After two explosions during the Boston marathon that left three people dead and more than 180 injured, America is left with many questions about what these incidents mean. Are the Boston explosions likely to be domestic or international terrorism? How exactly is terrorism defined? Georgetown faculty experts are available to comment on terrorism, security, intelligence and the psychology of trauma and violence.
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Our Experts Include:
Andrew Bennett, a professor of government at Georgetown, has been following Chechnya for 20 years and has expertise on the terrorist movement in the republic, a federal subject of Russia located in the southeastern part of Europe in the North Caucasus mountains. Bennett, who holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, is the author of Condemned to Repetition? The Rise, Fall, and Reprise of Soviet-Russian Military Interventionism 1973-1996 (MIT Press, 1999). He has served as an advisor on foreign policy issues for several Democratic presidential candidates since 1984. From 1994-1995, he served as special assistant to Joseph S. Nye Jr., the U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. The professor’s op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and theChristian Science Monitor, and he has appeared on National Public Radio, CNN and Fox News.
Bruce Hoffman, professor at the School of Foreign Service and director of Georgetown's Security Studies Program and the Center for Peace and Security Studies, has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than 30 years. He previously served as corporate chair in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation, and as scholar-in-residence for counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency from 2004-2006. Hoffman also has served as an adviser on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad and the Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at the Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters in Baghdad.
Daniel Byman, School of Foreign Service professor and former director of Georgetown's Security Studies Program and the Center for Peace and Security Studies, served as a professional staff member with the 9/11 Commission and with the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the U.S. House and Senate Intelligence committees. Currently a senior fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brooking Institution, he previously served as research director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the Rand Corporation. He has also written widely on a range of topics related to terrorism, international security and the Middle East.
Paul Pillar, director of graduate studies and a core faculty member of Georgetown's Security Studies Program at the School of Foreign Service, served 28 years in the United States intelligence community before retiring in 2005 as national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia. The position was with the CIA until it was moved in 2004 to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Pillar previously served as chief of analytic units at the CIA, covering portions of the Near East, Persian Gulf and South Asia. Pillar also served in the National Intelligence Council and has been executive assistant to the CIA's deputy director for intelligence and executive assistant to then-Director of Central Intelligence William Webster. He also headed the assessments and information group of the DCI Counterterrorist Center and from 1997-1999 was deputy chief of the center.
Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, associate professor of psychiatry, was a first responder to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. She has expertise on trauma and violence and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she taught for several years and coordinated a Community Crisis Response team for the Victims of Violence program at Massachusetts' Cambridge Health Alliance, which responds to affected communities in the aftermath of violence and trauma. Besides numerous other publications, she is the published author of two books, A Practical Approach to Trauma: Empowering Interventions (2007) and Disaster and Crisis Response: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (2009).
Dr. Alan W. Newman is an associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. A forensic psychiatrist, Newman can address attempts to profile individuals suspected of violent crimes. He is an expert in the risk assessment of dangerous individuals, involuntary hospitalization, incarceration of the mentally ill and other interactions between the legal system and individuals with severe mental illnesses. Newman also can address general questions about the diagnosis and treatment of severe mental illnesses.
C. Christine Fair, assistant professor in the School of Foreign Service, has researched political and military affairs in South Asia and has commented and written on security issues in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations, she previously served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation and as a political officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul.