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A Women's Place? Women in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism since 9/11

Tue., Oct. 16, 2018 11:30 a.m. - Tue., Oct. 16, 2018 1:00 p.m.

Location: ED 106.1 (Education Building)

Dr. Joana Cook
Department of War Studies
King's College, London

9/11 fundamentally transformed how the U.S. approached counter-terrorism and led to the unprecedented evolution and expansion of full-spectrum U.S. counter-terrorism strategies, policies, and practices. The diverse actors contributing to counter-terrorism are increasingly considering, engaging, and impacting women in their efforts yet flawed assumptions and stereotypes remain prevalent about their involvement as both agents and targets of these measures. Dr. Cook will discuss the evolution of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts post 9/11 and the roles of women within these through the administrations of Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump. In so doing she will illustrate how and why the roles of women in international U.S. counter-terrorism -- and, indeed, within al-Qaeda -- have evolved as they have.

Dr. Cook is a senior research fellow with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalism and Political Violence, and a Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society. An alumnus of the Politics and International Studies Department (BA Hons '10), Dr. Cook is being awarded the 2018 Alumni Crowning Achievement Award in the Young Alumni category.

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