Winter/Spring 2016

Radicalization on the Homefront
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

How does violent radicalism draw followers? Lorenzo Vidino, director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, explains what attracts young Americans to take part in violent jihad.

Diplomacy in Afghanistan: An Inside View
Monday, February 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
The war in Afghanistan is the longest in American history. Former U.S. envoy to Afghanistan James Dobbins and former ambassador Ryan Crocker discuss diplomacy, nation-building and U.S.-Afghan relations since 9/11. Dobbins served as President Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Crocker has been U.S. ambassador to no fewer than six countries—including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria—under four presidents.

The Fight Against ISIS
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
With escalating terror attacks around the world, the need for a successful strategy to combat ISIS is urgent and growing. Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, former special adviser for transition in Syria at the State Department, discusses how ISIS can be contained. 

Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
The deepest questions of belief converge on both the events connected to 9/11 and the extremist violence engulfing the world today. What should our response be when religious texts are invoked to justify violence? Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, author of the bestselling book “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence” and the former chief rabbi of the UK and Commonwealth, explores the complex connection between religion and violence, and the potential of faith to promote peace.

Journey Through a Turbulent World: From Kabul to the White House
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
As a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Afghanistan and Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad had a first-hand role in shaping U.S. foreign policy post 9/11. Coinciding with the release of his new book, “The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World,” Khalilzad shares his unique perspective on the conflicts ravaging the greater Middle East today.

9/11 and the American Landscape
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Photographer Jonathan C. Hyman documented grassroots memorials after 9/11. His archive of over 20,000 images focuses on tributes from the tristate area, beginning just after 9/11 and running through the 10th anniversary. Hyman joins Dr. Jan S. Ramirez, the Museum’s chief curator and vice president of collections, to discuss the iconography of commemoration and the varieties of popular response to 9/11 captured in his photographs.

The Women of ISIS
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Why are women joining the Islamic State? ISIS is known to subjugate women, and yet women are joining up. Scholar Katherine E. Brown, who specializes in gender and terrorism, discusses how female jihadis fit into ISIS’ pursuit of an extremist utopia.

Pope Francis at Ground Zero and the Power of Coming Together
Monday, April 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
In September, Pope Francis led a Multireligious Meeting for Peace inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum. As a follow-up to this historic event, program participants Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove and Imam Khalid Latif return to the Museum to reflect on the pontiff’s visit and the importance of interfaith dialogue in a time of religious polarization.

Interviewing bin Laden
Monday, May 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
John Miller, today the NYPD's deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism, famously interviewed Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in May 1998 for ABC News. On Monday, May 2, five years after bin Laden was killed during a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Miller looks back on that interview and offers unique insight into current counterterrorism strategies.

Henry Kissinger on the Middle East: What’s at Stake?
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger discusses how the U.S. should approach current conflicts in the Middle East, including the rise of ISIS, Iran-Saudi tensions, U.S.-Russia relations and the emergence of failed states.

Hope at Ground Zero
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Photographer Andrea Booher arrived as part of a team of photographers at Ground Zero on Sept. 12, 2001, to chronicle the work of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams. She spent the next 10 weeks documenting the search for survivors and the shift from rescue to recovery. Booher joins Amy S. Weisser, the Museum’s vice president of exhibitions, to discuss her time at Ground Zero and the extraordinary people whose work she photographed.

Security vs. Security
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
The iPhone debate demonstrated a strong commitment by federal and local officials to gain access to encrypted data. But law enforcement and national security agencies do not always share priorities in the encryption debate. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and former NSA cyber official Robert K. Knake discuss how an immediate crisis response is weighed against longer-term security. 

Protecting and Exposing Private Data
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
The private sector and the government both want to protect data through stronger encryption. Yet the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings revealed very different views of when encryption should be challenged, with debates centering on whether a single breach would open the way to many others. Susan Landau, a leading expert on cybersecurity, explains the balance between protecting and exposing private data.

Turkey in Turmoil
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
A peninsula bordered by eight countries, including Syria, Iraq and Iran, Turkey occupies a critical position in the Middle East. In the face of the threat posed by ISIS, Turkey’s policies have generated tensions with the U.S. and other NATO allies. Dr. Henri J. Barkey, director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses the impact of Turkey’s domestic and regional policies on the fight against ISIS.