In 2007 the RUSI Homeland Security & Resilience Department conference, Politics and Terrorism, examined how counter-terrorism strategy has adapted to meet a threat that was only belatedly recognised and has evolved rapidly.
Leading policy-makers and practitioners outlined how
Tony McNulty, Minister for Policing, Security and Community Safety, Home Office
Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman, Chair of ACPO Terrorist and Allied Matters and Chair of the National Counter Terrorism (CT) Tasking and Coordinating Group
Kenneth J. Krieg, Under Secretary of Defense of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, DoD
Anti-terrorism legislation remains high on the agenda and with proposals for a consolidation bill in 2008 it is important that the effectiveness and legitimacy of existing legislation is examined. Has anti-terrorism legislation been used effectively and in the context for which it was intended? How should we guard against ‘mission creep’ in the application and extension of the law and guard human rights and civil liberties?
Domestic extremism and radicalisation are issues exhaustively discussed but what substantive work is actually underway? How can we bring it to the fore and extend its reach? The conference aims to develop the debate in this area and explore how the indistinct aims of community cohesion and security can be achieved.
An effective, coherent and measured articulation of the threat is essential in order to counter
extremist propaganda, reassure and inform the public and deny terrorist groups the success they aim for. How do Government, Media and Public pronouncements and perceptions interact and to what effect?
Mariot Leslie, Director, Defense and Strategic Threats, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Tucker, Head, National Community Tension Team, Association of Chief Police Officers
Denis O' Connor, Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, HMIC
Dr. Anne Speckhard, Adjunct Associate Professor,
Professor John Mueller, Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Mershon Center, Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University
Professor Frank Gregory, Professor of European Security, Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration, University of Southampton
Lord Harris, Metropolitan Police Authority
Jonathan Paris, Adjunct fellow, Hudson Institute. London-based Middle East and Islamic Movement analyst
Sidney Shipton OBE, The Three Faiths Forum
Dr. Eric Metcalfe, Human Rights Police Director, JUSTICE
Rick Nunes-Vaz, Land Operations Division, Defence Science & Technology Organisation,
Dr. Rhiannon Talbot,
Professor Gino Verleye, Department of Communications,
Dr. Daud Abdullah, Deputy Secretary General, Muslim Council of
Conference Structure and Purpose
Over two days the conference covered the major themes of RUSI’s current work and the issues raised channelled the focus for further workshops and roundtable discussions throughout the year. Our aim is always to develop the existing debate and introduce new ideas to aid understanding and policy development.
The Homeland Security & Resilience Department always welcomes comments, suggestions and feedback from delegates and partners. Please contact the project manager or relevant department head.
Recognising the value that delegates may take from individual speakers, we are trialling the provision of USB flash drive to all paying delegates loaded with presentations received from speakers.*
For a programme click here
*Subject to availability.