As we approach the 18th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, social media and online propaganda have come to play an outsized role in radicalizing and mobilizing individuals in the West to join and act on behalf of violent Islamist terrorist movements. Beyond kinetic efforts on the battlefield and counter terrorism investigations abroad and at home, countering violent extremist (CVE) initiatives are increasingly being considered as viable policy options to mitigate the threat. Jesse Morton, a former Islamist activist and leader of Revolution Muslim who was based in New York, Mitch Silber, the former director of Intelligence Analysis at the NYPD and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and Public Policy at SIPA and Stuart Gottlieb, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and Public Policy at SIPA, will discuss the state of the threat to the United States from Al Qaeda, ISIS and other Islamist foreign terrorist organizations as well as nascent efforts by the U.S. government and non-profits in the countering violent extremist space. Moreover, Silber and Morton will discuss the release of the second issue of their “countering violent extremism” magazine — “Ahul Taqwa” — at the event.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

6:15pm- 8:00pm

1302 International Affairs

Advance registration required via Columbia/SIPA calendars