Terrorism and Democracy – Perspectives from Israel, UK and the EU

The second Research Seminar series has the pleasure and honour to invite Prof. Gabriel Ben Dor for an exciting webinar on the subject of Terrorism and Democracy. This second event will set the tone to the debate around the danger that terrorism poses to democracies. It will focus on the counter-terrorism policy agendas of Israel, UK and EU and it will examine how intelligence-sharing contributes to mitigating the impacts of terrorism in democratic societies.

Prof. Ben-Dor will give a keynote lecture on the challenges posed by terrorism and how democracy has been a cornerstone to the construction of Israel.
This second event will set the tone to the debate around the danger that terrorism poses to democracies. It will focus on the counter-terrorism policy agendas of Israel, UK and EU and it will examine how intelligence-sharing contributes to mitigating the impacts of terrorism in democratic societies. Prof.Christian Kaunert will examine the challenges that terrorism poses to EU Security and how it has been shaping the EU Counter-Terrorism policy agenda. Prof. Sarah Leonard will explore how Brexit impacts on UK Counter-Terrorism agenda and what are the challenges ahead in terms of intelligence sharing.

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Prof. Gabriel Ben Dor

Gabriel Ben-Dor is Professor of Political Science at the University of Haifa in Israel. He served in the past as the Rector of the University, as well as Chairman of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies and Dean of Research. He is also a past President of the Israel Political Science Association. He is a member of a number of high-level public commissions and forums dealing with academic development and policy in Israel and abroad. In the past, he served as senior adviser on strategic affairs to the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Professor Ben-Dor has also advised major institutions of higher education in Israel and abroad, particularly in the United Kingdom, on academic programs and appointments.

Professor Ben-Dor has published seven books and over one hundred and twenty articles in scholarly journals on Middle East politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, national security affairs, strategic studies, ethnic problems and political theory.

Professor Ben-Dor has been a visiting lecturer at a number of universities in Western Europe, Canada and the United States. He holds a doctorate in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University in the United States.

Professor Ben-Dor has commented on political and strategic affairs to audiences around the world, including appearances on radio and television programs from Israel, Sweden, Norway, Germany, China, Brazil, Canada, Russia and the United States.

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Bios: Dr. John D. Occhipinti is Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at Canisius College in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. He earned his B.A. in International Relations and German Literature from Colgate University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Dr. Occhipinti was a Fulbright Scholar in Tübingen, Germany in 1989-1990, when the Berlin Wall was opened and conducted his Ph.D. field research in Berlin in 1994-1995 on the transformation of the East German police after German unity.

At Canisius College, Dr. Occhipinti teaches courses on comparative government, transnational crime, and the European Union. He is also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University in its master’s degree program in Homeland Security.

In this capacity, he has taught on Interagency Cooperation since 2011, and has led a hybrid course on Globalization of Threats and International Security, which entailed classroom sessions in Limassol, Cyprus, as well as online learning.

Dr. Occhipinti has spoken at several college and universities, lectured for the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and presented his research at conferences in North America and Europe, as well as at the U.S. State Department and for the National Intelligence Council. In 2005 and 2009, Dr. Occhipinti briefed newly appointed U.S. ambassadors to the European Union regarding transatlantic relations on internal security.