Dr. Juliette Bird, from NATO's Emerging Security Challenges Division, speaks during the Partnership for Peace Consortium's combating terriorism working group meeting Sept. 18-20 at the Marshall Center. (DOD photo/Karlheinz Wedhorn/RELEASED)
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Experts from 13 countries met in Garmisch for the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes' combating terrorism working group meeting.
The 27 representatives met Sept. 18-20 to discuss the War on Terror after 10 years.
The chairman of the working group, Dr. John Schindler, professor of national security affairs, U.S. Naval War College, welcomed everyone to the event on the first day, Sept. 19. Nine presentations followed, given by group members, including the State Department's Richard Prosen speaking on USG countering violent extremism technical assistance; and Ivan Calabuig-Williams, Implementing Development and Security, who spoke on countering extremist ideology in the Sahel and Central Asia. The day wrapped up with a presentation by Schindler titled, "The Salafi Movement: Threat or Opportunity."
On the second day, the conference continued with a discussion on the future and strategy of the working group as well as a presentation on NATO counterterrorism education by Dr. Juliette Bird, head of counterterrorism in NATO's emerging security challenges division.
The Marshall Center's Dr. Jay LeBeau and former center professor Dr. Elena Kovalova, professor of national security studies at the National Defense University, also gave presentations during the meeting.
The group's focus is to develop an internationally recognized body of terrorism studies experts to better understand international, regional and domestic terrorist threats, to educate future leaders who will have counterterrorism responsibilities, and to provide policy analysis and assistance to leaders currently dealing with the terrorist threat.
The working group's next meeting is planned for spring 2013.