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Global Counter Terrorism Conference

Day 1 – Tuesday 29th April 2014

Supported By janes

 

0900-0920   Coffee & Registration

0920-0930   Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction

Andrew Erving, Former Head of Counter-Terrorism Intelligence, GCHQ

COUNTERING GLOBAL TERRORISM

0930-1000   National Security, Human Rights and Risk Assessment

  • Pre-emptive and preventative counterterrorism measures in the UK applicable to external jurisdictions
  • Examples of UK counterterrorism measures
  • Assessing the effectiveness of counterterrorism measures and strategies

Christopher Wood, Barrister and PhD Researcher, Durham University

 

1000-1030   The CONTEST Strategy

  • Developments and improvements to protect the UK from terrorism
  • Implications of the increased terrorist threat to the UK and its overseas interests
  • Assessing potential threats - the challenge of cyber security
  • Strategies to address the changing nature of the terror threat to the UK

Charles Farr, Director General, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office

 

1030-1100   Global Terrorism and the Syrian Connection

  • Implications for terrorism from the evolving Syrian conflict
  • Reviewing the importance of Syria as the principal front in the global jihad
  • An assessment of jihadi migration as a terror threat in Europe and beyond

Dr Michael Rubin, The American Enterprise Institute

 

1100-1130   Coffee, Tea, Networking and Exhibition Visit

 

1130-1200   Preventing and Combatting Terrorism – A Global Assessment of Progress

  • The importance of regional cooperation and robust international collaboration in implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
  • The role of capacity building programmes as a cornerstone in countering terrorism
  • Strategies for countering the terrorist narrative

Jehangir Khan, Director a.i., Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office, United Nations

 

1200-1230   Responses to 21st Century Security Challenges

  • The impact of emerging security challenges in the fight against terrorism
  • Responses to the changing faces of transnational terrorism, the cyber threat and the enemy within
  • Achievements and future challenges

Dr Jamie Shea, Deputy ASG, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

 

1230-1300   Influences on Worldwide Terrorism and Transactional Crime

  • The worldwide competitive influence game for profit and politics
  • Current influence of Lebanese Hezbollah (LH) and Iranian Threat Networks (ITN) on terrorism and organised crime via worldwide Lebanese and Iranian Diasporas
  • Strategies and tactics for disrupting terrorism and violent criminal operations

Robert A. Albino, Lieutenant Colonel, Lead Counter Terrorism Planner, Western Europe Foreign Area Officer, US Army Europe

 

1300-1400   Lunch, Networking and Exhibition Visit

 

SECURING BRITIAN – ADDRESSING THE DOMESTIC TERRORIST THREAT

1400-1425   Understanding Terrorism in the UK

  • Impact of local and external factors on the domestic terrorist threat
  • Assessment of the evolution of terrorism and political violence in Northern Ireland
  • The role of prevention and de-radicalisation

Dr Douglas Weeks, Research Fellow, The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St Andrews Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV)

 

1425-1450   Safeguarding Citizens and Countering Terrorism

  • Assessment of the terrorist threat to the UK, both from al-Qaida related terrorism, Northern Ireland related terrorism and extreme right wing terrorism
  • The need for a review of anti-terrorism law and the breadth of the definition of terrorism
  • Possible future changes to UK anti-terrorism laws

David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

 

1450-1515   Preventing the Threat of Home-grown Terrorism

  • The role of policing in supporting and delivering Prevent
  • Mainstreaming Prevent into day to day policing
  • Success, challenges and future plans

Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick QPM, Metropolitan Police Service

 

1515-1540   Combating Extremism

  • Understanding the threat from home grown terror
  • The threats of far-right 'counter-Jihad' groups and Islamist extremism to the UK
  • The UK’s evolving counter-extremism conversation

Ghaffar Hussain, Head of Research, Quilliam

 

1540-1600   Panel Discussion & Q&A

1600-1630   Coffee, Tea, Networking and Exhibition Visit

 

RADICALISATION – THE THREAT TO EUROPE

1630-1650   Countering Populist Extremism in Europe

  • Why populist extremism is one of the most pressing challenges to democracies in Europe
  • Threats from the emergence of 'counter-Jihad' groups
  • The need to actively challenge counter-Jihad narratives

Dr Matthew Goodwin, Associate Fellow - Europe, Chatham House and Associate Professor, School of Politics and IR, University of Nottingham

 

1650-1710   Radicalisation in the Digital Era

  • Overview of the internet as a domain of activity for terrorist activities
  • The evidence on online radicalisation
  • The role of the internet in accelerating the radicalisation process
  • The need for an effective and appropriate counter-narrative

Ines von Behr, Analyst, RAND Europe

 

1710-1730   Community Based Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Extremism Tools

  • Overview of the “Community Coaching” developed and introduced by the Centre for Democratic Culture (ZDK) in Berlin
  • Using community based tools and analyses– originally designed to counter right-wing extremism – to counter militant Salafism.

Daniel Köhler, Director of Research Operations, The Institute for the Study of Radical Movements (ISRM)

 

1730-1745   Panel Discussion & Q&A

1745   Chairman's Closing Remarks & Close of Day One

Day 2 - Wednesday 30 April 2014

0900-0920   Coffee & Registration

0920-0930   Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction

Dr Dave Sloggett, Author and Independent Academic

 

IMPACT OF GLOBAL EXTERNAL THREATS

0930-0950   Boko Haram - Implications for Global Terrorism

  • An assessment of Boko Haram's success in targeting US and Nigerian interests
  • Public perception of Boko Haram and the government response to the insurgency
  • Possible future capabilities for attacks beyond Nigeria

Bernard Nnamdi, Associate Professor, Nizwa College of Applied Sciences, Oman

 

0950-1010   The Impact of the Muslim Brotherhood's Fall

  • Implications of the removal of President Mohamad Mursi - likely timeframes and scales
  • Impact in Egypt and elsewhere in North Africa
  • Long term consequences for the Gulf

George Readings, Senior Editor, Stirling Assynt

 

1010-1035   The Diversified Threat from al-Qaida

  • Assessment of the transnational influence of al-Qaida
  • Attack plans for the global al-Qaida movement
  • Impact of geographical diversity and targeted attacks
  • An assessment of the Westgate attack

Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Research Fellow, Counter-Terrorism, RUSI

 

1035-1100   Jihadi-Salafism's Next Generation

  • Impact of popular uprisings across North Africa on jihadi-salafism
  • A new extremism based on social activism and outreach to target fragile states and divided societies
  • Assessing the impact on the region’s future and extended influence

Haim Malka, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow in the Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

1100-1120   Coffee, Tea, Networking and Exhibition Visit

 

1120-1145   The Global Terrorism Context

  • A global security assessment
  • Consequences of the unravelling Arab Spring and Al-Qaida’s changing tactics
  • Hezbollah’s emergence as the Shia counterbalance to the Sunni al-Qaida movement
  • What this means for international terrorism now and in the immediate future

Dr Dave Sloggett, Author and Independent Academic

 

1145-1210   Drugs and Terrorism: Myths and Realities

  • The interconnection between the drug trade and terrorism
  • The challenges 'narco-terrorism' presents governance, society and international security
  • Issues with current assessments of the security threat
  • Why important underlying issues including weak governance, corruption and poor economic and social policies must be addressed

Benoît Gomis, Research Analyst, International Security Research Department, Chatham House

 

1210-1235   Terrorism in the Middle East - Socio-cultural Metrics

  • Why younger generations have set themselves against the social system and the state in the industrially developed democracies
  • Why states with authoritarian rule create a strong attraction to terrorism
  • The part the media plays in the simulation of and fight against terrorism

Professor Debashis Chakrabarti, Professor and Head of the Department of Communication Studies, Ministry of Higher Education, Oman

 

1235-1300  Maritime Terrorism - Is History Repeating Itself?

  • The extent to which maritime terrorism is a risk – a vulnerability assessment
  • Focus on countries which have been victims of maritime terrorism
  • Implications of the wide networking of al-Qaida across the Indian Ocean region
  • The need to acknowledge the evolution of new forms of terrorism

Ms Riddhi Shah, Research Associate, National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi

 

1235-1300   Panel Discussion and Q&A

1300-1400   Lunch, Networking and Exhibition Visit

 

INFLUENCES ON THE FUTURE OF TERRORISM

1400-1425   Snowden - Hero or Traitor?

  • The effect of NSA leaks on public confidence in state security
  • The damage done to transatlantic relations, to public confidence in the security and intelligence agencies, and to the image of the West abroad
  • Implications for state security in the future

Edward Lucas, Senior Editor, The Economist

 

1425-1450   Improving Threat Assessment - Europe's Shared View of Extremism

  • Weaknesses in Europe's transnational counter terrorism effort
  • The extent of a shared perception of the threat among European Union member states
  • Assessment of previous levels of genuine baseline terrorist threat assessment
  • Improvements in the depiction of national threat perception in the last 5 years

Chris Tomlinson BSc (Hons) MSc CSyP FSyI MCGI, Senior Consultant - Resilience, Security & Risk, Arup

 

1450-1515   The Threat from Solo Terrorists

  • The creativity and level of sophistication demonstrated by solo terrorists
  • The challenge these actors represent for security services and law enforcement agencies
  • Examples of solo terrorists including Swedish Malmö-shooter Peter Mangs

Cato Hemmingby, Research Fellow, Norwegian Police University College

 

1515-1540   Crowdsourcing Counter Terrorism

  • The role of social and mobile media for advancing public knowledge and assisting law enforcement
  • Lessons and advances from the Boston Marathon bombing
  • Incorporating social and mobile media information to support and corroborate investigations
  • Managing the dangers of crowdsourcing a serious criminal investigation
  • Advantages and possibilities from combining traditional and open-source intelligence

Professor Babak Akhgar, PhD, FBCS, Professor of Informatics - Sheffield Hallam University and Director of CENTRIC

 

1540-1605   Lessons from Syrian Chemical Warfare Incidents           

  • Implications for protection, decontamination, munitions countermeasures, emergency management, forensics and intelligence
  • The 8/21 Ghouta incident - a case study

Dan Kaszeta, Senior Research Fellow, International Institute of Nonproliferation Studies

     

1605-1630  Bio-terrorism - Are we Secure or Just Prepared?

  • Assessment of the risks from biomedical advances in the production of biological weapons
  • Consequences potential breaches of bio-security and the impact for nation states
  • Biological agents - how much an increasing threat to national security?
  • The importance of bio-surveillance, prevention and appropriate response

David M Love, BVMS MRCVS DVA, Veterinary Public Health Consultant

 

1630   Chairman's Closing Remarks & Close of Global Counter Terrorism Conference

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