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Triangle Center Director Reacts to King Hearings
Too much heat, but plenty of commong ground at King hearings
David Schanzer, Director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security
March 10, 2011
If you listen carefully to the witnesses at the hearings in the Homeland Security Committee today, there is plenty of agreement on the nature of the radicalization problem that has impacted relatively small numbers of Muslim Americans and how to deal with it.
Taken as a whole, the witnesses have agreed that:
** The Muslim community as a whole is dedicated to preventing radicalization and extremist violence. There have been many instances of cooperation, including by two of witnesses themselves.
** There must be engagement between law enforcement and the Muslim community. Steps need to be taken so all Muslims feel comfortable interacting and providing information to law enforcement when they fear young people are falling prey to radicalization. Confidence building measures are essential.
** Radicalization is a gradual process. We should be able to identify individuals heading towards extremism in advance and intervene.
** To prevent radicalization, we need to educate Muslim youth to give them the tools to rebut and reject the jihadist narrative perpetrated by al Qaeda and their affiliates.
The polarization among the members of the Committee, however, has been mainly unproductive. One side appears to be intent on casting the entire hearing as discriminatory and railing against profiling, a tactic most everyone appears to reject. The other side seems preoccupied with demonizing certain organizations and characterizing the threat of radical jihadi extremism as much more pervasive than it truly is.
A program for preventing radicalization should include:
** Taking steps to cool down the rhetoric and counteracting the growing anti-Islamic sentiment in America;
** Increasing Islamic literacy among Muslim youth to counter the radical narrative;
** Enhanced community policing to build trust between Muslim American communities and law enforcement ; and
** Target social services to reduce isolation and economic hardship in certain Muslim immigrant communities.
Triangle Center News
Triangle Center Director, David Schanzer, discusses counterterrorism and the war on terror.
IHSS Researchers Noel Greiss and Monica Nogueira discuss the food safety system in the United States within the context of the recent E. coli outbreak in Europe.
Triangle Center Director, David Schanzer, discusses Islamic radicalization with Duke Magazine.
On February 14-15, former Ambassador to Yemen, Edmund Hull (Ret.) visited with students and Faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. His public lecture at UNC, High-Value Target: Countering Al Qaida in Yemen, made the case for the importance of a multi-pronged approach: no security without development, and no development without security. Ambassador Hull will release his book of the same title in Spring 2011.
CHAPEL HILL, NC- February 2, 2010 Terrorism by Muslim-Americans Down in 2010. A new study released today by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security shows that the number of Muslim-Americans who perpetrated or were arrested for terrorist acts declined sharply in 2010. The study, “Muslim American Terrorism Since 9/11: An Accounting,” reports that while 47 Muslim-Americans committed or were arrested for terrorist crimes in 2009, the number dropped to 20 this past year. The author of the study, Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, said, “Of course, even a single terrorist plot is too many. But this trend offers a challenge for the American public: If we ratchet up our security concerns when the rate of terrorism rises, should we ratchet down our concerns when it falls?”
On October 6, Homeland Security Expert and President of the Center for National Policy, Stephen Flynn, delivered a public lecture at UNC-CH titled "Katrina, Haiti, Deepwater Horizon: Building a More Resilient World."
Triangle Center Director, David Schanzer, makes his debut on blogging heads to discuss Counterterrorism in America.
Noel Greis and Monica Nogueira explore emerging public-private approaches to food safety.
On March 2, 2010, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen gave the Steel Family Lecture. His talk, titled OBAMA'S WAR ON AL QAEDA AND ITS ALLIES examined the administration’s approach to the struggle against violent extremism, especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This lecture was part of the Sanford School of Public Policy’s inaugural year events and made possible though the generosity of the Steel Family Visiting Fellows Fund. A video of this lecture can be found at Duke University On Demand.
The Triangle Center and the Duke Islamic Studies Center teamed up with the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute for a Wednesdays at the Center event. During this hour long lunch-time talk David Schanzer and Ebrahim Moosa discussed findings from a recently completed two-year, U.S. Department of Justice funded study that looks at how American Muslims address messages of extremism in their communities. Along with Charles Kurzman, Associate Professor of Sociology at UNC – Chapel Hill, Schanzer and Moosa set out to learn from the responses of four American Muslim communities -- Buffalo, Houston, Seattle, and the Triangle area -- to radical Islamic movements across the globe. A Podcast of this event "Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim American Communities" is available on iTunesU.
On the July 30th episode of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Triangle Center Director David Schazer comments on the issue of homegrown terrorism following seven arrests in North Carolina.
Strategic Risk Management in Government: A Look at Homeland Security -- a new report published by The IBM Center for the Business of Government includes a paper written by Triangle Center Director David H. Schanzer and RTIs Joe Eyerman. In it, Schanzer and Eyerman describe the recent history of strategic risk management in the Department of Homeland Secuirty and set forth a series of findings and recommendations directed to the Executive Office of the President, the department, and Congress. A key recommendation is that the department enhance the analytical capability necessary for strategic risk management.
Shedding light, not heat, on torture -- a new op-ed by Triangle Center Director David Schanzer
Cheney's misfiring security critique -- an op-ed by Triangle Center Director David Schanzer
A discussion about U.S. counterterrorism with David Schanzer, Director of the Triangle Center of Terrorism and Homeland Security. Sponsored by the National Security Law Society. A WEBCAST of this event is available through the Duke Law School.
In celebration of Data Privacy Day 2009, The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, along with Intel Corporation, hosted a Panel Discussion on The Future of Privacy and National Security. Participants included leading experts from the United States Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State, the European Commission, the Council of European Union, and privacy experts from the private sector and academia. A PODCAST of this event is now available on iTunes U.
Von der Heyden Fellows Program Lecture by Bob Woodward
October 27, 2010, 6:00 pm, Duke University
Sponsored by Duke's American Grand Strategy Program and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS). Mr. Woodward will be discussing the foreign policy aspects of his upcoming book.
Public Lecture by Stephen Flynn
October 6, 2010, 5:30 pm, The Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the UNC FedEx Global Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Co-sponsored with the DHS Center of Excellence on Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management (DIEM), the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS), and the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at UNC-CH. Reception to follow in the atrium. Please contact Jenny Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Scholars, Researchers, Community Leaders and Artists Observe the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
September 8-10, 2010, UNC-Chapel Hill
Sponsored by The Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-CH and the UNC Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters. Please visit http://hazardscenter.unc.edu/ for additional information.
Since We Can't See the Future, What Do We Do? - Public Lecture by Richard Danzig
September 7, 2010, 6:00 pm, Sanford 05- Duke University
Sponsored by Duke's American Grand Strategy Program and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. Richard Danzig is a former U.S. Secretary of the Navy, former adviser to President Obama, and is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center for a New American Security. He will present a formal lecture on the future of American strategic planning and discuss the merits and perils of pre-planned American grand strategy. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
Careers in National Security - a Triangle Center Lunch Semianr
November 2009, Hamilton Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Guest speakers included representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. Attending were students from the Department of Public Policy, the Program on Peace, War and Defense and the Roosevelt Institution. Students were able to take part in small informal roundtable discussion with national security professionals working for the US Government, had the opportunity to listen to each individuals’ career path and what advice they had, as well as ask questions.
November 12-13, 2009, Duke University, RTI International and UNC-Chapel Hill
In partnership with the National Security Network, the Triangle Center hosted its first visiting scholar, the Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Brian Katulis. Katulis took part in a series of events where he spoke about Sustainable Security in South East Asia, Afghanistan’s election and President Obama’s emerging strategy in the region.
Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim American Communities - a Triangle Center Lunch Seminar
October 15, 2009, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Presentations were given by David Schanzer and Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology at UNC, who along with Schanzer and Ebrahim Moosa authored the forthcoming report. Discussion among attendees, which included faculty, staff, and students from UNC followed.
Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim American Communities
September 23, 2009, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University
Along with the Duke Islamic Studies center, the Triangle Center sponsored a Wednesdays at the Center lunch event -- a weekly lunch seminar program presented by Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. The event was an informal conversation with David Schanzer and Ebrahim Moosa about their findings from a recently completed two-year study that looks at how American Muslims address messages of extremism in their communities.
The Great Game Redux: Framing a Realizable End Game for US Strategy in Afghanistan
September 10, 2009, 12pm - 1:30pm, Rubenstein Hall, Sanford School of Public Policy
Triangle Center Lunch Seminar with Dr. John Hillen, CEO of Global Strategies Group (North America), Inc., former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in the Bush Administration and Duke University Alumni. Dr. Hillen’s spoke on issues related to US foreign policy strategy in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Gitmo Detainees: What are the Options?
March 25th, 2009, 7:30 pm, Peabody Hall, Room 218, UNC-Chapel Hill
On January 22, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order that required the closing of Guantanamo Bay, the infamous and controversial detention facility for enemy combatants under the Bush administration. While acclaimed as a positive move by many, there remain critical questions and concerns surrounding the closure of the facility, as the future of the detainees and US detention policies is still uncertain. Join Scott Silliman of the Center of Law, Ethics, and Security and David Schanzer from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security for a discussion examining the future and options for the Gitmo detainees. (more)
GITMO Detainees: What Are The Options?
January 22, 2009. 4:30pm-6pm . 136 Social Sciences Building, West Campus
The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Duke Political Science Students Association are co-hosting a faculty panel discussion on the future of GITMO. Four of Duke University's national security experts will discuss strategies for detaining and prosecuting suspected terrorists. Panelists are David Schanzer, Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security; Madeline Morris, Professor of Law and Director of the Duke Guantanamo Defense Clinic; Peter Feaver, Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Political Science and Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies; and Scott Silliman, Professor of the Practice of Law and Executive Director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. (more)
Protecting National Security and Privacy: Approaches of New Administrations in the U.S. and Europe.
January 27, 2009. 4pm-6pm. Rhodes Conference Room, Sanford Institute.
In celebration of Data Privacy Day 2009, The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, along with Intel Corporation, will be hosting a Panel Discussion on The Future of Privacy and National Security. The event is open to the public and will be held in Rhodes Conference Room at the Sanford Institute for Public Policy, Duke University. (more)
UNC To Head Homeland Security Center of Excellence
A consortium led by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has won a nationwide competition to run a new Center of Excellence on Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure, and Emergency Management. The new Center, which will be co-led by Jackson State University, will conduct research and develop educational programs focusing on the mitigating the effects of and responding to coastal storms and other natural disasters. Duke University and the Renaissance Computing Institute are part of the consortium. (more)