The Conflict Records Research Center at the National Defense University and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Advanced Governmental Studies (where I teach) are going to be putting on a conference on 13-14 September here in Washington entitled “10 YEARS LATER: Insights on al-Qaeda’s Past & Future through Captured Records.” A lot of the big names in the field will be there but also there will be some people who come from outside the normal circle but who will have important contributions to make, I think. For instance, Flagg Miller will be there, as will Cynthia Storer, one of the few analysts in the Intelligence Community who was following al Qaida in the truly early days, even before the name Al Qaida was known. I’m also tremendously excited to hear from Zabikhullah Saipov from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan.
In association with the conference there will also be a release of captured Al Qaida documents in both the original Arabic and in English translation. I’ve seen some of these documents and used a few of them in The Terrorist Perspectives Project and they are fascinating.
Anyway, I hope to see all of you there!