On September 7, the NCAFP hosted its first program of the Fall 2017 season. Entitled "Anatomy of Terror," the evening placed two of the New York's leading experts of global terrorism in a wide-ranging conversation. Ali Soufan, CEO of The Soufan Group and former FBI Special Agent, discussed his recent book and took questions from David Scharia, Director and Chief of Branch of the United Nations' Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate.
Their conversation, and Mr. Soufan's new book, consider that terrorism continues to reside at the forefront of security policy conversations across the world. These conversations are often challenging, however, because of the nature of terrorism being far from a one-dimensional issue. Non-state actors, regional concerns, and uncertainty over the most viable policy options available to world leaders necessitate a deeper understanding of this complex phenomenon.
Mr. Soufan reached into the history of al-Qaeda and the origins of the ISIS phenomenon in order to help the audience understand the nuances of terrorism and its promoters.
The audience had ample opportunity to ask questions of Messrs. Soufan and Scharia as they continued to explore policy options available to the United States, the history of terrorism and steps available to governments the world over.