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Events and Appearances - Thomas Joscelyn

March 2017

After the Islamic State: Consequences and Beneficiaries

7th March 2017 - 11:59 AM

On the heels of the Pentagon delivering its draft plan to destroy the Islamic State to the White House, an important question remains on who would benefit from such a defeat. How can the White House and Pentagon craft such a strategy without emboldening al-Qaeda? How will Iran and Syria be impacted by any denigration of IS control? Who fills the vacuum? How should the administration and others assess the situation?

November 2016

The Battle for Mosul

10th November 2016 - 12:00 PM

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a lunch discussion on the battle of Mosul. The timely conversation took place Thursday, November 10, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm, and featured Michael Gordon, Military Correspondent for The New York Times and former Writer-in-Residence at FDD, and Thomas Joscelyn, FDD Senior Fellow and Senior Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal. The conversation was moderated by FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah.

February 2015

CSIF Conference – The New Financial Wars

24th February 2015 - 1:00 PM

FDD celebrated the launch of its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance with a conference titled "The New Financial Wars: The Convergence of Illicit Finance, Economic Power, and National Security." The event brought together more than 200 government officials, policy professionals, and scholars for an afternoon of lively discussion on the critical role of economic power and financial warfare in U.S. national security.

May 2014

FDD’s Washington Forum 2014

1st May 2014 - 8:00 AM

The theme for this year's Washington Forum was "The Middle East in Transition: Allies, Adversaries and Enemies." With Washington attempting to minimize its exposure to conflict, America's foreign policy in the Middle East is in flux. Our ties with longstanding allies, including Israel and the Gulf States, are strained. Our ties with self-declared enemies, Iran in particular, are in transition. Is a new approach evolving? If so, is the region becoming more stable or volatile? More broadly, do the old distinctions between allies, adversaries and enemies still hold?

 

February 2014

Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern

27th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with John Cassara, Svante Cornell, Jonathan Schanzer, Tom Joscelyn, and John Hannah

Turkey has been rocked by a sweeping corruption scandal. Prime Minister Erdogan has responded by reassigning policemen and prosecutors, and clamping down on press freedom. While these actions have prompted only muted criticisms from the West, some of the cases raise troubling questions about terrorist activity in Turkey – including financial ties to Iran, Hamas, and even al-Qaeda figures. FDD has produced research recently on these issues. But many questions remain.

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

August 2013

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?

20th August 2013 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn and Cliff May

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy?

October 2012

Is Al-Qaeda Dead? An Experts Debate

15th October 2012 - 10:15 PM

In Collaboration with the New America Foundation

While some counterterrorism analysts and officials say that U.S. military efforts over the past 11 years have resulted in the defeat of al-Qaeda, others argue that the terrorist organization is more durable than that. The successes won by the CIA drone program in Pakistan’s tribal regions and the symbolic killing of Osama bin Laden might be tempered by the growing strength of al-Qaeda's affiliates in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. On the other hand, many point out that al-Qaeda has failed to carry out a large-scale terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11.

January 2012

Thomas Joscelyn to Participate in SOCOM Conference on al-Shabaab

24th January 2012 - 12:30 AM

External Support to al-Shabaab: InterAgency Workshop

Tribeca Grand Hotel

New York, NY

December 2011

Washington Forum 2011

6th December 2011 - 7:00 PM

Ideology, Power, and Alliances in a Changing Middle East
FDD's Annual Policy Summit

December 7-9, 2011
Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC

July 2011

Thomas Joscelyn Testifies Before the House Committee on Homeland Security

26th July 2011 - 7:30 PM

On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, the Committee on Homeland Security will hold the third in the series of hearings on domestic radicalization entitled “Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland.”  The Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. in 311 Cannon House Office Building.

June 2011

Thomas Joscelyn Briefs Members of Congress on Mullah Zakir

2nd June 2011 - 12:52 AM

Mr. Joscelyn was one of two witnesses called to hold an on-the-record briefing for several congressmen concerning Mullah Zakir, the top Taiban military commander. Zakir was held at Guantanamo for several years and is now one of the most lethal insurgents we face in Afghanistan -- if not THE most lethal.

May 2011

Sebastian Gorka to Speak at Conference on Winning the Ideological War Versus al Qaeda

24th May 2011 - 7:00 PM

Radical Islam has declared itself at war with the West as well as with moderate Muslims. The enemy is well organized, well funded, and grounded in the authority of religious texts. The United States therefore has a par ticularly difficult battle to fight.