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January 27, 2014

Washington, DC-area event on: “Terrorist Threats and Risks to the Sochi Winter Olympics”

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on January 27, 2014

For those in the DC-area who can sneak away at lunch time this Thursday, the following event at George Washington’s Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) on threats to the upcoming Olympics has a stellar panel.

Terrorist Threats and Risks to the Sochi Winter Olympics

Thursday, January 30, 2014
11:00 AM until 1:00 PM

Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
Dorthy Betts Marvin Theatre | Main Level
The George Washington University
800 21st Street,
Washington, DC 20052


The 2014 Winter Olympics, which begin in Sochi, Russia on February 7, face a significant threat from Islamist terrorism, due to the location of the Games, a wave of recent terrorist attacks in Russia, and the stated intention of terrorist groups in the region to carry out attacks against the Olympics. A panel of security experts will discuss these threats and what the Russian government, the International Olympic Committee, and participating nations are doing to mitigate these risks. 


The Honorable Tom Ridge
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
President and CEO, Ridge Global

Matt Bettenhausen
Vice President and Chief Security Officer,
AEG Worldwide

Dr. Bruce Hoffman
Director of Center for Peace and Security Studies Program,
Georgetown University 

Moderated By: 
Frank J. Cilluffo
Homeland Security Policy Institute

Tom Ridge needs to introduction and Dr. Hoffman is a renowned terrorism expert.  If, like me, you didn’t recognize Matt Bettenhausen he is a former homeland security director for California and a cursory online search returns this talk on “large event security.”

Often HSPI posts a video of their events within a few days of the actual panel – but I’m not promising.

If you’re interested, you can RSVP here: http://www.gwumc.edu/hspi/events/PRF_Sochi%20Games_.cfm

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Comment by William R. Cumming

January 27, 2014 @ 11:49 pm

Always remember Munich summer Olympics 1972 as one bench mark for terrorism. Almost 42 years!

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 28, 2014 @ 5:00 am

What are the Olympics really all about? The success of the efforts of the individual or systems or even pharma?

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