Next week, the White House is hosting a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism(known to most laypeople as “terrorism”). It was originally scheduled for last year but got delayed – and then put back on the calendar afterthe Paris attacksin January. What should we expect from a summit like this? “Alas, I’m expecting very little of a positive nature,” Col. (Ret.)Jack Jacobstells us. “I view this principally as a media event. I hope I’m wrong.”
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Just in case the summitdoesturn out to be primarily a media event, we thought we’d take our podcast – which technically, is a media event – and turn it into a terrorism summit. This week’s episode is called “Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?” (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above. You can alsoread the transcript, which includes credits for the music you’ll hear in the episode.)
We talk about what’s known and what’s not known about terrorism; we talk about what’s working and what’s not to prevent it; we talk about whether we overvalue the threat of tactical terrorism and undervalue the threat of strategic terrorism, including cyber- and bioterrorism.
Here’s who you’ll hear from on our terrorism UnSummit:
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BLOOM: So one of my main approaches … is to look at how terrorist groups change and innovate, how they learn from each other. And looking at, for example, changing operatives from males who were suicide bombers to looking at women terrorists and to increasingly moving to the future, looking at children who engage in political violence. For example, we see children in Boko Haram and ISIS Cubs and we’re seeing more and more children who are militarized across the world.
JACOBS: We really don’t have any national strategy — but to be fair, trying to develop a national strategy in this kind of national-security environment, where we’re just getting started, is probably too much to ask.
You’ll also hearSteve Levitt‘s contribution to the terrorism debate, which might surprise you a bit — unless you know how Levitt thinks.