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Ian Cuthbertson Memorial Breakfast: Using Smart Security Strategies to Fight Radicalism

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 8:30am

World Policy Institute and EastWest Institute present the first annual Ian Cuthbertson Memorial Breakfast:

Using Smart Security Strategies to Fight Radicalization
Tuesday, October 26
8:30 am

With panelists:

  • Richard Barrett, Coordinator, Al-Qaeda Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations
  • Tom Parker, Amnesty International


  • Belinda Cooper, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute

The Times Square bombing attempt this spring underscored the need for smart security measures in combating terrorism. Governments around the world have employed traditional military and criminal enforcement initiatives to counter and punish terrorists. But how well have these largely force-based measures succeeded? Are they able to accommodate civil and human rights norms, and what are the consequences when they fail to do so? What other types of policies can governments pursue to prevent the spread of radicalization, particularly given concerns about recruitment among immigrant populations and such modern developments as the use of the Internet as a recruiting tool? Can psychological factors surrounding terrorism be addressed effectively? Panelists will discuss new thinking and strategies for deterring terrorists and keeping radical ideologies from spreading.

This is the first in an annual series of lectures in memory of counterterrorism expert Ian Cuthbertson, who passed away in 2009. A senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, Ian was a former member of the Diplomatic Service of the United Kingdom; a former vice president of Programs at the EastWest Institute in New York; and a past editorial director and executive vice president of the media publishing company, TV Books. He was also a consultant on security issues to a number of governments, international organizations, and multinational companies. Ian’s work explored options for American and Western foreign and defense policy, particularly in countering the threat of terrorism in such areas as the spread of radical Islamist terrorist networks within Western prisons. He authored and edited books and articles on European military affairs, transatlantic security issues, and the balance between protecting civil liberties and conducting essential intelligence-gathering in the war on terrorism. Most recently he was the co-editor, with Professor Heinz Gaertner, of the book European Security and Transatlantic Relations after 9/11 and The War in Iraq: A Fork in the Road.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010
8:30 to 10 am
Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30, with remarks starting at 8:45


EastWest Institute
11 East 26th Street (between Madison and Fifth Avenues)
20th Floor
New York, NY 10010


RSVP to or call the WPI Events Line at (212) 481-5005, Option 2.

Advance registration is required to help us plan appropriately and minimize waste when ordering. Please RSVP by noon on Monday, October 25.

About the Speakers:

Since March 2004 Richard Barrett has been the Coordinator of a New York-based Team appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to advise the Security Council on the effective development and implementation of a sanctions regime aimed at individuals and groups associated with Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. He is also a member of the Secretary-General’s Task Force, established in 2005 to promote a coherent approach to counter-terrorism within the United Nations system. Within the Task Force he has particular responsibility for issues to do with radicalization and extremism that lead to terrorism, terrorist use of the Internet, and terrorist financing. Before working for the United Nations he had a full career with the British Government.

Tom Parker is the Policy Director for Terrorism, Counterterrorism and Human Rights at Amnesty International USA. From 2006-2008 Tom was Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center in New Haven, Connecticut. Tom previously served as the United Kingdom’s Special Adviser on Transitional Justice to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq and as Head of the CPA’s Crimes against Humanity Investigation Unit. He spent four years as war crimes investigator with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) working in the field in Bosnia and Kosovo, and six years as an officer in the British Security Service (MI5).

Belinda Cooper is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct professor at New York University's Center for Global Affairs, where she teaches and lectures on human rights and international law.



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