2015 SENIOR CONFERENCE
The Combating Terrorism Center and the Department of Social Sciences hosted the United States Military Academy’s 51st annual Senior Conference from 19 – 21 April focusing on unconventional approaches to counterterrorism. The event, made possible by the West Point Association of Graduates and Combating Terrorism Center donors, brought together top-level counterterrorism practitioners and representatives from outside the CT community who face similar, complex problems to facilitate interdisciplinary conversation and generate new ideas for combating terrorism.
Keynote addresses from GEN(R) John Abizaid, emeritus distinguished chair of the CTC; Ambassador Michael Sheehan, distinguished chair of the CTC; and GEN Joseph L. Votel, commander of United States Special Operations Command, set the tone for the panels. The conference’s five panels looked at strategic ends in complex and uncertain environments; metrics and data; the war of ideas; partnerships and building partner capacity; and ways to counter the Islamic State. To learn more, click here for the conference’s agenda.
The contribution of experts from outside the counterterrorism field invigorated the discussion regarding the ongoing challenge of addressing the problems posed by groups committed to violent political change. Among the panelists were representatives from the field of complex systems analysis, advertising, sports metrics, financial trading, the media, a variety of NGOs, international organizations, and allied governments.
The CTC Sentinel special edition on the conference proceedings may be found here.
For further details about the history of the Senior Conference and its goals, please click here.
View the CTC’s interview series with several Senior Conference guests below or at the CTC’s video channel: