Past Seminars

Fall 2015 Schedule

September 18- Days of Rage -with Bryan Burrough

 Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair magazine and has been writing for them since 1992 where he has reported from locales as diverse as Hollywood, Nepal, Moscow, Tokyo and Jerusalem.  Additionally, he is the author of six books, including the No. 1 New York Times Best-Seller, Barbarians at the Gate, which spent 39 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and his latest, Days of Rage. He is also a three-time winner of the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism.

 Bryan was raised in Temple, Texas, and received his B.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1983. From 1983 to 1992 he was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he reported from Dallas, Houston, and Pittsburgh.

 In addition, he has also done consulting work for “60 Minutes” and various Hollywood studios including on the set for the classic film Public Enemies, which was released in 2009, based on his book, Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI. Bryan has authored numerous book reviews and OpEd articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. He has appeared on “Today,” “Good Morning America,” and in many documentary films as well.

 Time: 3 – 5 PM  — Location:  John Jay College of Criminal Justice — 524 W 59th Street, New Building, Room L63 – New York

October 9-  Debating the Meaning of Symptoms Among Guantanamo Detainees with Dr. Neil Aggarwal

Dr. Neil Krishan Aggarwal is a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Aggarwal is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, received his Master’s from Harvard University in South Asian religions and anthropology, and completed his psychiatry training at Yale University. .   His research interests are in cultural psychiatry, psychiatric anthropology, and global mental health, particularly among South Asian and Middle Eastern populations. 

Aggarwal recently authored an article on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report regarding American use of torture this past December entitled, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program, where he explores government accountability in relation to detainee interrogations. His most recent work is the book entitled, Mental Health in the War on Terror: Culture, Science and Statecraft, which analyzes the relationship between the government and mental health professionals in advancing national security interests. Bioethical debates are examined in terms of whether mental health professionals should do no harm or participate in interrogations.  Additional debates center on the meanings of detainee mental health symptom in the Guantanamo tribunals, the focus of today’s presentation.  The book explores the theory that the War on Terror has pushed American government officials to treat terrorism as a military problem requiring new forms of mental health knowledge, practice, and institutions rather than a law enforcement problem handled through extant institutions. His next book, The Taliban’s Virtual Emirate, is scheduled for release in 2016.

 Time: 3 – 5 PM   — Location:  John Jay College of Criminal Justice — 524 W 59th Street, New Building, Room L63 – New York

October 30 – Palestinian Division and the Struggle for Statehood  with Khalil Shikaki

Khalil Shikaki is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, Palestine. Since 2005 he has been a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1985, and taught at several Palestinian and American universities. Between 1996-1999, Dr. Shikaki served as Dean of Scientific Research at al Najah University in Nablus. He spent the summer of 2002 as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Since 1993, Dr. Shikaki has conducted more than 200 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and dozens of joint polls among Palestinians and Israelis since 2000.

 Between 1998-1999, Dr. Shikaki led a group of more than 25 Palestinian and foreign experts on Palestinian institution building. The findings of the group were published in a Council on Foreign Relations’ report, Strengthening Palestinian Public Institutions (New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1999). Shikaki and his colleague Dr. Yezid Sayigh were the principal authors of the report.

 Dr. Shikaki’s research has focused primarily on the peace process, Palestinian state building, public opinion, transition to democracy, and the impact of domestic Palestinian politics on the peace process. He is the co-author of the annual report of the Arab Democracy Index and a member of the Steering Committee of the Arab Barometer, two initiatives led by the Arab Reform Initiative. His recent publications include; The Future of Israel-Palestine: a one-state reality in the making, NOREF Report, May 2012; Coping with the Arab Spring; Palestinian Domestic and Regional Ramifications,  Middle East Brief, no. 58, Crown Center for Middle East Policy, Brandeis University, December 2011; Public Opinion in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Public Imperative During the Second Intifada, with Yaacov Shamir, 2010; and Palestine 1993-2006: Failed Peacebuilding, Insecurity and Poor Governance.

 Time: 3 – 5 PM   — Location:  John Jay College of Criminal Justice — 524 W 59th Street, BMW Building, Training Rooms 615/616 – New York

November 13  – Black Swans and Burstiness: Countering Myths About Terrorism with Gary LaFree

  Gary LaFree is professor of criminology and criminal justice and director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. During 2005-2006, Dr. LaFree served as president of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and was named a fellow of the ASC in 2006. He has also served as the past president of the ASC’s Division on International Criminology, the chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Crime, Law and Deviance, the Executive Board of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Executive Committee of the Justice Research Statistics Association. While at the University of Maryland, Dr. LaFree has been a founding member of the Democracy Collaborative and an invited member of the National Consortium of Violence Research.  Dr. LaFree has written over 80 articles and book chapters and five books, mostly looking at criminal and political violence His most recent book, titled Criminology Theory and Terrorism: New Applications and Approaches, was co-authored with Dr. Joshua Freilich of John Jay College.  He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 1979.

 Time: 3 – 5 PM    — Location:  John Jay College of Criminal Justice — 524 W 59th Street, New Building, Room L63 – New York

December 4 –  State of Play: ISIS on Social Media with J.M. Berger

J.M. Berger is a nonresident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy. With roots in newspaper journalism, Berger is an author and analyst studying extremism. He is the author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the first definitive history of American involvement in jihadist movements, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror, with Jessica Stern. Berger has written extensively on the evolution of Al-Qaida and the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS). He interviewed American al-Shabab member Omar Hammami at length and published a widely read account of their interactions after the jihadist was killed by his former allies in 2013.

Berger is especially known for his research into the tactics of extremists on social media. In addition to important articles on the subject for The Atlantic and Foreign Policy, he co-authored the 2013 study Who Matters Online: Measuring influence, evaluating content and countering violent extremism in online social networks, which introduced new analytical techniques for understanding extremist social networks. He expanded on these techniques in 2015 with The ISIS Twitter Census, published by the Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. 

In 2004, Berger founded, a website publishing investigative journalism, analysis, and primary source documents on terrorism and international security, including exclusive declassified documents on the September 11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing.

Berger has written for Politico, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Daily Beast Nature, and the CTC Sentinel, and previously worked as a producer for National Public Radio and Public Radio International. He also trains and consults for law enforcement and government agencies on issues related to countering violent extremism and advanced social media analysis.

  Time: 3 – 5 PM   — Location:  John Jay College of Criminal Justice  524 W 59th Street, Harran Hall, T630 – New York

Spring 2015 Schedule

February 13 – Financing Terrorism with Juan Zarate

 Juan Zarate’s most recent book is the authoritative Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare.  His study has reimagined sanctions and other forms of financial pressures to exert on terrorist groups and thus creatively expanded this area of countering violent extremism.

Zarate presently serves as a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as well as the senior national security analyst for CBS News, and national security and financial integrity consultant.  He served as a deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism from 2005 – 2009 during the George Bush Administration. He was responsible for implementing the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism policy and strategy related to transnational security threats.  He was the first assistant secretary of the treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes and played a large role in the global hunt pertaining to Saddam Hussein’s assets.  Zarate is also a former federal prosecutor and served on several prosecution teams prior to 9/11, including the investigation into the USS Cole attack. He has had a variety of news articles published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Quarterly, including but not limited to his own weekly national security program on entitled Flash Points.  Zarate graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University; cum laude graduate status from Harvard Law School; and is presently a member of the California Bar.

Time: 3 – 5 PM   Location: John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, Room L2.84


 February 27 – Bringing Peace to Northern Ireland with John Thomas Alderdice; Baron Alderdice

 We are especially honored to have Lord Alderdice as our guest on February 27th.   He was one of the leading figures in the peace process in Northern Ireland and is widely recognized for his role in turning a land filled with anguish and violence into a complex but mostly nonviolent society.  Since his work in Northern Ireland, Lord Alderdice has assumed a post at Oxford University as a Research Associate in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography as well as a Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Relations.  Lord Alderdice also serves as the Director of the Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC), which has been newly established at Harris Manchester College.

 Lord Alderdice received his education from Ballymena Academy in Northern Ireland and went on to study medicine at Queen’s University in Belfast.  He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London. Lord Alderdice has been a member of the Alliance Party since 1978 after which he became and Alliance Party leader in 1987.  He was elected to Belfast City Council in 1989 and in 1988 he was appointed as Ireland’s first consultant psychotherapist.  He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queens University and holds and Honorary Chair in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of San Marcos, Lima. Lord Alderdice founded the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations and from 1993-1997, served as Executive Medical Director of one of Northern Ireland’s largest health care trusts.  In 1999 he was awarded the Medal of Excellence from the College of Physicians of Peru, for his work in the field of psychoanalysis and conflict resolution.  He has served as Vice-President of Liberal International and became Chair of its Committee on Human Rights in 1999 after which he was elected Deputy President in 2000.  Lord Alderdice was also appointed as Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 and held the office until 2004.  In 2003 he was appointed a Member of the Independent Monitoring Commission. He is currently Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Northern Ireland and Convener of the Liberal Democrat Peers. Lord Alderdice has been awarded several honors including; the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Aware in 1998; the W. Averell Harriman Democracy Aware in 1998; the Silver Medal of Congress of Peru in 1999 and 2004, the Medal of Honor, College of Medicine of Peru 1999, and the Freedom of the City of Baltimore in 1991.

Time: 3 – 5 PM   Location: John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, Room L2.84

Readings: Group Identity and the Roots of TerrorismLeadership and ending a Terrorist CampaignOn the Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism


March 20 – The Struggle for Israel with Bruce Hoffman

Bruce Hoffman will present from his new book, “Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947” published by Knopf.  The book is a case study of how Britain responded to both Arab and Jewish terrorism during the period it governed Palestine after 1917.  It specifically asks the question whether terrorism is a successful strategy and, if so, under what circumstances and conditions.  This general issue of whether terrorism works is one that must be confronted and understood.

 As always, we will have copies of “Anonymous Soldiers” for sale at the seminar.

 Professor Hoffman is the author of the widely cited Inside Terrorism that has been described as the “best one volume introduction to this phenomenon” by the Washington Post, along with many other volumes and numerous articles.  He is one of a handful of truly outstanding scholars in the field.

 Having studied terrorism over 30 years, Hoffman is currently the Director of the Security Studies Program and Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington DC.  He previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation as well as RAND’s acting Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy.  He served as a Scholar-In Residence at the CIA between 2004 and 2006; advisor on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq; an advisor on counterinsurgency to the Strategy and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters in Baghdad; a member of the National Security Preparedness group, the successor to the 9/11 Commission; a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC; and a Senior Fellow at the US Military Academy, West Point.  He serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program for Human Rights Watch in New York City as well as a member of the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs Home Team Academy Advisory Panel, a member of the Jamestown Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the board of advisors to the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. 

Time: 3 – 5 PM   Location: John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, Room L2.84


April 17 Media and Terrorism with Brigitte Nacos

 Brigitte Nacos received her PhD from Columbia University. She is a journalist, author, and for more than two decades an adjunct Professor of Political Science. She is the author of Mass-Mediated Terrorism: The Central Role of the Media in Terrorism and Counterterrorism; Selling Fear: Counterterrorism, the Media and Public Opinion; and Terrorism and Counterterrorism (4th Edition).She lectures frequently at the NATO “Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism” in Ankara, Turkey, and is a member of the three-person Academic Advisory Board of the European Union-funded academic research network on “Violent Online Political Extremism and Responses to It.”

Time: 3 – 5 PM   Location: John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, Room L2.84


 May 1On the Ground with ISIS in Iraq with Scott Atran

Our colleague at John Jay, Scott Atran, recently spent several weeks on the front lines in Iraq with the Pesh Merga interviewing them and captured ISIS soldiers about their experiences, beliefs, commitments, and lives.  It was not always easy.  The enemy was a mere mile away, mortors exploded nearby, and at night ISIS fighters crept close and would engage in fighting at first light.  Professor Atran published several short pieces in the New York Times and elsewhere about his findings but in this seminar will talk at greater length about his experiences.  There is no one better informed about ISIS, and Atran’s first-hand account will provide our community an ususual opportunity to gain insight into this fearsome terrorist threat.

 Scott Atran, PhD., is Research Director in Anthropology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research, Institut Jean Nicod-Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris. He also holds positions as Presidential Scholar, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York; Senior Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford Univ.; Visiting Prof., Psychology and Public Policy, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Director of Research, ARTIS Research and Risk Modeling. For more information, see and

 Previously, Professor Atran was assistant to Dr. Margaret Mead at the American Museum of Natural History; Coordinator “Animal and Human Communication Program,” Royaumont Center for a Science of Man, Paris (Jacques Monod, Dir.); member of the Conseil Scientifique, Laboratoire d’Ethnobiologie-Biogéographie, Museum National D’Historie Naturelle, Paris; Visiting Lecturer, Dept. Social Anthropology, Cambridge Univ.; Chargé de Conférence, Collège International de Philosophie; member of the Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris; Visiting Prof., Truman Institute, Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem; Leverhulme Distinguished Visiting Prof. of Anthropology, Univ. of London-Goldsmiths.

 Scott Atran is a recurrent contributor to the The New York Times, Foreign Policy and Psychology Today, as well as to professional journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. His publications include Cognitive Foundations of Natural History: Towards an Anthropology of Science (Cambridge Univ. Press), In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (Oxford Univ. Press), The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature (MIT Press), and Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists (HarperCollins & Penguin). His work and life have been featured around the world, including a cover story of the New York Times Magazine and by Reuters, AP, Agence France-Presse, Wall Street JournalNewsweek, TimeDiscover, Scientific American, New Scientist, The Guardian, Financial Times, El Mundo & El País (Spain), Nouvel Observateur & La Recherche (France), Der Spiegel (Germany), Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy), BBC World Service, CTV (Canada), NPR, ABC, MSNBC, FOX and CNN.

Time: 3 – 5 PM   Location: John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, Room L2.84


Fall 2014 Schedule

September 19 – Boko Haram’s Grand Strategy: Trajectories of Jihad in Nigeria and West Africa  with Jacob Zenn

Jacob Zenn’s most recent book is “Northern Nigeria’s Boko Haram: The Prize in al-Qaeda’s African Strategy.”  This extraordinarily violent jihadist group is firmly planted in northern Nigeria and became infamous because of their kidnapping of over 250 teenage girls who, after four months, still have not been recovered.

Zenn is an analyst of African and Eurasian Affairs for The Jamestown Foundation as well as a consultant on the Countering Violent Extremism.  He also serves as a non-resident research fellow of the Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies in Shanghai, China, as well as a specialist in international law and practices related to the freedom of association at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law where he has written several works regarding association in the digital age and commentary on law reform in South Sudan.   He possesses experience working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia, an international law firm in Thailand and served as a program supervisor at a university and educational training center in Duhok, Iraq.  As a consultant and researcher he has specialized in writings regarding radicalization and persecution as well as produced geospatial analysis for mapping and visualization.  His academic background includes a J.D. from Georgetown Law where he was a global law scholar and recipient of the Certificate in Refugee Law and Humanitarian Emergencies; a graduate degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Nanjing Center for Chinese American Studies in Nanjing, China; and a B.A in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese from Emory University.  Zenn speaks 9 different languages and has researched and studied in


October 10 – How Political Violence Became Terrorism with Lisa Stampnitzky

Lisa Stampnitzky is currently a lecturer at Harvard University in Social Studies .  She specializes in human rights, terrorism and political violence, culture, and politics,.   Her most recent book, based on extensive interviews with key figures in the field, is “Disciplining Terror: How Experts Invented “Terrorism.”  The book is a fascinating study of the sociology of knowledge and how those studying political violence have created something new in the academy, “disciplining” it in the process.

Stampnitzky possesses both a M.A. and Ph.D. fromthe University of California at Berkeley in Sociology as well as a B.A in Sociology from New College of Florida. Her background includes fellowships at Harvard, Oxford, Ohio State, as well as the European University institute.   She has also been the recipient of the 2012 Social Science History Association President’s Book Award. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled, The Lawyers’ War: Legalizing Torture in the War on Terror

Time: 3 – 5 PM   Location: John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, Room L2.84


October 31 – An examination of suicide attacks in the United States: Comparing Al Qaeda and affiliated movements and far-right suicide and non-suicide incidents and perpetrators with Josh Freilich

Josh Freilich is a Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College.  His work in recent years has focused on extremism in America, research that connects as well with his interest in “lone wolf” terrorist actors.  He is both the creator and co-director of the United States Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) study, which is an open source relational database of violent and financial crimes committed by far-right actors, Al Qaeda –inspired related movements, and environmental and animal rights extremists in the United States. 

Professor Freilich was the former head of the Criminal Justice Ph.D. program at John Jay College.  He is a member of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where he serves on the Executive Committee and is a member of the Global Terrorism Database Advisory Board. His research interests include terrorism, countering violent extremism, Al-Qaeda affiliated movements, psychology and the law regarding terrorism studies, as well as environmental criminology.  He possesses both a M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Albany as well as a J.D from Brooklyn Law School. 

Time: 3 -5 PM    Location: John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, Room L2.84


 November 14  – Inside the NYPD’s secret spying program & Bin Laden’s final plot against America with Matt Apuzzo

Matt Apuzzo is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter currently working for the New York Times. His most recent book entitled, “Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and Bin Laden’s Final Plot against America” discusses the systematic program the NYPD put into place as a means of spying on Muslim families including John Jay students.  Apuzzo previously worked for the Associated Press in Washington where he was known for having revealed CIA misconduct, widespread cheating on FBI certification tests and the location of a secret CIA prison in Romania. Formerly AP’s legal affairs writer, Apuzzo covered the trials of Sen. Ted Stevens and White House aide Scooter Libby, the Virginia Tech shooting and the conclusion of the FBI’s long-running Amerithrax case. He has covered corruption in the Senate, influence on Wall Street, and a mobster who built an empire on the nation’s richest fishing port. Apuzzo is a graduate of Colby College and currently possesses a degree in biology.

Time: 3 – 5 PM    Location: John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, Room L2.84


 December 5 –  Strategies for Preventing Terrorism with Tore Bjorgo

 Dr. Tore Bjørgo is Professor of Police Science at the Norwegian Police University College, adjunct research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and a Fulbright scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (fall 2014). His main fields of research have been political extremism and terrorism; racist and right-wing violence; delinquent youth gangs; disengagement from violent groups; political communication; crime prevention; and policing. He has (co)authored or (co)edited a dozen books, including Racist and Right-Wing Violence in Scandinavia: Patterns, Perpetrators, and Responses (1997); Root Causes of Terrorism (2005); Perspectives of Police Science in Europe (2007); Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement (2009, co-edited with John Horgan), and Strategies for Preventing Terrorism (2013). He is currently completing a book on crime prevention.

 In his talk, Dr. Bjørgo will present the main ideas from his latest book Strategies for Preventing Terrorism, where he argues for a holistic approach to countering terrorism. The analysis is based on crime prevention mechanisms as the organizing theoretical concept, identifying nine key preventive mechanisms: normative barriers, reducing recruitment, deterrence, disruption, protecting vulnerable targets, reducing harm, reducing rewards, incapacitation, and facilitating disengagement. The model addresses the measures used to activate these mechanisms, the principal actors in charge of implementing them and their target groups, as well as critically examining the strengths and limitations of the various measures. This model provides a powerful tool for thinking systematically about how to reduce terrorism and other crime problems.

Time: 3 – 5 PM    Location: John Jay College, New Building, 899 10th Avenue, Room L2.84

Spring 2014 Schedule  

February 7- Manufacturing the Terrorist Enemy: Media, Culture and Politics” with Deepa Kumar

Deepa Kumar is an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike (2005) and has contributed to various scholarly journals and national and international media outlets including the BBC, NPR, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Al Jazeera, and Al Arabiya (UAE). Her recent book, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (2012) analyzes the historical image of “the Muslim enemy” and anti-Muslim racism far beyond the aftermath of September 11th, 2001 and the War on Terror. She curates a blog, Empire Bytes: Beyond the Soundbytes of Imperial Culture, and is currently working on her third book which will explore the cultural politics of the War on Terror. Professor Kumar is a social activist for peace and justice and is a prominent public speaker on topics ranging from Islamophobia and US foreign policy to the Arab Spring and women and Islam. Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

February 28 –
Terrorism in South Russia from the Chechen Wars to the Olympics” with Randall Law

Randall Law is an Associate Professor of History at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, and teaches courses on the history of terrorism, modern Russia, Europe, and the Cold War. He is the author of Terrorism: A History (2009), a comprehensive survey of the field that h as been hailed “the quintessential work on the subject” by The Naval War College Review and is used as the foundational text for the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies at John Jay College. He is the editor of The Routledge History of Terrorism (to be published in 2015), a comprehensive 35-chapter work with contributions from many of the leading experts in the field of terrorism studies. Professor Law earned his B.A. in Russian from Amherst College, an M.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in Russian and European Studies from Georgetown University. Influenced by his work as Fulbright Scholar in Odessa, Ukraine, Professor Law’s current research is on terrorism and political violence in Odessa in the 20th Century Russian empire. He is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project (ASP), which is a nonpartisan organization aimed at educating the American public and international community on the evolving nature of national security in the 21st Century. He frequently speaks on the history of terrorism in academia, to civic organizations and in the media. Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630


March 21“9/11 and Historic Memory” with Elizabeth Greenspan and Scott Gabriel Knowles with Charles B. Strozier 

Elizabeth Greenspan is a writer, urban anthropologist, and lecturer at Harvard University. She is the author of The Battle for Ground Zero (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), an inside look at the struggle to rebuild the World Trade Center site following 9/11. She publishes prolifically on cities, real estate, and public space for both popular and academic journals. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Salon, the Atlantic online, and The Washington Post, as well as American Anthropologist, Public Historian, and the International Journal of Heritage Studies, among others. Greenspan earned her PhD in Anthropology and Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and her BA in Anthropology from Haverford College in 1999. She has lectured about Ground Zero, 9/11, cities, and public space at colleges and universities throughout the country, including Brandeis College, the New School, Harvard University, and Haverford College.

Scott Gabriel Knowles focuses his research on risk and disaster, with particular interests in modern cities, technology, and public policy. His most recent book is The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America (UPenn Press, 2011), and he is series co-editor of “Critical Studies in Risk and Disaster” (UPenn Press, launch 2014). Presently he is also a faculty research fellow of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Fukushima Forum collaborative research community, with which he is currently co-authoring an edited volume on the Fukushima disasters. Knowles’ has appeared in academic venues such as Technology and Culture, Isis, History and Technology, Annals of Science, the Journal of American History, and the Journal of the American Planning Association; and he writes for more popular publications like the New York Times, The Hill, U.S. News and World Report, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Marty Moss Coane Show and the Leonard Lopate Show. In 2013-2014 Knowles serves on Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s Special Advisory Commission on Licenses and Inspections.

Charles B Strozier is Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center on Terrorism at John Jay College as well as a practicing psychoanalyst.  He has his B.A. from Harvard, a M.A. and PhD from the University of Chicago, and training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Professor Strozier is the author or editor of 13 books on a wide range of subjects.  His research on terrorism and apocalyptic violence began in the 1990’s and became integral to John Jay’s curriculum following 9/11 and the foundation of the Center on Terrorism. His book, Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Witnesses and Survivors, is an interview study of 9/11 that began the first weekend after the disaster.Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College New Building 899 10th Ave NB L.63


April 4 – “Israel’s policy of WMD ambiguity: strategic success or moral failure?” with Avner Cohen

Avner Cohen is Director of the Nonproliferation Education Program, Senior Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and Professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies at Middlebury College. Professor Cohen is widely recognized as an expert on nonproliferation issues in the Middle East and the history of the Israeli nuclear program and is author of Israel and the Bomb (1999). His most recent book, The Worst Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb (2010), explores Israel’s status as the only nuclear-armed state that does not acknowledge its possession of nuclear weapons despite common knowledge of their existence throughout the world. Professor Cohen is a two-time winner of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation research and writing awards, in 1990 and 2004, and served as a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace from 1997-98 and 2007-08. He was co-director of the Project on Nuclear Arms Control in the Middle East at the Security Studies Program at MIT from 1990 to 1995. Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630


 May 2 – “What can be Learned from Analyzing Failed and Foiled Terrorist Plots?” with Martha Crenshaw

Martha Crenshaw is a senior fellow at the Center for International Security (CISAC) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. One of the first scholars of Terrorism Studies worldwide, her first article, “The Concept of Revolutionary Terrorism” (1972), as well as her 1986 article, “The Subjective Reality of the Terrorist: Ideological and Psychological Factors in Terrorism” are still widely cited and remain relevant in today’s post-9/11 scholarship. After teaching at Wesleyan University from 1974 to 2007, Crenshaw is now a professor, by courtesy, at Stanford as well as a lead investigator at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) funded by the Department of Homeland Security at the University of Maryland. Her current work at START analyzes failed and foiled terrorist plots by jihadist groups against the United States, Europe, Turkey, Australia, and Canada.  Among her innumerable achievements, Crenshaw has served on the Executive Board of Women in International Security, was the President and Councilor of the International Society of Political Psychology and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation/Department of Defense Minerva Institute for her project, “Mapping Militant Organizations.” Explaining Terrorism: Causes, Processes and Consequences (2010), a collection of Crenshaw’s most important published work, presents an interdisciplinary study of terrorism over the course of her now four decade-long career. 

Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College New Building 899 10th Ave NB L.63


 Fall 2013 Schedule

September 20 – “State Terrorism and the Dynamics of Political Violence” with Martin Miller, professor of History at Duke University and author of The Foundations of Modern Terrorism: State, Society and the Dynamics of Political Violence.  Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

October 11 – “Prison Radicalization in America Since 9/11” with Mark Hamm, professor, leading scholar of prison radicalization and recruitment and author of The Spectacular Few: Prisoner Radicalization and the Evolving Terrorist Threat, and Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Terrorism. Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

October 25 “The Tsarnaev Brothers: What We Know So Far” with Jessica Stern, renounced research and author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

November 8“The Hunt For Bin Laden” with Peter Bergen, national security analyst for CNN, director of the National Security Studies Program at the New America Foundation, and author of Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for bin Laden, from 9/11 to Abbottabad. Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

December 13 –  “The Psychology of Drone Warfare: A Cautionary Tale” with Robert Jay Lifton, Distinguished Professor at John Jay College, researcher and prolific author including The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide and memoir, Witness to an Extreme Century. Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

Spring 2013 Schedule

February 15“Has fear of terrorism robbed America of its soul?” with Robert C. Gottlieb, Esq., Managing Partner of Gottlieb & Gordon and former defense attorney for Adis Medunjanin Time: 3-5p Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

March 1 – “Engendering Counter-Terrorism: Gender and Human Rights Perspectives on National Security” with Jayne Huckerby, recent co-editor of the Routledge volume, Gender, National Security, and Counter-Terrorism: Human Rights Perspectives Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

March 22 – “The Politics of Israel, Terrorism, and Pathways to Peace” with Carlo Strenger, philosopher, existential psychoanalyst and public intellectual; Professor of Psychology at Tel Aviv University Time: 3-5 pm Location:John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street – Room 9.64

April 5“Radicalization: The Journey of a Concept” with Arun Kundnani, writer, researcher, currently teaching at John Jay College and author of several books including Spooked! How Not to Prevent Violent Extremism (2009)    Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

April 19 “Dominant violent non-state groups in a competitive environment: Insights from the Israeli and Palestinian experience” with Barak Mendelsohn, Associate Professor of Political Science, Haverford College Time: 3-5 pm Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630


FALL 2012 Schedule

September 21 – “Nuclear terrorism and the dynamics of contemporary violence with Brian Jenkins, senior adviser to the president at the RAND Corporation.
Time: 3-5pm
Location:  L2-84, New Building, 524 W 59th Street

October 5 –“Police legitimacy and its threats: International terrorism, illegal immigration and cyber crime“ with Ian Warwick Blair, Baron Blair of Boughton, QPM, a retired British policeman who held the position of commissioner of police of the metropolis from 2005 to 2008 and was the highest-ranking officer within the Metropolitan Police Service.
Time: 2-4pm
Location: John Jay College, New Building, 524 W 59th Street – Room L-63

October 12 – “The Koranic basis of jihad and war” with Sohail Hashmi, Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke.  Sohail Hashmi’s work straddles Western and Islamic moral and political philosophy.
Time: 3-5pm
Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

October 26 – “Wrong turn: America’s deadly embrace with counterinsurgency with Col. Gian P. Gentile, US Army Officer and Professor of History at the US Military Academy.
Time: 3-5pm
Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

November 9 – “The health consequences of the ‘War on Terror’: An agenda for the future” with Victor W. Sidel, M.D., Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.
Time: 3-5pm
Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630

November 30 – “Prevention strategies against crime and terrorism: Practice and prospects” with David Kennedy, Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, John Jay College, and Naureen Chaudhury Fink, Senior Analyst, Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, New York City, and as Chair, Peter Romaniuk, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director, Center on Terrorism, John Jay College.
Time: 3-5pm
Location: John Jay College, Haaren Hall, 899 10th Avenue – Room 630


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