Terror networks in North Africa are focus of all-day campus conference

November 09, 2010

The Department of Political Science and International Studies is sponsoring a full-day conference, “Violent Extremism in North Africa and the Sahel,” with noted national and international experts 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 in Decker Center Forum.

The conference, which includes lunch, is free and open to the public. For information, call 410-857-2410 or email Dr. Anouar Boukhars, professor of Political Science and International Studies, at aboukhars@mcdaniel.edu.

McDaniel College and the CNA Center for Naval Analyses – a federally funded research and development center for the Navy and Marine Corps – are co-sponsoring this conference. Through panel discussions and a keynote address, speakers and participants will discuss efforts to revamp U.S. security interests in North Africa.

“The dramatic rise in terrorist attacks in North Africa since 9/11 has boosted the geostrategic importance of the region,” Boukhars says. “The challenge for the Obama administration is reconceptualizing its security interests in the Maghreb in a way that confronts the causes and not just the symptoms of the multiple challenges that threaten the stability of the countries of the region and, by extension, U.S. strategic interests.”

Margaret Nardi, director of regional affairs at the Office of the Coordinator of Counterterrorism with the U.S. Department of State, will deliver a luncheon keynote address, “Challenges and Opportunities in North Africa and the Sahel.”

Panel discussions will delve into the following topics: Radicalization Trends in the Maghreb; Assessing the Effectiveness of Current De-radicalization Initiatives; Current and Potential Sources of intra-Maghrebi Violence and Conflict; and Political, Economic and Social Trends in the Maghreb.

See a detailed agenda and read more information about the conference here.