard. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mahdia, Tunisia. He is married to Amal Abul Hajj and has two daughters, Leila and Lena.
Arif Jamal is an expert on Pakistani militant groups. He is currently a visiting fellow at the New York University and author of “Shadow War – The Untold Story of Jihad in Kashmir.”
Dr. Jean-Luc Marret is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations and a Senior Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, the leading think tank on international security issues in France. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor of US Foreign Policy, Counter-Terrorism, and the Middle East at the Special Military School of Saint-Cyr (the French West-Point). He is currently working on counter-terrorism, radicalism, WMD, and conflicts and conflict prevention (non-state actors, stabilization, civil/military affairs, NGOs, cultural intelligence) issues and has published numerous books in French and in Arabic. Dr. Marret speaks English, French, and German fluently and understands basic Italian and Arabic. He received his PhD in Arms Control and French Foreign Policy from the Université Paris II.
Dr. Andrew McGregor is Director of Aberfoyle International Security, a Toronto-based agency specializing in security issues related to the Islamic world. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto’s Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in 2000 and is a former Research Associate of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. In October 2007 he took over as managing editor of the Jamestown Foundation’s Global Terrorism Analysis publications. He is the author of an archaeological history of Darfur published by Cambridge University in 2001 and publishes frequently on international security issues. His latest book is A Military History of Modern Egypt, published by Praeger Security International in 2006. Dr. McGregor provides commentary on military and security issues for newspapers (including the New York Times and Financial Times), as well as making frequent appearances on radio (BBC, CBC Radio, VOA, Radio Canada International) and television (CBC Newsworld, CTV Newsnet, and others).
Geoff Porter is an independent international security consultant with a specialization in North Africa and the Sahara. Previously, Dr. Porter was a Managing Director with K2 Global Consulting, the international investigations firm. Dr. Porter has also served as Director of Middle East and Africa at Eurasia Group, the political risk consultancy. Prior to joining the private sector Dr. Porter was a professor of history and international relations at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Dr. Porter completed his PhD in Middle East and Islamic Studies at NYU and holds a Masters in Arabic and a BA in Islamic Studies also from NYU. He is fluent in Arabic and French and has published widely in the media and in specialized counter-terrorism publications.
Animesh Roul is a founding member and presently, the executive director of research at the New Delhi based “Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict”. Associated with a number of media and policy organizations in India and abroad, he has written articles in Terrorism Monitor, South Asia Intelligence Review, ISN Security Watch, Open Democracy, Peace and Conflict Monitor and NBR Analysis. Roul has recently contributed a research paper titled “Transnational Islam in India: Movements, Networks, and Conflict Dynamics," in National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) Special Report (April 2009), and “Islamic Terrorism in India: Organizations, Tentacles and Networks” in Studies and Comments, Hans Seidel Stiftung, Germany (Forthcoming, 2009). He is also the author of the Jamestown Foundation’s Occasional Paper, “Terrorist Financing Networks in South Asia” (forthcoming), October 2009. He obtained his Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and completed his Masters in Modern Indian History from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. Roul is the recipient of MacArthur Foundation’s Asia Security Initiative Blogger award in 2009 and he also blogs frequently at the Counterterrorism Foundation’s Blog on South Asian terrorism issues.
Dr. Michael W. S. Ryan is an independent consultant and researcher on Middle Eastern security issues and a Senior Research Associate at the Jamestown Foundation. Dr. Ryan has served as the Vice President of the Middle East Institute as well as Vice President at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (2007-2008), and as a Political-Military and foreign assistance specialist for the Departments of Defense and State with an emphasis on Middle East and North Africa (1979-1997). He is a former Fulbright Fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt. Dr. Ryan received his B.A. from St. John’s College and a PhD from Harvard University.
Amrullah Saleh served as the former head of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that, he lead Department One of NDS whose duties included liaison with foreign military, diplomatic, and intelligence organizations. In 1997, at the age of 24, he was appointed by Ahmad Shah Massoud to head the Aghan Nothern Alliance’s office in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where he served as an informal ambassador and coordinator of non-governmental organizations also handling contacts to the CIA. With the fall of the Taliban, he returned to Afghanistan and helped rebuild the country’s intelligence organization. Saleh was born in the Panjshir Province of Afghanistan in 1972 and holds an honorary Doctorate Degree in Analysis Science from Clearly University.
Muhammad Tahir is an author and journalist with over 12 years of first hand experience, specializing in South and Central Asian affairs, with particular focus on Afghanistan. Mr. Tahrir previously served as a regional correspondent for Turkish Television News Agency (IHA) in Islamabad and Kabul, and has personally witnessed the rise and fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the 1990s. For the last eight years he has been affiliated with RFE/RL. Being an ethnic Turkmen, is fluent in all regional languages spoken in South and Central Asia, he holds MA in PR from LaSalle University.
Stephen Tankel is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focuses on insurgency, terrorism, the evolution of non-state armed groups and militancy in South Asia. He is also an associate fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence and an adjunct staff member at the RAND Corporation, and previously served as coordinator of studies for the EastWest Institute. Tankel has conducted field research on conflicts and militancy in India, Pakistan, Lebanon, and the Balkans. He is currently completing a PhD in War Studies focusing on the evolution of jihadi groups since 9/11 and his new book, Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba, will be published jointly by Hurst & Co. and Columbia University Press this year. Tankel has also written on issues relating to terrorism, militancy, and radicalization for the Guardian, Foreign Policy, Jane’s Intelligence Weekly, and the CTC Sentinel.
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