|CCC is the principal research wing of NPS National Security Affairs|
|Academic Workshops, Dialogues and Events|
The CCC stages workshops and tabletop exercises that contribute to research. We have seen important results from our events. Track II, or unofficial, bilateral dialogue meetings between the U.S. and other countries strengthen relationships and increase mutual understanding with key international players. Forward-looking academic workshops inform policy guidance by applying social science perspectives to enduring security issues. In a typical six month period, we engage diverse scholars, policy makers, and thought leaders in the countries of the U.S. as well as Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, and others.
The Center on Contemporary Conflict has built a strong reputation for producing research, workshops, dialogues, and other events of importance to our national security.
Multilateral Cooperation on Nonproliferation Workshop
On March 29-30, CCC hosted a Multilateral Cooperation on Nonproliferation Workshop at the nearby Portola Hotel and Conference Center in Monterey. The workshop brought experts from academia and non-governmental organizations from the United States and abroad to examine the effectiveness and lessons learned from existing multinational cooperative efforts in the control of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The workshop explored in detail several past and present initiatives, such as the G-8 Partnership and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, in hopes of detailing the effectiveness of existing efforts and their potential applications to current WMD issues. The workshop concluded with a detailed discussion of how these lessons learned could apply to existing efforts, such as the ongoing discussions between Iran and the P-5+1, in reference to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council along with Germany, regarding the Iranian nuclear development program.
Terrorist Innovation Conference
On October 6-7, 2011, experts gathered for a workshop at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland to discuss the factors that both facilitate and hinder terrorist innovations. This workshop is part of a two-year Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) sponsored research project that aims to shed light on the preconditions, causes, and predictive indicators associated with terrorist innovation in weapons of mass effect (WMEs).
Organized jointly by the NPS Center on Contemporary Conflict and the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, the workshop brought together specialists from academia and government to present their research findings on twelve historical and contemporary cases of terrorist innovation, ranging from the 1972 Munich Olympics hostage crisis to the current use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan. They discussed major terrorist campaigns that exhibited multiple innovations in WME terrorism, including the cases of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka and anti-Russian rebels in Chechnya. Participants discussed failed and foiled WME terrorist innovations, exploring cases such as Ramzi Yousef’s 1995 Bojinka plot; the True Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’s 1997 conspiracy to blow up a natural gas facility in Texas; and Al-Qaeda’s short-lived campaign to use chlorine bombs against Iraqis in 2006-2007. Lastly, specialists sought to explain the puzzling absence of innovation in maritime terrorism, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.
The 2011 workshop broadened the findings of a 2010 DTRA-sponsored workshop meeting by drawing on new case studies of successful and failed innovations in order to confirm and refine earlier findings.