On Sept. 6-7, 2005, the New
America Foundation hosted "Terrorism, Security & America's Purpose,"
a policy forum featuring scholars, elected officials, intelligence experts,
and journalists. A full list of speakers is available here.
Juan Cole is professor of modern Middle East and South Asian history at the
University of Michigan. He offers his perspective on current events at the popular
blog Informed Comment. In
this address, Cole puts contemporary Islamic terrorism in its proper historical
context while arguing for more effective anti-terror policies. (12 minutes long;
requires Windows Media Player.)