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Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for four decades. He is a tenured professor in Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he is also the Director of both the Center for Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program. In addition, Professor Hoffman is visiting Professor of Terrorism Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland. He previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office. Appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve as a commissioner on the Independent Commission to Review the FBI’s Post-9/11 Response to Terrorism and Radicalization, Professor Hoffman was a lead author of the commission’s final report. He was Scholar-in-Residence for Counterterrorism at the Central Intelligence Agency between 2004 and 2006; an adviser on counterterrorism to the Office of National Security Affairs, Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, and from 2004-2005 an adviser on counterinsurgency to the Strategy, Plans, and Analysis Office at Multi-National Forces-Iraq Headquarters, Baghdad. Professor Hoffman was also an adviser to the Iraq Study Group. He is the author of Inside Terrorism (2006). Professor Hoffman’s most recent books are The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death (2014), and Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947 (2015), which was awarded the Washington Institute for Near East Studies’ Gold Medal for the best book on Middle Eastern politics, history and society published in 2015 and also named the Jewish Book of the Year for 2015 by the Jewish National Book Council.Anonymous Soldiers was also cited as best book of the year by the St Louis Times-Dispatch and the Kirkus Review and an “Editors’ Choice” of the New York Times Book Review.

Professor Maura Conway is Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University (DCU) in Dublin, Ireland and Coordinator of VOX-Pol, a EU-funded project on violent online political extremism (voxpol.eu). Dr. Conway’s principal research interests are in the area of terrorism and the Internet, including academic and media discourses on cyberterrorism, the functioning and effectiveness of violent political extremist online content, and violent online radicalisation. She is the author of over 40 articles and chapters in her specialist area(s). Her research has appeared in, amongst others, Media, War & Conflict, Parliamentary Affairs, Social Science Computer Review, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. She has presented her findings before the United Nations in New York, the Commission of the European Union in Brussels, and elsewhere.

Professor Philip Bobbitt is one of the US’s leading constitutional theorists, Professor Bobbitt’s interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. He has published eight books: Tragic Choices (with Calabresi) (Norton, 1978),Constitutional Fate (Oxford, 1982), Democracy and Deterrence (Macmillans, 1987), U.S. Nuclear Strategy (with Freedman and Treverton) (St. Martin’s, 1989), Constitutional Interpretation (Blackwell, 1991), The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History (Knopf, 2002), Terror and Consent (Knopf, 2008), and most recently The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made (Atlantic, 2013). Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London). He is a member of the Commission on the Continuity of Government. He has served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Henry J. Friendly (2 Cir.), Associate Counsel to the President, the Counselor on International Law at the State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Director for Intelligence, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council. He is Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School, Distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas and Professor of Law at Swansea University. He is a former trustee of Princeton University; and a former member of the Oxford University Modern History Faculty and the War Studies Department of Kings College, London. He serves on the Editorial Board of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. For the Fall term 2005, he was the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. For the Spring term 2007, he was the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. And for the Fall Term 2014, he was Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Dr Erin Marie Saltman is Facebook’s Policy Manager overseeing counterterrorism and counter-extremism efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Dr Saltman’s background includes both far-right and Islamist extremist processes of radicalization and counter-extremism within a range of regional and socio-political contexts. Her primary expertise is on online extremism and counterterrorism as well as gender dynamics within violent extremist groups.  Dr Saltman’s previous work includes Senior Research positions at Quilliam Foundation and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, where she remains a Fellow.

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