It is hoped that speakers notes and presentations from a recently hosted conference at the Conflict Records Research Center at the National Defense University and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, entitled “Ten Years Later: Insights on al-Qaeda’s Past & Future through Captured Records” will eventually enter the public domain. This panel looked especially interesting;
0915 -1130 – Panel 1: “What did scholars and policy makers know about al-Qaeda and Affiliated Movements (AQAM) before 9/11?”
- Dr. Thomas Hegghammer (Chair), Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
- Dr. Mark Stout, Lecturer, Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, Johns Hopkins University, on “The Evolution of Intelligence Assessments of the Jihadist Threat, 1989-2009”
- Ms. Cindy Storer, Lecturer at Coastal Carolina University, Senior Analyst at Pherson Associates LLC, and former CIA Analyst, on “Al-Qaeda: Challenges for Analysis Before 9/11”
- Dr. Mary Habeck, Associate Professor of Strategic Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, on “Al-Qa’ida’s Strategies on 9-11: What do the documents say?”
- Dr. Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, on “Academic Intelligence on al-Qa’ida Pre-9/11: Lessons Learned”
On a slightly different note, but still on issues of information gathering in one form or another, the Autopsies Research Group is hosting, “Cultures of Surveillance: An Interdisciplinary Conference”, between the 29 September and 1 October 2011 at University College London (UCL). Topics of interest include, “All the Same, We Watched Them a Bit’: Everyday Policing of North Africans in Paris in the 1950s”. The agenda is here and details of papers to be presented here.