Wednesday, March 16, 2016

UIS Speaker Series presents "ISIL-linked operatives in the United States and their implications"

WHAT: The World Affairs Council of Central Illinois and the University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series present a discussion on “ISIL-linked operatives in the United States and their implications”. Dean Alexander, professor of criminal justice and the director of the Homeland Security Research Program at Western Illinois University, will be the featured speaker.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: We know that the Islamic State has beheaded scores of captives and claimed responsibility for recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Nigeria. We understand that they could topple governments in Syria and Iraq. We are aware that the Islamic State is recruiting members from the United States. However, do we really know who the members of the Islamic State are, what motivates them, and who is leading it? Can the Islamic State be defeated by military power, or is another strategy needed? How can we limit the flow of recruits to the Islamic State and prevent attacks by this group on our soil? Renowned expert on terrorism and security, Dean Alexander, who recently wrote The Islamic State: Combating the Caliphate Without Borders, will answer these questions and others at his presentation on the Islamic State.

Alexander has lectured about terrorism and security to NATO, the U.S. State Department, the Illinois State Terrorism Unit and many other organizations. He has also consulted for the Organization of American States, the World Bank, and a number of companies. He has written numerous journal articles and books about terrorism and security. Alexander has law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.) and American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.).

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public.

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