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The War on Terror at Twenty: Assessing Lessons Learned from the American and British Experiences

September 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


How did the US and UK governments respond in the days, weeks, and years following the major terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 and 7/7 2005? What have both countries learned about dealing with the threat of terrorismPanels of American and British former leaders will examine these questions.

American panelists:

  • Former Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair 
  • Former Acting Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin
  • Ambassador James Dobbins
  • Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Lawrence Wright

British panelists:

  • Former Chief of the British Intelligence Service Sir John Scarlett
  • Former Security and Intelligence Coordinator and Director of GCHQ Sir David Omand
  • Former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation Lord Alex Carlile
  • Former Home Secretary Lord David Blunkett
  • Former Director General UK Security Service Lord Jonathan Evans

Panels will discuss each country’s experience. The conference will conclude with a discussion of similarities and differences, offering counterterrorism policy recommendations for the future.

Hosted by the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense and co-sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

The virtual conference will take place on Sept. 17, 2021, from 9 a.m-1 p.m. EST. Zoom registration required 


September 17, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm