Today's Terrorism: Today's Counter-terrorism






On November 3, 2014, the Center hosted Today's Terrorism: Today's Counter-terrorism, a day-long conference that gathered some of the country's leading experts in counter-terrorism strategy, counter-radicalization efforts, and national security practice to promote critical thinking about the pressing questions surrounding the threat of international terrorism today. The conference drew over 500 participants from law enforcement, public policy, and major media outlets. In his much-publicized keynote address, FBI Director James Comey discussed several national security issues, including the recruitment policies of ISIS and other extremist groups, as well as the implications of the encryption of data by companies like Google and Apple. 


Watch videos of the entire conference here:


James Comey was appointed FBI Director in September 2013. A New York Native, Comey graduated from the College of William & Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. Following law school, Comey served as assistant United States attorney for both the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Virginia. In 2003, he became the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice. Comey left the DOJ in 2005 to serve as general counsel and senior VP at Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its general counsel.

David Raskin is a partner in the international law firm Clifford Chance. He was, for many years, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he worked on complicated terrorism cases. Raskin was lead prosecutor in the 9/11 terrorism cases. 

Dr. Nelly Lahoud is a Senior Fellow for Political Islamism at the International Institute for Strategic Studies-Middle East. Her recent research has focused on the ideology and evolution of al Qaeda and ISIS. She was lead author in Letters from Abbottabad, the report that analyzed declassified documents captured in Osama bin Laden's compound. Dr. Lahoud's other publications also include: The Group That Calls Itself a State: Understanding the Evolution and Challenges of the Islamic State, "The Neglected Sex: The Jihadis' Exclusion of Women from Jihad," Terrorism and Political ViolenceJihadi Discourse in the Wake of the Arab Spring, and The Jihadis' Path to Self-Destruction, among others. 

Matthew Glen Olsen is Prosecutor and former Director of the National Counter-terrorism Center. He has worked for over two decades as a top government official on national secutiy, intelligence and law enforcement issues. Mr. Olsen  is responsible for leading IronNet's consulting services, providing strategic and operational guidance to companies on cybersecurity and cyber threats. He also served at the Department of Justice in a number of leadership positions, and has also served as Special Counsel to the Director of the Federal Bureau in Washington. Mr. Olsen is a lecturer at Harvard Law School and a national security analyst for ABC News. 

Rebecca Weiner is the director of intelligence for the NYPD. Prior to joining the NYPD, she was the International Security Program research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

Peter Bergen is a print, television and web journalist, documentary producer, think tank director and the author of four books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers. He is Vice President and Director of the Fellows Programs and the International Security Program at New America in Washington D.C., Professor of Practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University where he is the co-director of the Center on the Future of War. Bergen is also CNN's national security analyst and a fellow at Fordham University's Center on National Security.

Deborah Feyerick is an award-winning National Correspondent at CNN specializing in crime and terrorism. Feyerick's in-depth investigative reports focus on cyber-security threats and the vulnerability of U.S. infrastructur and  jihadi recruitment. She has developed an extensive knowledge of terror groups, witnessing in-person multiple al Qaeda linked operatives and lone wolf terrorists. She has covered the trials and hearings of the alleged Boston Bomber, the Underwear Bomber, 9/11's Zacarias Moussaoui, the U.S. Embassy bombers and the American Taliban John Walker Lindh, among others.