While news coverage of conflict is plentiful, it often does not divulge the inside stories behind the rise in authoritarian rule, terrorism, and civil war that shape much of our world today. This conversation with counterterrorism expert Ambassador Daniel Benjamin reveals what the news won’t about international politics, diplomacy, and the future of global conflict in its many guises.
Moderator: Albert Bergesen is the director of the UA School of Sociology. His research interests include the sociology of culture, world-systems analysis, and transnational sociology. Bergesen’s most recent work focuses on terrorism and collective violence, and he wrote the entry on "Terrorism" in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization.
Faten Ghosn is an associate professor of political science in the UA School of Government and Public Policy. Her research and teaching focuses on how adversaries interact and use strategy to manage conflict. Ghosn’s research has appeared in Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Negotiation, International Studies Quarterly, and the Middle East Journal.
Alex Braithwaite is an associate professor of international relations in the UA School of Government and Public Policy. His research addresses the causes and shifting geographical borders of violent and nonviolent political conflict, including terrorism, protests, riots, and wars. Braithwaite has published broadly and his research has been supported by grants from the Department of Defense, the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC UK), Apple Inc., and others.
Ambassador Daniel Benjamin is the former head of the Counterterrorism Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, where he was the longest-serving coordinator for counterterrorism in the United States and the principal advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is now an in-demand expert on 21st century terror threats and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Frontline, PBS NewsHour, All Things Considered, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering an inside look into the most impactful trends, threats, and risks out there today (many of which you do not even know exist).