ARTIS Seminar Series on Political Violence

 Each seminar, hosted by the Center on Terrorism and sponsored ARTIS, focuses on a singular aspect of terrorism.  An invited speaker presents on a topic and a question-and-answer period follows. The seminars are free and open to the public,  they are also a core component of the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies curriculum offered through the center.  We warmly welcome all those interested in  or currently working in the field of terrorism.  This is an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas helpful to the academic and practitioner alike.

Please Note: From the 1st of March 2013, we will be video-taping the seminars. More info here.

Spring 2016 Friday Seminar Schedule 

February 19, John Horgan – From Cubs to Lions: Children and the Islamic State”

March 4,  Dustin Lewis –   “Wartime Medical Care for Terrorists”

March 18, Paul Pillar –  “Terrorism and Current U.S. Foreign Policy Issues”

April 1, John Mueller & Mark Stewart –  “Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism”

April 15, Scott Shane –  “American on the Kill List”





February 19, with John Horgan

John Horgan is Professor at the Global Studies Institute and Department of Psychology, at Georgia State University.  He has a BA and PhD in applied psychology, and his research focuses on terrorism and political violence – specifically on understanding psychological qualities of pathways into, through, and out of terrorism. John has previously held positions at the University of Massachusetts, Penn State University, the University of St. Andrews, UK, and University College, Cork, Ireland. His most recent books include The Psychology of Terrorism published in July 2014, Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland’s Dissident Terrorists, Walking Away from Terrorism: Accounts of Disengagement from Radical and Extremist Movements, Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective DisengagementTerrorism Studies: A Reader, and The Future of Terrorism. He is Editor of the journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, and serves on the editorial boards of Terrorism and Political ViolenceLegal and Criminological Psychology, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Journal of Strategic Security. His research has been featured in such venues as The New York Times, VICE News, New York Magazine, TIME, CNN, NBC, Rolling Stone, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Time: 3 – 5 PM — Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Harran Hall T630

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March 4, with Dustin Lewis

Dustin A. Lewis is a Senior Researcher at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. He is also an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. With a focus on public international law sources and methodologies, Mr. Lewis leads research projects on the theoretical underpinnings and application of international norms related to contemporary challenges concerning armed conflict. He explores legal, policy, and ethical dimensions of such topics as wartime medical care for terrorists; extraterritorial use of lethal force; the goals of war and the end

of war; and dilemmas at the intersection of counterterrorism frameworks and principled humanitarian action. Mr. Lewis is also keenly interested in the legal, normative, and strategic implications of the development and use of new technologies in war. He regularly briefs government officials, United Nations system actors, members of the media, and NGOs on academic and policy research.  

Time: 3 – 5 PM — Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Harran Hall T630

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March 18, with Paul Pillar

Dr. Pillar is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Center for Security Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He also is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and an Associate Fellow of the Geneva Center for Security Policy. He retired in 2005 from a 28-year career in the U.S. intelligence community, in which his last position was National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia. Earlier he served in a variety of analytical and managerial positions, including as chief of analytic units at the CIA covering portions of the Near East, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. Dr. Pillar also served in the National Intelligence Council as one of the original members of its Analytic Group. He has been Executive Assistant to CIA’s Deputy Director for Intelligence and Executive Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster. He has also headed the Assessments and Information Group of the DCI Counterterrorist Center, and from 1997 to 1999 was deputy chief of the center. He was a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution in 1999-2000. Dr. Pillar was a visiting professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University from 2005 to 2012.

Dr. Pillar received an A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, a B.Phil. from Oxford University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is a retired officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and served on active duty in 1971-1973, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He is the author of Negotiating Peace: War Termination as a Bargaining Process (Princeton University Press, 1983); Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy (Brookings Institution Press, 2001; second edition 2003); Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11, and Misguided Reform (Columbia University Press, 2011); and Why America Misunderstands the World: National Experience and Roots of Misperception (Columbia University) .

Time: 3 – 5 PM — Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Harran Hall T630

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John_MuellerApril 1, with John Mueller & Mark Stewart

John Mueller is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a member of the political science department and senior research scientist with the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University. He is a leading authority on terrorism and particularly on the reactions it often inspires. He is the co-author (with Mark G. Stewart) of the forthcoming book, Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism, published in November 2015. His last book, Terror, Security and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits and Costs of Homeland Security (also with Mark G. Stewart) was published in September 2011 by Oxford University Press. Mueller is also the author of a multiple-prize-winning book analyzing public opinion during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, War, Presidents and Public Opinion and of Retreat from Doomsday: The Obsolescence of Major War, which deals with changing attitudes toward war. He has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. He previously taught while a part of the faculty at the University of Rochester. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He received both his M.A. and PhD in Political Science from UCLA.

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Mark G. Stewart is Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability at The University of Newcastle in Australia.  He is the co-author of Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Engineering Systems, the newly released Chasing Ghosts: Policing Terrorism, and Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security, as well as more than 300 technical papers and reports. He has more than 25 years of experience in probabilistic risk and vulnerability assessment of infrastructure and security systems that are subject to man-made and natural hazards. Stewart has received over $4 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) support in the past 12 years. Stewart also leads a consortium of five universities in Australia for the $3.5 million CSIRO Flagship Cluster Fund project Climate Adaptation Engineering for Extreme Events (CAEx). The CAEx Cluster is assessing the impact of climate change on damage and safety risks to infrastructure, and assessing the cost-effectiveness of engineering adaptation strategies. The three year project will be completed in 2015. Stewart received a BE from Monash University in 1984, and a PhD from The University of Newcastle in 1988.

Time: 3 – 5 PM — Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Harran Hall T630




April 15, with Scott Shane

Scott Shane is a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, where he covers national security. His new book, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President and the Rise of the Drone, examines the life and death of the late American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011 at the orders of President Obama. In addition to the debate over terrorism and targeted killing, he has written on the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden’s leaked documents; WikiLeaks and confidential State Department cables; and the Obama’s administration’s prosecution of leaks of classified information, including a lengthy profile of John Kiriakou, the first C.I.A. officer to be imprisoned for leaking. During the Bush administration, he wrote widely on the debate over torture, and his 2007 articles on interrogation, written with several colleagues, were a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also written on the anthrax investigation, the evolving terrorist threat, the government’s secret effort to reclassify historical documents and the explosion in federal contracting.

From 1983 to 2004, he was a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, covering a range of beats from courts to medicine and writing series of articles on brain surgery, schizophrenia, a drug corner, guns and crime and other topics. He was The Sun’s Moscow correspondent from 1988 to 1991 and wrote a book on the Soviet collapse, Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union, which the Los Angeles Times described as “one of the essential works on the fall of the Soviet Union.” In 1995, he co-wrote a six-part explanatory series of articles on the National Security Agency, the first major investigation of NSA since James Bamford’s 1982 book The Puzzle Palace. Additionally, his series on a public health project in Nepal won the nation’s top science-writing award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001.

Time: 3 – 5 PM  — Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New Building, Room L2.84

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