Hundreds of Israel's and the world's leading experts and officials conjoined and discussed burning topics in the realm of Counter-Terrorism: the evolution of the US counter-terrorism policy post 9/11; ISIS after its demise in Iraq and Syria; Lone Wolves phenomena and response; the diplomatic perspective of counter-terrorism; terrorism threats to democracy; and more
Amongst the conference' keynote speakers: Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Former Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States of America; The Honorable Manuel Valls, Former Prime Minister & Minister of Interior, France; Mr. Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Defense, Israel; MK Gilad Erdan, Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs & Information, Israel; MK Ayelet Shaked, Minister of Justice, Israel; MK Naftali Bennett, Minister of Education and Diaspora Affairs, Israel; Mr. Avi Gabbay, Chairperson of the Labor Party & Former Minister of Environmental Protection, Israel; MK Avi Dichter, Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Israel.
The annual conference was hosted by Prof. Uriel Reichman, President and Founder of IDC Herzliya; Mr. Shabtai Shavit, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICT; Prof. Boaz Ganor, Founder and Executive Director of ICT; Dean at Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya.
Also amongst the conference participants were: Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations; Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb, Dean of the Academic Board, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, USA; Mr. Brian Fishman, Lead Policy Manager, Counter-Terrorism, Facebook, USA; Commissioner Roger L. Parrino Sr., Commissioner, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, New York State, United States Dr. Jehangir Khan, Officer-in-Charge and Director, Office of Counter-Terrorism, United Nations; Dr. Mara Karlin, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, Department of Defense, USA; Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police Service, United Kingdom; Mr. Weixiong Chen, Acting Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Security Council, United Nations; Mr. Noor Dahri, Director, Pakistan-Israel Alliance, United Kingdom; Ms. Ana B. Hinojosa, Director, Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, World Customs Organization.
Amongst the Israeli experts and officials who participated: Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilead, Director, Institute for Policy & Strategy (IPS) and Chair, Herzliya Conference Series, IDC Herzliya, Israel; MK Tzipi Livni, Lt. Gen. (Res.) Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon, Dan Meridor, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Matan Vilnai; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Orit Adato, Former Commissioner, Israeli Prison Services (IPS), Israel and MK Ofer Shelah, Member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, Israel.
Prof. Uriel Reichman, President and founder of IDC Herzliya, spoke at the event saying: “In the Western world, a new order is emerging, which is affected by increasing economic threats. The events of September 11 and the economic crisis of 2008 go hand in hand. We are facing a great threat because of the robotics and the big data that are about to reduce the number of jobs in services, but also in banking, investment and insurance. Thus, the economic fear on the one hand and the fears of emigration on the other hand, the cultural struggle, in addition to the economic crisis, create a new situation in which Europe and the United States are preoccupied with what is going on in their own boundaries and with their own interests, and the world order that has existed since World War II in relations between states is undermined. , Especially the Muslim world, a new alignment is being created in the world order, which will also be reflected in the continuation of terror - within the Muslim world and the Western countries, where extremist elements operate.”
Prof. Boaz Ganor, Founder and Executive Director of ICT and Dean at Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya, greeted the participants of the conference saying: “In the framework of the speeches, the workshops and the war games that we will conduct in the conference, we will discuss the growing threat of the lone wolf phenomenon in the US counterterrorism policy between Obama and Bush and the policy of president Trump regarding the future of the Middle East after the expected defeat of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, catastrophic disasters and ways of dealing with them. We will discuss for the first time in the conference the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, global migration and its connection to terrorism, crisis management, and the challenges Israel faces, including Hezbollah. It is the largest gathering of anti-terrorism policy experts from around the world, a world summit. I urge you to be interested, to talk with guests and experts at the conference, because that is how we are building the global counter-terrorism network. I thank you all for your arrival and wish you a successful conference. "
Mr. Shabtai Shavit, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICT and former head of the Mossad, said at the conference: “My prediction is that radical Islam, Shiite and Sunni, will continue to promote the idea of an Islamic caliphate as these two factions compete for primacy. From the perspective of the Middle East, we see that the world of Sykes-Picot is dead, a new order is emerging and its final image will be shaped by the great powers, Iran, Syria, and smaller countries.”
Founded in 1996, the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya is one of the leading academic institutes for counter-terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism. ICT is an independent think tank providing expertise in terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, threat vulnerability, risk assessment, intelligence analysis, national security and defense policy.
ICT also serves as a joint forum for international policymakers and scholars to share information and expertise through research papers, situation reports and academic publications for worldwide distribution. A number of international seminars, workshops and conferences are organized monthly by ICT to discuss and educate on global and regional issues of security, defense, and public policy in order to better facilitate the exchange of perspectives, information and proposals for policy action. Finally, ICT administers the largest public domain research database on the Internet encompassing global terrorist attacks, terrorist organizations and activists in addition to statistical reports.
To view the keynote addresses and session on the ICT VOD page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFF6AXOSOmDH-bbCgywbhUg/videos?pbjreload=10