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Conference: “The War on Terror at Twenty: Assessing Lessons Learned from the American and British Experiences” (virtual)

September 17, 2021 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


How did the US and UK governments respond in the days, weeks, and years following the major terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 and 7/7/2005? What have both countries learned about dealing with the threat of terrorism? Panels of American and British former leaders will examine these questions.


American Panelists

-Former Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair

-Former Acting Director of Central Intelligence John McLaughlin

-Ambassador James Dobbins

-Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Lawrence Wright


British Panelists

-Former Chief of the British Intelligence Service Sir John Scarlett

-Former Security and Intelligence Coordinator and Director of GCHQ Sir David Omand

-Former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation Lord Alex Carlile

-Former Home Secretary Lord David Blunkett

-Former Director General UK Security Service Lord Jonathan Evans


Panelists will discuss each country’s experience.  The conference will conclude with a discussion of similarities and differences, offering counterterrorism policy recommendations for the future. Register Here. For more information, contact Luke Morgan,


Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for Arts and Humanities and the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense.


UNC-Chapel Hill


September 17, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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