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January 2018 Events

January 10 | World Affairs Councils of America | Cover to Cover: Richard N. Haass

Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, argues for an updated global operating system to address challenges - from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons, to climate change and cyberspace. His book: A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

January 23 | World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities | Family-Affiliated Extremism/Terrorism & Response

Presented by Dr. Dean Alexander (Homeland Security Research Program and Professor of Home Land Security at the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administrations at Western Illinois University) discusses family affiliated terrorism and the available responses. 

The Boston Marathon bombings, San Bernardino attack, and numerous terror incidents globally bring to the forefront the issue of family-affiliated extremism/terrorism and law enforcement responses. Unfortunately, up to now, this topic has received scant inquiry and analysis. Following an introduction, some facets of social network analysis, its relevance to families, and extremism/terrorism will be raised. Next, an overview of the phenomenon of extremists/terrorists in families will be shared. The importance of this type of criminality will be underscored. This will be followed by numerous and insightful case studies of U.S. and foreign-based, family-linked extremists/terrorists. By providing these case studies, a better appreciation of this issue will take hold. For contrast, case studies of family members informing about their extremist/terrorist kin will be shared. Subsequently, the presentation will discuss the methodologies to impede family-linked extremism/terrorism at home and abroad.

Presenter Biography


Dr. Alexander’s teaching, research, and speaking activities encompass terrorism, security, and legal issues. He has lectured in ten countries, including to law enforcement and military officials at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), U.S. State Department, National Intelligence University events, as well as before industry, educational, and non-profit institutions. 

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January 30 | World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana | Global Hotspots of 2018

A new year has begun, and in our rapidly evolving world that means a whole new host of global challenges are just around the corner. What are the possible places, conflicts, and upheavals Americans should be on the lookout for in the coming year? What global trends should we expect? What countries will likely be undergoing the biggest social or political alterations? What will be next year’s biggest world players? And what will all of this mean for Americans at home?

Join us as Stewart Patrick sets a global forecast for 2018, what’s coming and how America will respond to it.

Stewart Patrick is the director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation on global issues; U.S. policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; and the challenges posed by fragile and post–conflict states. From September 2002 to January 2005, Dr. Patrick served on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, with lead staff responsibility for U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and a range of global and transnational issues, including refugees and migration, international law enforcement, and global health affairs. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of five books.


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