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Homeland Security Panel Discussion

Some of the industry's most experienced professionals will present on terrorism, counterterrorism, and the importance of homeland security training and education.

Bruce Hoffman, Ph.D.

Keynote speaker Dr. Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over four decades

Please join us for an online panel discussion on homeland security featuring keynote speaker Bruce Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor at the Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Dr. Hoffman is the former Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office, and lead author of the final report from the U.S. Congress' Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization.

Other speakers include: 

  • Colin P. Clarke, Ph.D. , Senior Research Fellow, The Soufan Center
  • James B. Martin, J.D., District Attorney, Lehigh County, Pa.
  • William S. Walker, Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, Philadelphia
  • David Wells, Political Analysis and Research Unit in the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED)
  • Ahmet Yayla, Ph.D., Director, Center for Homeland Security, DeSales University

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The Opening Ceremony and Panel Discussion

  • Schedule

    9:15 a.m. - Opening Remarks

    • Jennifer Moore, J.D. 
      Chair of Social Sciences Department, DeSales University
    • Rev. James Greenfield, O.S.F.S. ’84, Ed.D.
      President, DeSales University

    9:30 a.m. - Speakers

    Center Overview

    • Ahmet Yayla, Ph.D. 
      Director of the Center for Homeland Security, DeSales University

    Guest Speakers

    • James B. Martin, J.D. 
      District Attorney, Lehigh County, Pa.
    • William S. Walker
      Deputy Special Agent in Charge,
      Homeland Security Investigations, Philadelphia

    Keynote Speaker

    • Bruce Hoffman, Ph.D. 
      Professor, Georgetown University,
      Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

    10:45 a.m. - Break 

    11:00 a.m. - Panel Discussion

    12:00 p.m. - Concluding Remarks

    • Colin P. Clarke, Ph.D.,
      Senior Research Fellow, The Soufan Center
    • Bro. Daniel Wisniewski, O.S.F.S., Ph.D.,
      Provost, DeSales University  
  • Panelist: David Wells

    David Wells manages the Political Analysis and Research Unit in the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED).

    David Wells manages the Political Analysis and Research Unit in the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED). His Unit coordinates CTED's identification and monitoring of trends in counter-terrorism and terrorism - including by working with CTED’s Global Research Network - and regularly publish analytical reports based on this research.

    Prior to joining CTED in September 2017, David spent eight years with a UK intelligence agency focused on countering the threat of international terrorism, including two years as UK counter-terrorism liaison in Australia. He subsequently held intelligence and policy roles in the Australian Government, helping to identify and disrupt organized criminal networks and receiving the Australian Intelligence Community medallion.

    David has also worked for Australia’s leading foreign policy think tank - the Lowy Institute for International Policy - where his research focused on counter-terrorism communications strategies and terrorism trends. David’s work and analysis has featured in multiple international news outlets, including the New York Times, the BBC and the ABC.

  • Keynote Speaker: Bruce Hoffman, Ph.D.

    Dr. Bruce Hoffman

    Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for over four decades.

    He is a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where from 2010 to 2017 he was the Director of both the Center for Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program.

    Dr. Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office.

    Appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve as a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization, Dr. Hoffman was a lead author of the commission’s final report.

    He was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency between 2004 and 2006.

    A revised and updated third edition of his classic book, Inside Terrorism, was published in 2017 by Columbia University Press in the U.S. The Washington Post described Inside Terrorism as “brilliant” and the “best one volume introduction to the phenomenon.”

  • Concluding Remarks: Colin P. Clarke, Ph.D.

    Dr. Colin P. Clarke

    Colin P. Clarke is a Senior Research Fellow at The Soufan Center.

    Dr. Clarke is also an assistant teaching professor in the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS) at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Before coming to CMU, Dr. Clarke spent nearly a decade at the RAND Corporation where he was a senior political scientist focusing on terrorism, insurgency and criminal networks.

    At RAND, Dr. Clarke directed studies on ISIS financing, the future of terrorism and transnational crime, and lessons learned from all insurgencies between the end of WWII and 2009.

    Dr. Clarke is the author of Terrorism, Inc.: The Financing of Terrorism, Insurgency, and Irregular Warfare (2015), Terrorism: The Essential Reference Guide (2018), and After the Caliphate: The Islamic State and the Terrorist Diaspora (2019).

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