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.

Fall 2017 Seminars

October 6:  Ali Soufan, author of Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of ISIS.  

Ali Soufan is the Chief Executive Officer of The Soufan Group. Mr. Soufan is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent who investigated and supervised highly sensitive and complex international terrorism cases, including the East Africa Embassy Bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, and the events surrounding 9/11. Mr. Soufan also serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He is the author of the newly released Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State and The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al Qaeda, winner of the 2012 Ridenhour Book Prize. He is a leading national security and counterterrorism expert, and continues to play a significant advisory role on today's most sensitive issues. Mr. Soufan had a distinguished career in the FBI, including serving on the Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI New York Office, where he coordinated both domestic and international counterterrorism operations. He often operated out of hostile environments and carried out sensitive extra-territorial missions and high-level negotiations, and has received numerous awards and commendations for his counter-terrorism work. These include the Director of the FBI's Award for Excellence in Investigation, the Respect for Law Enforcement Award for "relentless pursuit of truth and bringing terrorist subjects before the bar of justice," and a commendation from the U.S. Department of Defense that labeled him "an important weapon in the ongoing war on terrorism."

Ali Soufan's recording available here: to be updated soon

DEFEATED ISIS: The Rise & Fall of a Terrorist Caliphate
October 13: Malcolm Nance, author of Hacking ISIS: How to Destroy the Cyber Jihad.

Malcolm Nance is an authority in counterterrorism, intelligence, and cyberterrorism. He has been deployed to intelligence operations in the Balkans, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and South Asia as an officer for the U.S. Government's Special Operations, Homeland Security, and Intelligence agencies. Mr. Nance has had over three decades in combatting radical extremism. He is a retired U.S. Navy and Arabic-speaking intelligence collections operator, and founder of the Advanced Terrorism, Abduction and Hostage Survival School. Mr. Nance is also a New York Times bestselling author of The Plot to Hack AmericaDefeating ISIS, Hacking ISIS: How to Destroy the Cyber Jihad, and appears regularly on MSNBC as a terrorism analyst.
Since 2014, Mr. Nance serves as the executive director at the Terror Asymmetrics Project, a New York-based not-for-profit, non-partisan virtual defense research institute dedicated to studying and disseminating open source intelligence on the operational strategies, tactics and belief systems of radicalized extremist individuals, organizations and communities throughout the world. He has written articles for distinguished magazines and publications, including Foreign Policy, Small Wars Journal, Time magazine, Counterterrorism, Special Operations, and Counterterrorist. He was featured in the Academy Award nominated Documentary Dirty Wars, the award-winning Torturing Democracy and on the Rolling Stone’s 2008 Hotlist as a blogger for Small Wars Journal. He regularly speaks and participates in programs at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of New York Excelsior University, Mr. Nance now lives and studies between Hudson, New York, and Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Counterterrorism After 9/11: Security Imperative or Rogue Superpower?  ​
October 27: Richard Falk, author of two posted papers.

Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice Emeritus at Princeton University where he taught for 40 years. Since 2002, he has lived in Santa Barbara, California and has been associated with the University of California’s Global and International Studies as a research professor. Professor Falk is one the country’s most distinguished political scientists. He is an authority in international law and holds an honorary degree from John Jay College. He is the author of over 20 books, including Palestine’s Horizon: Toward a Just Peace, Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring, Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers (with David Krieger), Achieving Human Rights.
      Professor Falk was Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine for the UN Human Rights Council between 2008 and 2014, and served on a panel of experts appointed by the President of the UN General Assembly, 2008-2009. He was Chair of the Board of Directors, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, an NGO located in Santa Barbara, until 2012. He is also a member of the editorial board of several journals and magazines, including the American Journal of International Law, Third World Quarterly, Globalizations, The Nation, and The Progressive. Formerly, he was for many years North American Director of the World Order Models Project. He created his own blog, Global Justice in the 21st Century, in celebration of his 80th birthday, and has been nominated annually for the Nobel Peace Prize since 2008. In his upcoming talk at John Jay College, Professor Falk will be speaking about the following two papers:

Failures of Militarism in Countering Mega-Terrorism

Contradictions in the Terrorist Discourse and Constraints on the Political Imagination of Violence

Debriefing Saddam and the Politics of National Security
November 10: John Nixon, author of Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein.

John Nixon was a senior leadership analyst with the CIA from 1998 to 2011. He did several tours in Iraq and was recognized by a number of federal agencies for his contribution to the war effort. During his time with the CIA, Mr. Nixon regularly wrote for, and briefed, the most senior levels of the US government. He was the first CIA officer to interrogate Saddam Hussein after his capture in December 2003. He also taught leadership analysis to the new generation of analysts coming into the CIA at the Sherman Kent School, the Agency’s in-house analytic training center. Since leaving the Agency in 2011, Mr. Nixon has worked as an international risk consultant in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia. Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein is his first book.

Nexus of Global Jihad: The Evolution of Terrorist Cooperation​
December 1: Assaf Moghadam, author of Nexus of Global Jihad:  Understanding Cooperation Among Terrorist Actors

Assaf Moghadam is Associate Professor and Director of the MA Program in Government at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel, and Director of Academic Affairs at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), also at IDC. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point; a Research Affiliate at the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland; and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. Mr. Moghadam is a Contributing Editor for the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism and the Book Review Editor for the journal Democracy & Security. He has authored three books on terrorism–most recently Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation among Terrorist Actors (Columbia University Press, 2017), and edited/co-edited two additional volumes.

Location: 524 59th St, 10th Floor, Room #10.65.36 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM