Portsmouth Speaker Series: Counterterrorism Today

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  • 7:00 PM
  • Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801


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World Affairs at the Library

Trust, Travel Bans, and Homeland Security: Counter-terrorism Today with JAMES FOREST

Wednesday, September 13 at 7 PM 

Levenson Room, Portsmouth Public Library

Free and open to the public; Advance registration requested online or call 603.314.7970; Books for sale following program

This program is co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library.



James J.F. Forest, Ph.D., is an professor and director of the Security Studies graduate degree program at UMass Lowell. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and contemporary security studies, and directs the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. He is also a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University, where he conducts research, some of which is classified, on emerging terrorist threats, insurgencies, transnational criminal networks and U.S. Special Forces training.

Forest is the former director of Terrorism Studies at the United States Military Academy where he taught a variety of courses and directed research initiatives and education programs for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, covering topics such as terrorist recruitment, training, and organizational knowledge transfer. He has testified before Congressional hearings, served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases and has been interviewed by many television, newspaper and radio journalists in the U.S. and other countries. 

He was selected by the Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy as one of “America’s most esteemed terrorism and national security experts” and participated in its annual Terrorism Index studies 2006 to 2011.

He has published 18 books and dozens of articles in journals such as the Terrorism and Political Violence, Crime and Delinquency, Perspectives on Terrorism, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Contemporary Security Policy, the Journal of Political Science Education, and Democracy and Security. 

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