Intelligence on Iran Still Lacking

Authors: Lionel Beehner and Greg Bruno

Iran’s alleged meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan and its defiance of orders to halt uranium enrichment have drawn sharp criticism from the west. Amid the rhetoric some analysts and policy makers continue to question the quality and credibility of Washington’s intelligence on Tehran, while a new National Intelligence Estimate adds to the uncertainty.

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UK and U.S. Approaches in Countering Radicalization: Intelligence, Communities, and the Internet

On Friday, April 1, 2011, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies, and King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation will hold a day-long, multisession symposium on the issue of Islamist radicalization. The symposium, to be held at CFR's office in Washington, DC, aims to bring together leading officials and experts from the United Kingdom and the United States to take stock, exchange best practices, and develop fresh ideas for tackling some of the most important issues in the current debate.

The symposium, currently scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., will feature keynote addresses by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute and UK Minister of State for Security and Counterterrorism Pauline Neville-Jones, as well as panel discussions on trends and developments related to radicalization, the role of the intelligence community, promoting community engagement, and countering online radicalization.

**A detailed agenda is below. Please note there have been some changes to the program since the initial announcement.**

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast Reception

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. - Welcoming Remarks

James Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. - UK Keynote

Pauline Neville-Jones, Minister of State for Security and Counterterrorism, Home Office
Presider: James Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations

10:15 – 10:25 a.m. - Break

10:25 – 11:25 a.m. - Panel One: Violent Radicalization – Key Trends and Developments

John Scarlett, Former Chief, British Secret Intelligence Service
Juan Zarate
, Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Former Deputy National Security Adviser for Combatting Terrorism
Presider: Eric Schmitt, Terrorism and National Security Correspondent, New York Times

**This session is not for attribution.**

11:25 – 11:35 a.m. - Break

11:35 – 12:35 p.m. - Panel Two: Intelligence and Counter-Radicalization

Charles Allen, Principal, Chertoff Group; Former Undersecretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis
William Bratton
, Former Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department; Chairman, Kroll, Altegrity, Inc.
Peter Clarke
, Former Head, Counterterrorism Command, New Scotland Yard, and UK National Coordinator of Terrorist Investigations
Presider: Dina Temple-Raston, Counterterrorism Correspondent, NPR

12:35 – 1:10 p.m. - Lunch

1:10 – 2:10 p.m. - U.S. Keynote: "Community Partnerships to Counter Violent Extremism"

Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Presider: Bruce Hoffman, Director, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

2:10 – 2:20 p.m. - Break

2:20 – 3:20 p.m. - Panel Three: "Reaching Out" – Promoting Community Engagement

Ed Husain, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Suhail Khan
, Former Adviser, George W. Bush Administration
Munira Mirza, Adviser to the Mayor of London
Abdal Ullah
, Councillor, Tower Hamlets; Former Member, London Metropolitan Police Authority
Presider: Craig Whitlock, National Security Correspondent, Washington Post

3:20 – 3:30 p.m. - Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Panel Four: "New Frontiers" – Countering Online Radicalization

Shahed Amanullah, Founder,; Senior Adviser for Technology, U.S. Department of State
Daniel Kimmage, Group Director for Digital Presence, Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, U.S. Department of State
Shiraz Maher
, Associate Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation
William McCants
, Founder,; Senior Adviser, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
Presider: Peter Neumann, Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation; Visiting Fellow, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University

4:30 – 4:45 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Steven Simon, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

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Saddam's Delusions: The View from the Inside

The key authors of the Pentagon’s secret study of Saddam Hussein’s regime, based on captured Iraqi documents and prisoner interviews, will discuss the Foreign Affairs article, “Saddam’s Delusions: The View from the Inside” (May/June 2006).

This meeting is part of the Iraq: The Way Forward Series.

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Intelligence Reform and Oversight: The View from Congress

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) produced the most far reaching reform of the U.S. intelligence community in nearly 60 years. Join Representatives Jane Harman and Peter Hoekstra, principal leaders of the legislative process that resulted in the IRTPA, to appraise the legislation's achievements and examine the obstacles to implementation. This special discussion will be the final meeting of the Council series, "U.S. National Intelligence: Progress and Challenges."

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