Haviland Smith: Terrorism Today — a primer in extremism and what the US can do to address it
What are the causes of fundamentalist terrorism? How does terrorism differ from insurgencies? What feeds these flames, and what can the United States do to help quench them? What are the strategic realities around mitigating the threats we face?
Haviland Smith, a retired CIA station chief, will speak about Fundamentalist Muslim Terrorism at the Green Mountain Global Forum event on April 2nd 7pm at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren. As a CIA Station Chief, most of his professional life was focused on the recruitment and handling of Soviet and East European agents and on the management of that effort. Over his 24-year career at the CIA, he served in Prague, Berlin, Beirut, and Tehran. Of particular relevance are his years serving as the Chief of the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Staff, and as the Executive Assistant in the Director’s Office.
Haviland Smith was educated at Dartmouth and the University of London, majoring in Russian studies. Today he writes and lectures extensively on Russia, Terrorism and the Middle East. He lives in Vermont.
This presentation is sponsored by the Green Mountain Global Forum and will take place Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 7pm at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren.
GMGF's goal is to promote greater awareness and understanding of global issues by bringing knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers to the Mad River Valley. GMGF aims to encourage higher levels of public concern and involvement, foster connections in the community and a sense of solidarity with the outside world, and inspire change and action. Founded in 2002, The Green Mountain Global Forum provides a unique opportunity in the Mad River Valley for the presentation and discussion of significant global issues that define the times in which we live. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q and A session and refreshments. For more information call: Laura Brines, 496-2490.