An End to the War on Terrorism: A discussion with Phil Gurski
Wars have typically been fought against proper nouns (Germany, say) for the good reason that proper nouns can surrender and promise not to do it again. Wars against common nouns (poverty, crime, drugs) have been less successful. Such opponents never give up. The war on terrorism, unfortunately, falls into the second category.
- Grenville Byford, Foreign Affairs, “The Wrong War”
Why are we still at “war” with terror 16 years after 9/11?
What we have collectively done well, what we have done poorly, what we have yet to try and how we get to the point where terrorism does not dominate public discourse and cause disproportionate fear around the world.
Join us for a discussion with former Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) analyst Phil Gurski, who will speak about his new book, An End to the War on Terrorism.
This book looks at a variety of approaches and responses to international Islamist extremism, ranging from military and security/law enforcement action to government policies, community measures and religious efforts, with a goal to determining what has worked and what has not. The examples draw largely from the West but the book's scope is global.
Rowman and Littlefield published An End to the War on Terrorism.
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About Phil Gurski
Phil Gurski is the president and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting. He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS from 2001 to 2013, specializing in Al Qaeda/Islamic State-inspired violent extremism and radicalization. From 1983 to 2001, he worked as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment, specializing in the Middle East. He also served as a senior special advisor in the National Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada from 2013 until his retirement from the civil service in May 2015, and as a consultant for the Ontario Provincial Police’s Anti-Terrorism Section (PATS) in 2015. Mr. Gurski has presented on Al Qaeda/Islamic State-inspired violent extremism and radicalization across Canada and around the world. He is the author of The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West (Rowman and Littlefield) and the forthcoming Western Foreign Fighters: The Threat to Homeland and International Security (Rowman and Littlefield). He regularly blogs and tweets on terrorism. He is a visiting fellow at the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) in the Netherlands and a fellow at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School for International Affairs (NPSIA).