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Since 2004 JHU/APL has organized and sponsored a recurring series of seminars on national security and foreign relations topics.  These free events, held near the Pentagon, bring together distinguished speakers and those interested in exploring such important issues.  The evening seminars are open to the public with videos and related materials later posted to this website.

We are proud to begin our 11th Rethinking Seminar Series. The Theme for the 2014-15 academic year will be: Rethinking Global Security Constructs, Threats and Potential Responses.

Monday, March 9th
Marriott Residence Inn, Pentagon City (6:00-8:00PM)Mr. William Braniff Executive Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism
and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland

Understanding ISIS and Al-Qaeda and Potential Ways to
Deal with the Two Threats

William Braniff's Rethinking Seminar talk will

• Describe ISIS and Al-Qaeda, 

     o The history of the two,
     o Their objectives for the future,
     o Their relationship, including differences, similarities, agreements and disagreements,
     o Where they are today tactically and strategically,
     o How things might evolve, and

• Options the United States and its allies should consider to deal with the two threats. 

William Braniff has spent the last decade in serious study of the Islamist extremist version of Jihad. After receiving a master’s degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Mr. Braniff worked in the nuclear counterterrorism field at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and as the Director of Practitioner Education at West Point’s Combatting Terrorism Center (the nation’s largest provider of counterterrorism education to federal, state, and local government authorities). Since 2012, he has been the Executive Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Mr. Braniff has written two books on Terrorism and Political Islam and has authored articles on almost every facet of global jihadism. He has been interviewed widely in the media, has consulted at the major federal institutions concerned with terrorism, and has testified before Congress. (Biography)

Previous Seminar

Mr. Robert D. Kaplan
7 January 2015
Chinese Views, Strategy and Geopolitics

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Ms. Christine Fox
26 March 2015
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