Potential US Counterterrorism Policy and Strategy
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Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than thirty years. He is currently Director of the Center for Security Studies, Director of the Security Studies Program, and a tenured professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and several other leadership positions within RAND. Between 2004 and 2006 Professor Hoffman was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency. During 2004 and 2005 he was also an adviser on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency to the:
- Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq;
- Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq HQ, Baghdad; and
- Iraq Study Group.
Professor Hoffman is also a member of the National Security Preparedness Group, the successor to the 9/11 Commission. (Biography)
For the Rethinking Seminar talk, Professor Hoffman will discuss the state of global terrorism today and what US counterterrorism policy/strategy should be going forward. His talk will include topics such as:
- Al Qaeda (AQ), its history, its current status,
- How AQ has morphed from a global entity with consolidated Command and Control into many more regionally focused groups,
- Whether those regional groups are more concerned with local issues and actions rather than attacking the “far enemy” a.k.a. the U.S. and the West, and
- The implications of these and other issues for US counterterrorism policy/strategy, particularly in a declining national security budget environment.