Note: All times include Q&A periods following the presentations

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Monday, April 3
International House
1414 E. 59 th St., Chicago, IL

  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm [Assembly Hall]: "Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism" - Robert Pape, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
  • 7:30pm [Coulter Lounge]: Reception for Workshop Participants, Guests

Tuesday, April 4
The Gleacher Center, Lecture Hall 100
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, IL

  • 8:00 – 8:30am: Breakfast (provided)
  • 8:30 – 9:00am: Welcome - Kathleen Morrison, Director, Center for International Studies, The University of Chicago; Charles Macal, Director, Center for Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 9:00 – 9:30am: Welcome - Richard Gullickson, Director, Advanced Systems Concepts Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA/ASCO).
  • 9:30 – 10:40am: "Regional Centers of Excellence - Academic Defense Against Bioterrorism" - Olaf Schneewind, Director, Great Lakes Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research (GLRCE).
  • 10:40 – 11:00am: Break
  • 11:00 – 11:50pm: Focus on Chicago Research I
    • "Poverty, Inequality, and Terrorism" - Robert Townsend, Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, University of Chicago
    • "An Emotive Dictionary of Conflict Terms" - Ilai Alon, Visiting Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
    • Discussant: Michael North, Deputy Director, Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation
  • 11:50 – 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:15pm: "What are National Security Threats?" - John Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago
  • 2:15 – 3:30pm: Focus on Chicago Research II: Breakout Sessions
    • "Microfoundations of Insurgent Violence" (Lecture Hall 100) - Mark Smith, Ph.D candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago; Janine Davidson, Director, Counterinsurgency Studies with the Center for Adaptive Strategies and Threats, Hicks and Associates, Inc.
    • "Secular vs Religious Recruitment Appeals" (Room 222) - Sevag Kechichian, Ph.D Candidate, University of Chicago
    • "Attachments to Land and Interstate Conflict" (Room 226) - Jenna Jordan, Ph.D Candidate, University of Chicago
  • 3:30 – 3:45pm: Break
  • 3:45 – 5:00pm: Policy, Behavior, and Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Crucible of Strategic Culture: An Initial Framework for Comparative Analysis
    • Jeffery Lantis, Associate Professor of Political Science
    • Kerry Kartchner, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Advanced Systems Concepts Office
    • Discussant: Joseph Masco, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Wednesday, April 5
Gleacher Center, Lecture Hall 100

  • 8:30 – 9:00am: Breakfast (provided)
  • 9:00 – 10:15am: "Counterforce Revisited" - Charles Glaser, Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • 10:15 – 10:30am: Break
  • 10:30 – 11:15am: Focus on Chicago Research III
    • "Automatic Machine Translation from Poorly Studied Languages" - John Goldsmith, Professor, Departments of Linguistics and Computer Science, University of Chicago


  •  11:15– 11:50am: Modeling Methods
    • Modeling Session Overview - Charles Macal
    • "Assessing Threats and Risks: A Wickedly Complex Problem" - Nancy Hayden, Sandia National Laboratory

  • 11:50 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

  • 1:00 – 1:30 pm: Introduction to Modeling - Charles Macal

Interweaving Modeling and History

  • 1:30 – 2:15 pm: "Mechanisms of Occupation and Resistance: Lessons from the British in Iraq" - Daniel Barnard, Instructor, United States Military Academy at West Point, and Ph.D Candidate, Department of History, University of Chicago
  • 2:15 – 3:00 pm: "Solidarity/Occupational Dynamics Modeling" - Keven Ruby, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago
  • 3:00 – 3:15pm: Discussant: Jonathan Ozik, Post-doctoral Fellow, Joint Threat Anticipation Center

  • 3:15 – 3:45: Break

 Modeling Developments

  • 3:45- 4:15pm: "Modeling Motivation and Intent" - Ryan Hohimer, M&I Ontology Development Team, Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • 4:15 – 4:45pm: "Challenges in Threat Modeling" - David Sallach, Argonne/Decision & Information Sciences and University of Chicago

  • 4:45 – 5:00pm: Conference Closing and Discussion
    • Charles Macal, Director, Center for Complex Adaptive Systems, Argonne National Laboratory
    • Irving Birkner, Associate Director, Center for International Studies, The University of Chicago