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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2008 Ambassadors Roundtables


His Excellency Ambassador Jorge Dezcaller, Embassy of Spain

Ambassador DezcallerAmbassadors Roundtable

November 12, 2008

Event Summary & Resource Page



Her Excellency Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Embassy of Croatia

Ambassador Grabar-KitarovicAmbassadors Round Table

September 16, 2008

Event Summary & Croatia Resource Page


State Department Resources

Ambassadors Round TableUnder Secretary of State James Glassman and Ambassador Dell Dailey

September 15, 2008

Event Summary & Resource Page



His Excellency Ambassador Antonio Patriota, Embassy of Brazil

Ambassador Antonio PatriotaAmbassadors Roundtable

July 29th, 2008

Event Summary, Resource Page & Article on Event


His Excellency Ambassador Samir Sumaida’ie, Embassy of Iraq

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Samir Sumaida'ie

July 23, 2008

Event Summary & Resource Page



His Excellency Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Embassy of Mexico

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Arturo Sarukhan with Frank Cilluffo

May 7, 2008

Event Summary & Mexico Resource Page



His Excellency Ambassador Amine Kherbi, Embassy of Algeria

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Amine Kherbi

May 5, 2008

Event Summary & Algeria Resource Page



Her Excellency Ambassador Bisera Turkovic, Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Bisera Turkovic

April 17, 2008

Event Summary & Bosnia and Herzegovina Resource Page



His Excellency Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, Embassy of China

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Zhou Wenzhong

March 27, 2008

China Summary & Resource Page



His Excellency Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad, Embassy of Afghanistan

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Said Tayeb Jawad

February 20, 2008

Event Summary, Resource Page, Ambassador's Presentation & Time Magazine Article on Event



His Excellency Ambassador Ronen Sen, Embassy of India

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Ronen Sen

February 12, 2008

Event Summary



Her Excellency Ambassador Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Coodinator of Counterterrorism, Embassy of Sweden

Ambassadors RoundtableAmbassador Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Coodinator of Counterterrorism

January 28, 2008

Event Summary & Swedish National Strategy to Combat Terrorism