The Columbia Seminar on Security and Defense continues their 2017-18 Series on “The Realities of Global Terrorism”

J. B. Williams, Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Chaired by Nancy W. Collins, Fellow, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

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J.B.. Williams, U.S. Navy, most recently commanded the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has led at the platoon, troop, squadron, and joint task force Brigade levels while serving in five geographic combatant commands. Williams’s staff assignments include the U.S. Special Operations Command, the Joint Special Operations Command, Special Operations Command Europe, and the Navy Personnel Command. He holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MA from the Naval War College, where he was a distinguished graduate.

This year, the Columbia Seminar on Defense and Security is conducting a year-long discussion on the realities of global terrorism. We have invited speakers from disparate sectors and backgrounds to an objective discussion on the state of the global terrorism movement and examine the world’s strategic responses to it, sixteen years after the start of the global war on terrorism.