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NYU’s Center for Global Affairs Special Event: Symposium On the State of Terrorism March 31, 2006


Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006, The NYU Center for Global Affairs at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies presents its all-day symposium on the state of terrorism, “America in the World 2006: Assessing the State of Terrorism” on Friday, March 31.

More than four years after 9/11, after a U.S. presidential election that focused largely on U.S. security, and nearly three years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, is the U.S. more secure today, or less? What are our strategies for reducing threats from terrorist groups and are these strategies working? Our distinguished panelists assess the state of terrorism in 2006 during this day-long symposium.

Panelists to include, among others: Alon Ben-Meir, professor of international relations, New York University; Martha Crenshaw, professor of government, Wesleyan University; William Finnegan, staff writer, The New Yorker; John Mueller, Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Ohio State University; Steven Simon, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; and Charles Strozier, director, Center on Terrorism, John Jay College.

This event is free and open to the public, and takes place at the Center’s location at the Woolworth Building, 4th Floor, 15 Barclay Street [between Broadway and Church Street]. By subway, take the R or W to City Hall; the 4, 5 or 6 to City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge; the 2 or 3 to Park Place; or the A or C to Chambers Street. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Doors open 30 minutes before the program begins. For more information, the public may call the Center at 212.992.8380 or email

9.30-10.45 a.m. SESSION 1
Defining a Metric for Assessing Progress on Terrorism
What is the nature of the terrorist threat, and what is the current vocabulary for describing the threat? How shall we measure progress in the fight to contain or end terrorism, and what is the state of global security? What successes has the U.S. had in fighting terrorism, and what critical challenges lie ahead? Moderator: Michael Oppenheimer, assistant professor, Center for Global Affairs, New York University.

11a.m.-12.15 p.m. SESSION 2
U.S. State of Security: “Homeland”
What is the state of U.S. homeland security? Has the new Department of Homeland Security established a credible response to terrorism? Closer to home, how has New York City responded to terrorism since 9/11? Moderator: K. Bradley Penuel, director, Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response, New York University

1.30-2.45 p.m. SESSION 3
Solutions: U.S. Counterterror Policies and Strategies
What is the role of the U.S. in securing the global system against terrorist threats? What is the impact of the war in Iraq on terrorism? What combination of force, diplomacy, economic assistance, and homeland security is essential for coping with terrorism? Moderator: David B. H. Denoon, professor of politics & economics; director, international relations program, New York University

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The NYU Center for Global Affairs, within the University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies [], is located in the School’s state-of-the-art facility in the Woolworth Building - one ofdowntown New York’s architectural treasures. The Center presents provocative and timely public events regarding the latest topics in world affairs (formerly held at the NYU Vernon Center for International Affairs), and houses a graduate program in global studies and myriad non-degree courses in international affairs.


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