Followed by a discussion of U.S. strategy in the war on terrorism with Andrew Kohut, Pew Research Center; Flynt Leverett, New America Foundation; Dana Priest, Washington Post; Rand Beers, The National Security Network; and Christopher Preble, Cato Institute.
The horrific events of September 11, 2001, dramatically demonstrated the threat posed by suicide terrorism. With the precipitous rise of suicide attacks against democracies, particularly in the five years since 9/11, the time is right to reflect on the rationale and effectiveness of the tactic. Robert Pape, author of the seminal book Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, will present the findings of his most recent research, “Suicide Terrorism and Democracy: What We’ve Learned Since 9/11.” Pape’s conclusions, that suicide terrorism continues to follow a strategic logic, and that suicide attackers are primarily motivated by resistance to occupation by a foreign power, suggest that important changes should be made in U.S. strategy in the War on Terrorism. Pape’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion including some of America’s leading experts on terrorism, counter terrorism, and U.S. foreign policy.