Roundtable on Unconventional Threats

Director: Jessica Stern, Former Adjunct Fellow, Superterrorism, Council on Foreign Relations
May 1, 1999 - June 1, 1999

This roundtable covered two "unconventional" terrorist threats to the United States. The first meeting, "Global Monitoring of Infectious Disease: The National-Security Implications," addressed the national security implications of the global monitoring system for infectious disease. Margaret Hamburg of the Department of Health and Human Services spoke about the U.S. monitoring system and the role of HHS in fighting biological terrorism; Stephen Morse of the Defense Advanced Research Agency discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the global regime and the role of PROMED. The second session, "Sources of Terrorism in South Asia and the Middle East," consisted of three panel presentations by regional academic and policy experts on the sources of extremism, the movements and groups involved in violent opposition, and the challenge posed by fundamentalists to governments and regional stability. In recognition of the important role of news organizations in covering terrorist incidents in these regions, one panel was devoted to the discussion of the sometimes controversial presentation of terrorism in the media.


Global Monitoring of Infectious Diseases: The National Security Implications

Speakers: Stephen Morse, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Margaret Ann Hamburg, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presider: Jessica Stern
May 21, 1999

This meeting is not for attribution.

Sources of Religious Terrorism in the Middle East and South Asia

Speakers: Bruce Hoffman, Zalmay M. Khalilzad, Michael Aranoff, John L. Esposito, Ainslie T. Embree, Christopher Isham, Paula J. Dobriansky, Peter Lampert Bergen, Columbia University
Panelists: Michael Sheehan, Michael Aranoff, Jessica Stern, U.S. Department of State
May 21, 1999

This meeting is not for attribution.