"The groups and actions that pose the greatest threat to public safety and national security as the focus is on tackling COVID-19."
COVID-19 has locked down much of the world. Moving from China, through Europe and on to the North American continent.
Efforts to contain the novel COVID-19 coronavirus have seen the quarantine measures impact and in many cases vastly reduce workplace staff. Could this reduction in work force strength extend to agencies tasked with keeping Canadians safe from terrorism and violent extremism?
What are the leading experts identifying as potential opportunities under these new circumstances? What is the data on terrorist activity since the onset of the pandemic and how does this compare with a 'normal' time period? Drawing on expert insights and data gathered to date this session explores the likely shape of the security and threat landscape for the weeks and months to come.
Date: May 26, 2020
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Live online event using Adobe Connect (registrants will receive details via email)
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Phil Gurski is Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa's Professional Development Institute (PDI) and the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation and at CSE as a multilingual analyst from 1983 to 2001. He is the author of five books on terrorism. He has presented on violent Islamist-inspired and other forms of terrorism and radicalisation across Canada and around the world.