HSTI Live: Countering Violent Extremism - March 29, 2017
How does one prevent young people from becoming targeted recruits for a terrorist organization?
There are numerous ways that Americans, particularly young Americans, become recruited and converted to violent extremism. During this event, participants will learn about the recruitment process and how the Internet is utilized to cultivate the next generation of global extremists.
Recent real-life case studies enables viewers to recognize the motivations of individuals who may be on the verge of terrorist involvement. Additionally, the course will incorporate the identification of extremist imagery and how the sophisticated use of the Internet, specifically through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, assists in solidifying support for insurgent operations at home and abroad.
This HSTI Live event will examine this phenomenon and provide ideas on minimizing the effects of this type of ideology within the United States.
The workshop will be broken down into the following sections:
· The history of recruitment within the United States by terrorist organizations.
· A look inside the violent extremist recruitment process and an ideolgy discussion on the growth of violent extremism in the United States .
· A panel discussion of prevention techniques aimed at reducing the opportunity to create violent extremism within the United States.
Dr. Jennifer Hesterman - Dr. Jennifer Hesterman (Colonel, USAF, retired) is an academic author, instructor and counterterrorism expert specializing in fighting domestic terror, transnational crime and the exploitation of the Internet by terrorists and criminals for financing, recruitment and clandestine communication. She is a cleared professional and one of just a handful of experts in the world on the terror-crime nexus. Dr. Hesterman’s book, "Soft Target Hardening," earned Book of the Year by ASIS in 2014.
Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is an American counter-terrorism scholar and analyst. In 2014 he became the CEO of Valens Global, a private company that consults on counter-terrorism, Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and ISIL, as well as other insurgent groups and violent nonstate actors. In addition to his role at Valens Global, Mr. Gartenstein-Ross is the Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based think tank. He is also an expert at Wikistrat and frequently consults on counter-terrorism for various government agencies as well as the private sector. In 2011, Gartenstein-Ross wrote the book "Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing the War on Terror: published by John Wiley & Sons.
Dr. Megan Alderden - Dr. Alderden is the Research Director for Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority's (ICJIA) Research & Analysis Unit, which operates as the Illinois Statistical Analysis Center. Prior to joining the Authrority, Dr. Alderden was an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Saint Xavier University where her work focused primarily on sexual assault investigations and issues in policing.
Participants can attend the event live at the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn, IL at the Homeland Security Education Center or view the webinar on-line. Comments and questions can be emailed in during the broadcast.
Date and Time
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Homeland Education Center
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137