Spring 2017

Spring 2017


“CVE: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
February 10th, 2017 with Humera Khan

Humera Khan is the Executive Director of Muflehun, a resource center focusing on presenting hate, extremism and violence, with a specialization in countering violent extremism (CVE). She holds four degrees from MIT: MS in Technology and Policy, MS in Nuclear Engineering, a BS in Art & Design, and a BS in Nuclear Engineering. Her current work involves: the design and launch of the ViralPeace program to train youth influencers on social media strategies to build communities and prevent hate, extremism and violence. In 2012, she received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for her work. Her areas of expertise include: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Social Media in CVE, Security Strategies, Islamic Studies, Online Radicalization, and Women CVE Programs.

“Radicalization for Violent Jihad: Quantitative Examination of Ideological Fault Lines Within and Between Leadership and Individual Terrorists
March 3rd, 2017 with Shuki Cohen.

Dr. Shuki Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Associate Director of its Center on Terrorism. He holds a BSc degree in Biophysical Chemistry from Ben-Gurion University and an MSc degree in Brain Neuroscience from the Weizmann Institute of Science. After a post-graduate work as a brain neuro-scientist for the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Cohen completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at New York University and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen’s research concerns the psychological processes underlying ideological extremism and violence on both the interpersonal and international levels.

"Selling the Ideal: The Islamic State's Propaganda Machine."
March 24th, 2017 with Daniel Milton

Daniel Milton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Director of Research at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of terrorism and counterterrorism (both domestic and transnational), with an emphasis on applying quantitative methods to policy relevant questions. Prior to joining the CTC, Daniel worked at Arkansas State University as an Assistant Professor and at Brigham Young University as a visiting faculty member. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida State University.

"Counter-Terrorism and Police Militarization"
April 21st Panel Discussion 

The seminar will be dedicated to the debate surrounding the militarization of police, with a particular focus on how counter-terrorism practices have evolved as a response to the post 9-11 realities, but also inevitably shaped some of those realities. We are aiming for a fair, balanced and nuanced academic discussion. The seminar will start with a screening of the 2016 documentary "Do Not Resist" by Craig Atkinson, which won the Best Documentary prize in the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival, along with several other awards and recognitions. 
A panel discussion will follow the screening. The panelists are:

Inspector Steven Griffith, Commanding Officer of the Community Outreach Division at NYPD
Prof. Maria (Maki) Haberfeld, Professor of Police Science here at John Jay College, and Academic Co-Director of the NYPD Police Studies Program.
Prof. Shuki Cohen will serve as the moderator.

The panel will discuss three inter-related questions:

1) The context of police militarization: When did it start? What are the main drivers behind it? How did it change after 9-11? and what might be its impact on police mission and vision in the long run?
2) What are the pros and cons of police militarization (or, alternatively: preferential recruitment of army veterans) particularly in the context of police counter-terrorism mandate and efforts?
3) For better or for worst, the NYPD has been in the forefront of the efforts to counter both terrorism per se and radicalization to violent extremism on the municipal/community level. What lessons were learned in the NYPD throughout the years about the nature of the threat and the most effective ways to address it, and what is the role that the militarization of police may (or may not) play in implementing those lessons?

"Strategy in the Era of Cyber Conflict: The Gordian Knot or An Edible Elephant?"
May 5th, 2017 with Benjamin Runkle

Benjamin Runkle holds a doctorate in Government from Harvard University. He has served in the Department of Defense, as a Director on the National Security Council, as a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee, and as an advisor in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. He is a former Army officer, to include service in Operation Iraqi Freedom during which he was awarded the Bronze Star. His current research topics include counterterrorism, cybersecurity, irregular warfare, and the Middle East.
Dr. Runkle is a former political scientist with the RAND Corporation and co-author of over a dozen studies on U.S. Iraq, Middle East, and counterterrorism strategies, including Occupying Iraq: A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority (2009) and After the War: Nation-Building from FDR to George W. Bush (2008). He is the author of Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). His writing on national security has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Hill, The Guardian (UK), The Jerusalem Post, Tablet Magazine, Joint Forces Quarterly, RealClearDefense.com, WarOnTheRocks.com, and Small Wars Journal, amongst other publications.