International Terrorism Conference 2008

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The International Terrorism Conference 2008 was a policy conference held on 2-3 October 2008 by the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence in cooperation with the Royal United Services Institute. The conference was called, "Countering 'Jihadist' Terrorism: Regional and Country Perspectives". It was sponsored by the security technology company Smiths Detection. The conference was held over two days with the first day focued on approaches to counterterrorism, and the second on "the important role of the private sector, both as a contributor to CT efforts and, together with the public sector, as a potential target to be protected."[1]

Speakers including numerous experts from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence as well as senior figures from the policy world including the Prime Minister's Secuirty Advisor Lord West of Spithead, The Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety, Tony McNulty and an unnamed "Senior Whitehall Official". [2] The BBC's Frank Gardner also spoke.

The Programme

International Terrorism Conference 2008

Thursday 2nd October

0830-0900 REGISTRATION & COFFEE
0900-0905 ADMINISTRATIVE REMARKS

0920-1115 SESSION ONE: Multilateral perspectives
CHAIR: Dr Brian Lang
Principal, University of St. Andrews
SPEAKERS:
Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, United Nations
Former Secretary-General of NATO
Head, Action Against Terrorism Unit, OSCE
Clingendael Institute, The Hague; former EU CT Coorindator

1115 - 1145 MORNING TEA & COFFEE


0920-1115 SESSION TWO: Hotspots of 'Jihadist' terrorism

CHAIR: Simon Manley
Director for Defence and Strategic Threats, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Michael Boyle
CSTPV, University of St. Andrews
Terrorism, Civil War and Resistance in Iraq

Abdel Bari Atwan
Editor in Chief, Al-Quds al-Arabi

Professor Max Taylor
CSTPV, University of St. Andrews
Somalia and the Horn of Africa

Lianne Kennedy-Boudali
RAND, Washington D.C.
Maghreb and North Africa


1330 - 1430 LUNCH


<p>1430 - 1630 SESSION THREE: Country and regional perspectives

CHAIR: Professor Michael Clarke
Director, RUSI

SPEAKERS:

Senior Whitehall Official
UK Perspectives

Ekaterina Stepanova
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Caucasus and Central Asia

Gregory Berry
Political Minister Counselor, United States Embassy, London


1630 - 1700 AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE


1430 - 1630 SESSION FOUR: Where do we stand?

CHAIR: Stephen Phipson
Group Managing Director, Smiths Detection

KEYNOTE: Rt. Hon. Tony McNulty MP
Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety


1815 EVENING RECEPTION


Friday 3rd October

0900 – 0930 REGISTRATION & COFFEE


0930 – 1100 SESSION FIVE: Protection against terrorism: The role of public-private partnerships

CHAIR: Stephen Cummings
Director, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)

SPEAKERS:

CPNI Speaker

Stephen Phipson
Group Managing Director, Smiths Detection

DCI Chris Phillips
Dead of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO)


1100 – 1130 MORNING TEA & COFFEE


1130 - 1230 SESSION SIX: Measuring success and failure in terrorism and counter terrorism

CHAIR: Professor Ali Watson
Head of the School of International Relations
University of St. Andrews

SPEAKERS:

Professor Marco Lombardi
Director, ITSTIME, Catholic University of Milan
Al Qaeda’s Metrics of Global JIhad

Abdel Bari Atwan
Editor in Chief, Al-Quds al-Arabi

Professor Alex P. Schmid
Director, CSTPV
US Government Metrics of the Global War on Terror


1230 - 1330 LUNCH


1330 – 1500 SESSION SEVEN: Preventing terrorism: Counter-radicalisation straegies

CHAIR: Robert Lambert
CSTPV, University of St. Andrews

SPEAKERS:

Professor Fernando Reinares
Elcano Institute, Madrid

Theo Bot
Deputy National Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Formerly, Deputy Director, AIVD, Netherlands

Professor Tore Bjorgo
Police University College, Oslo, Norway


1500 - 15030 AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE


1530 – 1700 PANEL DISCUSSION: Countering ‘Jihadist’ terrorism: Re-thinking strategy

CHAIR: Sir David Omand GCB
Vice President, RUSI

PANELISTS:

Admiral The Lord West of Spithead
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Security and Counterterrorism

Sir David Veness
Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, United Nations

Frank Gardner
Security Correspondent, BBC

M.J. Gohel
CEO Asia-Pacific Foundation


1700 – 1715 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

Professor Louise Richardson
Executive Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advances Study, Harvard University, incoming Principal, University of St. Andrews

Notes

  1. RUSI, International Terrorism Conference 2008 (accessed 16 October 2008)
  2. Programme (PDF) for the International Terrorism Conference 2008