Inaugural Lecture: Andrew Glazzard, Professor of National Security Policy and Practice
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Tuesday 26 April 2022
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Security and Imagination: Predicting Security Threats and Responses
The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US were the result of a ‘failure of imagination’, according to the 9/11 Commission Report. But what is the role of the imagination in security? We can all imagine bad things happening in the future, and perhaps we can also imagine ways of combating them that do not yet exist. But can that really achieve a more secure future? This lecture will address these questions by looking particularly at terrorist threats in the past, present and future, and what can or should be done to prepare for them.
Andrew was previously Assistant Professor in Swansea University’s Cyber Threats Research Centre. After a twenty-year career in UK government, he joined the Royal United Services Institute in 2014 where he was Director of National Security Studies. From 2020-2021 he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) in Washington DC. His research interests focus on counter-terrorism, including how and why terrorists use technology, terrorist deradicalization, and the use of strategic communication approaches to counter terrorism. He was awarded an OBE in 2007.