Tomorrow (April 16th) the Security & Risk Analysis (SRA) Club will be hosting its second Counter-Terrorism Panel. The discussion will be held at 7:00 PM in 113 IST Building (Cybertorium). A moderated discussion will encompass the first half of the panel, while an audience Q&A will make up the second half.
This semester’s CT Panel will feature experts in the field of terrorism: Prof. Donald Shemanski, Dr. Philip Jenkins, and Dr. Scott Bennett. The last CT panel was a huge success with over 60 attendees including individuals from the FBI and intelligence agencies.
After the jump is a rundown of the speakers from event organizer Russ Beck:
Donald Shemanski served for 23 years as a diplomat with the United States Foreign Service. Shemanski more recently held the position of Counselor for Global Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, directing the Embassy office responsible for high-priority policy issues such as counter-terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, climate change, and international judicial assistance. He has had a number of postings in Washington and abroad, including tours in Italy, Pakistan, Cyprus, and Germany. His assignments have included serving as Deputy Special Envoy to the Afghan Mujahedin. Before his life in the Foreign Service, Shemanski was also a Lawyer. Shemanski currently resides a professor of Security and Risk Analysis in the College of IST at Penn State.
Dr. Scott Bennett is a Research Professor of Political Science at Penn State. He specializes in international conflict, methodology, and computer applications. Dr. Bennett has studied the duration of international phenomena including wars, crises, rivalries, and alliances. He is currently working to develop models of how the balance of power affects conflict escalation, and what features of countries and conflicts lead to more or less fatalities in wars.
Dr. Philip Jenkins has expertise in numerous subjects in History and Religious Studies. His major interests include the study of global Christianity, past and present; new and emerging religious movements; and twentieth century US history, chiefly post-1975. Professor Jenkins also has an enduring interest in issues of crime and deviance, and the construction of social problems. In 2007, Dr. Jenkins addressed the Prime Minister of Britain, Tony Blair, at a conference on Islam and Muslims in the World Today. He has published more than twenty books, which have been translated into ten languages. IN 2003, Dr. Jenkins wrote Images of Terror: What We Can And Can’t Know About Terrorism.