Lunch Program | ISIS and Global Terrorism: What It Will Take to Defeat Them
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
International Ballroom


Michael Weiss, Senior Editor, Daily Beast; Co-Author, "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror"

Nada Bakos, Former Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency
Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator, South Carolina
Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy, Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, U.S. State Department

Ever since its lightning advance across Syria and Iraq two years ago, the world has become all too familiar with the jihadist militant group ISIS. Their grisly beheadings and destruction of ancient sites gained them not only international condemnation, but, unfortunately, many followers. While at first ISIS may have been seen as a "local" problem, the recent terrorist attacks it inspired in Brussels, Paris, Egypt, Jakarta, Africa, Istanbul and the U.S. have made it the top concern of many world leaders. Though increased military intervention by the U.S., Iraq, France, Russia and others have slowed ISIS' advance, the group remains a potent terrorist threat. But they aren't the only one. Al Qaeda remains strong in parts of the globe, Boko Haram in Africa, the Taliban in Asia. Homegrown terrorists who aren't formally affiliated with a group, but sympathize with a cause, also pose a serious threat. The question is: how can ISIS and other terrorists be defeated? Without more "boots on the ground," who will force their hand? What are the best strategies to win this war?