Beyond Convergence: World Without Order

Beyond Convergence: World Without Order
October 18, 2016 - 13:30 to 17:00

Leading experts and contributing authors will discuss new developments in illicit networks and the efforts to combat them as part of the release of this edited volume published by The National Defense University (NDU) Press. Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, USN, Commander of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), will address the audience on USSOUTHCOM’s efforts to combat illicit networks in the Americas. Panels of contributing authors, including researchers and subject-matter experts from the NDU and prominent think tanks experts will map emerging linkages among insurgents, terrorists, and transnational criminal organizations in both physical and cyber domains.

“Beyond Convergence: World Without Order” examines the opaque relationships among insurgent, terrorist, and transnational criminal organizations. Working together, these organizations pose a greater threat to national and international security than they do individually. The book is an update of “Convergence: Illicit Networks and National Security in the Age of Globalization,” published in 2013.


Opening Remarks
Ms. Caryn Hollis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats, United States Department of Defense

Panelists
Ms. Hilary Matfess, Research Associate, Institute for Defense Analyses
Mr. Douglas Farah, President, IBI Consultants Inc. and Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University
Mr. Phil Williams, Wesley W. Posvar Chair and Director of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Rear Admiral James C. Olson, USCG (ret.), United States Interdiction Coordinator and Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Mr. Michael Miklaucic, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University
Ms. Clare Lockhart, Co-founder and CEO, Institute for State Effectiveness
Mr. Christopher Fussell, Managing Partner, The McChrystal Group
Professor Celina Realuyo, Professor of Practice, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University

USSOUTHCOM Presentation – Networks: Theirs and Ours
Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, USN, Commander, United States Southern Command