Ambassadors Roundtable Series

Our adversaries are very different from those we encountered during the Cold War. Homeland security does not start at our shores. Technology – in particular the Internet – has created a borderless world that is working to our adversaries’ advantage. Today, the most significant threat to our nation, as well as our allies, stems from a global terrorist movement, underpinned by a "jihadist"/Salafist ideology. This movement is a transnational insurgency best exemplified by al Qaeda but including other groups ascribing to the same ideology.

Transnational threats require transnational strategies if they are to be countered successfully. While it is prudent for the United States to take steps to secure citizens’ safety by hardening our infrastructure and building preparedness and response capabilities, we must at the same time understand terrorist networks and the contexts within which they are operating, so that we can effectively inform counter strategies. In short, we need our own “network of networks.”

To help build this network, HSPI hosts its Ambassadors Roundtable Series on International Collaboration to Combat Terrorism and Insurgencies (ART) to engage ambassadors, heads of state and cabinet level officials in an ongoing dialogue discussing current and future counterterrorism efforts on a regional or country-specific basis. Since the creation of the ART Series, HSPI has hosted 40 ambassadors and senior foreign officials in forums that engage the diplomatic community, Congress, the Administration, the media, the private sector and non-governmental organizations, and others.

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2007 Ambassadors Roundtables


His Excellency Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, Embassy of Germany

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Klaus Scharioth

December 5, 2007

Event Summary



His Excellency Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, Embassy of Singapore

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Chan Heng Chee

November 29, 2007

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His Excellency Ambassador Pierre Vimont, Embassy of France

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Pierre Vimont with GW President Steven Knapp

November 12, 2007

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His Excellency Ambassador Michael Wilson, Embassy of Canada

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Michael Wilson

November 1 , 2007

Event Summary & Text of Ambassador Wilson's remarks



His Excellency Ambassador Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, Embassy of Indonesia

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat converses with Frank Cilluffo

October 16, 2007

Event Summary & Text of Ambassador Parnohadiningrat's remarks



Her Excellency Ambassador Carolina Barco Isakson, Embassy of Colombia

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Carolina Barco-Isakson

July 12, 2007

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Dr. John Reid, United Kingdom Home Secretary

Ambassadors RoundtableDr. John Reid, UK Secretary of State for the Home Department

June 18, 2007

Text of Secretary Reid's remarks



His Excellency Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Embassy of Morocco

Ambassadors Roundtable

May 15, 2007

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His Excellency Ambassador Dennis Richardson, Embassy of Australia

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Dennis Richardson

May 8, 2007

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His Excellency Ambassador Zac Nsenga, Embassy of Rwanda

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Zac Nsenga

March 26, 2007

Event Summary