Fierce partisan divisions and social upheaval in the United States are feeding fears of large-scale political violence after the 2020 presidential election. Some describe the expected disorder as a form of domestic terrorism. Others are using the term “insurgency” to describe it, while some people are raising fears of conflict along the lines of a civil war. Join us as we engage in a reality check on the magnitude of the problem we are likely to face.
Fred Burton is the one of the world’s foremost authorities on security and counterterrorism and a New York Times best-selling author. Burton has been on the front lines of high-profile investigations like the hunt for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing; the 1988 plane crash that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Zia; and the search for Americans kidnapped by Hezbollah in Lebanon. He has had a long career in law enforcement and the private sector and now serves as Executive Director of the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence.
Scott Stewart is Vice-President of TorchStone Global, an international risk mitigation and security firm. Previously, Mr. Stewart was VP of Tactical Analysis at Stratfor (2004-20). Prior to that Stewart was the protective intelligence coordinator at Dell, where he served as a member of Michael Dell’s executive protection team. He also spent 10 years as a special agent with the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), where he was involved in several high-profile terrorism investigations.
Kamran Bokhari is the Director of Analytical Development at the Center for Global Policy. Dr. Bokhari is also a national security and foreign policy specialist at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute. Bokhari has also served as the Central Asia Studies Course Coordinator at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute.