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London Jewish Cultural Centre
Ivy House,
94-96 North End Road,
NW11 7SX

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2020 Vision seminar: 9/11: Reflections 10 Years On

Monday 15 August - Thursday 18 August, 10.30am-4.30pm

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Has the way we live changed forever? Join experts from the security and defence services, historians and scholars for in depth talks, debates and discussions on the past, current and future impact of 9/11.

Guest speakers include: Commander Richard Walton, Professor Christopher Andrew, Michael Whine, Nigel West, Haras Rafiq, Jonathan Spyer, Shiraz Maher and Professor Patrick Sookhdeo.

Day 1

Session 1: 10.30am-12.30pm
MI5 and British Intelligence from its foundation in 1909 to the 21st Century

Session 2: 1.30-3.00pm
British & US Intelligence and Colonel Gaddafi

Session 3: 3.15-4.30pm
Is Terror Inevitable?

Day 2

Session 1: 10.30am-12.30pm
Emerging Threats and the UK's Post 9/11 Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Session 2: 1.30-3.00pm
Antisemitism is in the DNA of Islamism (not in Islam)

Session 3: 3.15pm-4.30pm
Lessons Learned from the Prevent Strategy

Day 3

Session 1: 10.30am-12.30pm
The Israel-Islamist Conflict

Session 2: 1.30-3.00pm
Al-Qaeda and the Ummah: A Genealogy of the Modern Islamist Identity

Session 3: 3.15-4.30pm
Liberty & Freedom

Day 4

Session 1: 10.30am-12.30pm
Counter-terrorism and Intelligence in the 21st Century

Session 2: 1.30-3.00pm
Identifying the enemy after the death of Bin Laden – The West, Islam and the counter-ideology of war

Session 3: 3.15-4.30pm
The World in 2020: What Will It Look Like - Cause for Pessimism or Optimism?


Professor Christopher Andrew is a historian at the University of Cambridge with a special interest in international relations and in particular the history of intelligence services. An author with an exceptional understanding of the intelligence world, he had exclusive access to MI5 archives and identified key material from the very large volumes available in the M15 files.

Trudy Gold is Chief Executive of the London Jewish Cultural Centre and senior lecturer in Jewish history which she has taught for 25 years.

Paula Kitching is an historian (specialising in Holocaust and war studies), educational consultant and writer, who has been working with the London Jewish Cultural Centre for over twelve years. She was an advisor to the Department of Education for over five years and continues to work with them on a number of projects, including as a lead partner on the Citizenship initiative - Who Do We Think We Are?

Shiraz Maher is the Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) Kings College.

Haras Rafiq is a founding Director of CENTRI - Counter Extremism consulTancy Training Research & Interventions. Co founder and the first Exec Director of the Sufi Muslim Council. After 7/7 Haras was appointed onto the British Government’s task force looking at the UK Governments response to the terrorist bombings in London and how extremism could be countered.

Professor Patrick Sookhdeo is the Visiting Professor at Cranfield University. He is also an advisor and lecturer in terrorism and counter terrorism and cultural warfare to Military and Law Enforcement.

Jonathan Spyer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global research in International Affairs Center, Herzliya, and a columnist and feature writer for the Jerusalem Post newspaper. He is the author of 'The Transforming Fire: the rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict

Commander Richard Walton has recently been appointed to lead the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command. He has 25 years police experience, including previous postings within the field of counter terrorism and extremism. The Counter Terrorism Command is at the forefront of the UK response to terrorism and extremism, combining intelligence gathering & investigative activity with community engagement and partnership working.

Nigel West is a Historian and leading author specialising in security and intelligence topics.

Michael Whine is the Director, Government and International Affairs at the Community Security Trust and Director of the Defence and Group Relations Division of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He is the Consultant on Defence and Security to the European Jewish Congress, and represents it at the OSCE.

£35 a day and £125 for the week.
Individual sessions £15.

With thanks to our advisor Mike Whine (CST)