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Global Engagement and Leadership Luncheon

Jun 16, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm

cyber_istock_orginalGlobal Instability: Is Disorder the New Order?

Thomas M. Sanderson
Director and Senior Fellow
Transnational Threats Project
Center for Strategic and International Studies

The luncheon will include a presentation of the Donald E. Farr and George C. Oehmler Awards to an outstanding high school student and teacher

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

Is the world unraveling? Or, does it just feel that way? It seems like every day brings news of yet another crisis or conflict. The Middle East is grappling with the ongoing civil war in Syria, the growing reach of ISIS, an intensified rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and failing states.

Europe – usually thought of as peaceful and stable – is dealing with its own crises: fighting in Ukraine, Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and homegrown terrorism. Conflict and strife in Africa and elsewhere have unleashed a wave of refugees in numbers that haven’t been seen since World War II.  Even Asia, which has been reliably stable for decades, is starting to simmer around the edges. China is becoming more assertive; North Korea is growing more provocative and unpredictable.

Is the world just having a few really bad years? Or, are turmoil and unrest the new norm? Why has the world become so unsettled? Is there a common thread underlying all of the turbulence? More importantly, can order be restored?

TSThomas Sanderson directs the CSIS Transnational Threats Project, where he investigates terrorism, transnational crime, global trends, and intelligence issues. He has conducted field research in more than 60 countries, engaging a variety of sources, including journalists, terrorists, traffickers, foreign intelligence officials, business leaders, nongovernmental organizations, clergy, and academia.

Sanderson is leading a multiphase study of emerging trends in terrorism covering South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa through 2015. He has also codirected an al Qaeda futures study, as well as numerous studies on Central Asia. From 2004 to 2009, he directed studies on violent extremism in Europe and Southeast Asia. He serves as a course instructor and consultant for the U.S. government and the private sector on terrorism, geopolitics, and global threats. From 1998 to 2002, he worked for Science Applications International Corporation, conducting research on weapons of mass destruction and terrorism for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s office of counterterrorism.

WAC members: $50 | Non-members: $75 | Table of eight (8): $400

Registration is required. Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions. No-shows and cancellations after June 9, 2015 will be charged.

Online registration for this event is closed. For information about this event, please call Melanie Gulasy at 412-281-7970.

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