Monday, March 02, 2015

CFR Conference Call on U.S. Counterterrorism Policy – Wednesday, April 8

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Winter/Spring 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, April 8, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 226. Audrey Kurth Cronin, distinguished service professor and director of the international security program at George Mason University's School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, will discuss U.S. counterterrorism policy and the existing threat posed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Dr. Cronin joined George Mason University as a tenured senior faculty member in September 2011. Prior to that, she was a faculty member and director of the core course on military strategy at the U.S. National War College from 2007 to 2011. She came to the war college from Oxford University, where she was director of studies for the Oxford/Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War from 2005 to 2007. She continues to be a non-residential senior research associate at Oxford. Before that, Dr. Cronin was a specialist in terrorism at the Congressional Research Service, where she was responsible for advising members of Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. She regularly consults with agencies in both the executive and legislative branches. Dr. Cronin is the author of "How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns."

As background for the discussion, you may wish to have review the following materials:

1) Audrey Kurth Cronin, "ISIS Is Not A Terrorist Group," Foreign Affairs, March/April 2015.
2) James R. Clapper Jr., "James Clapper on Global Intelligence Challenges," Video,, March 2, 2015.
3) Richard N. Haass, "Managing the ISIS Crisis," Project Syndicate, February 23, 2015.
4) Stewart M. Patrick, "Transnational Terrorism:Three Things to Know," Video,, February 18, 2015.
5) Janine Davidson, Defense in Depth, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger at if you would like to attend the call.

I hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger