The 9/11 Attacks from a Historical Perspective

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The attacks by the Al Qaeda terrorist organisation on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon, on 11 September 2001 were cataclysmic in totally changing the global strategic environment. This event will commemorate the 20th anniversary.

Professor Peter Neumann provides a historical analysis of the attacks, their background and the short and medium term consequences. He is followed by Suzanne Raine who speaks from her own experience at the time working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with her specialisation in international security and counter-terrorism. Sir John Scarlett, who moderates the event, also contributes his perspective as Chair of the Cabinet Office Joint Intelligence Committee at the time.

This event launches the Royal United Services Institute’s Military History Programme, the framework of which will be a series of monthly lectures and panels, seeking to draw lessons and longer-term insights from seminal past and current events.

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Professor Peter Neumann is Professor of Security Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and served as Director of its International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) from 2008 to 2018. He is a Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI.

Suzanne Raine is a Trustee of RUSI. She served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office worked primarily on national security issues and counter-terrorism and headed the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre from 2015 to2017.

The webinar is moderated by Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE, Distinguished Fellow and until recently Vice-Chairman of RUSI, who was Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, or MI6).

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