Weapons of Mass Disruption: Threat Assessment and the Realities of Contemporary Terrorism
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Since the shocking events of September 11, policymakers and strategists in Washington around the world have struggled to identify and defend against a constantly expanding range of potential terrorist threats. Their efforts have become a source of controversy and uncertainty, raising questions about both the technical practicability and social desirability of different approaches. Uncertainty about how and where the next attack might come only adds to the general sense of unease, and makes the threat itself a weapon almost as disruptive as any act could be. Join FPRI Princeton committee chair John Haines for our discussion of the nature of the contemporary threat, and the current efforts to identity and defend against future attacks.
A trustee of FPRI, John Haines is a private investor and entrepreneur. His current efforts focus on the question of nuclear smuggling and terrorism, and the development of technologies to discover, detect, and characterize concealed fissile material. He has been a student of security and intelligence for many years, holding advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Fels Scholar, and from King’s College in London. He is a life member of the US Naval War College Foundation and the US Naval Institute and a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.