Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler Fellow and director of the Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at The Washington Institute.
In step with the progression of the coalition war against the Islamic State over the course of 2016, the threat of IS-directed attacks in the West continued to trend upward, posing significant challenges for social media companies, law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and local communities alike.
Edited by Matthew Levitt, this eighth volume in the Institute's Counterterrorism Lectures Series spans the period from February 2016 to November 2017, offering a snapshot of how officials, experts, and CT practitioners addressed some of the most pressing challenges at the height of the battle against IS and the beginning of its decline.
This volume includes lectures by the following experts; the positions were current at the time of presentation:
Ali Mohsen al-Alaq, governor, Central Bank of Iraq
Shanna Batten, director, Community Resilience Initiatives Program, Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland
Rand Beers, deputy assistant to the president for Homeland Security, Obama administration
Monika Bickert, head of global policy management, Facebook
William Brannif, executive director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
Lord Richard Dannatt, chief of the general staff, British Army; commander of British forces, Afghanistan; advisor to David Cameron
Olivier Decottignies, TWI diplomat in residence; second counselor, French Embassy, Iran
Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, executive director, North America, Quilliam International
Bruce Hoffman, director, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University
Boaz Ganor, dean and Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC, Herzliya, Israel
Daniel L. Glaser, assistant secretary for terrorist financing, Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Treasury Department
Seamus Hughes, deputy director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University
James F. Jeffrey, Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, TWI; former ambassador to Iraq, Turkey, and Albania
Richard Kemp, senior associate fellow, Royal United Services Institute; commander, British forces, Afghanistan; head, international terrorism team, UK Joint Intelligence Committee
Gilles de Kerchove, counterterrorism coordinator, European Union
Naomi Kikoler, deputy director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Matthew Levitt, Fromer-Wexler fellow and director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence (now the Reinhard Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence), TWI