Symposium on U.S. Counterterrorism

Notre Dame College (NDC) will present “U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy in South Asia and the AfPak,” on Thursday April 28 in the College’s Regina Auditorium, 1857 South Green Rd.

The all-day program will begin at 9:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Dr. Mir Sadat, a National Security Policy and South Asian Studies expert and faculty member at the National Defense Intelligence College will present the keynote address at 1:30 p.m.

Ten years of experience in counterterrorism in South Asia and the Afghanistan/Pakistan region have brought into sharp focus the importance of the region to military, law enforcement, and intelligence personnel. To further expand critical knowledge and share rapidly developing information, Notre Dame’s Center for Intelligence Studies has assembled an outstanding panel of presenters whose combined experience in recognizing terrorist strategy and neutralizing terrorist activity, and expertise in national security issues, are virtually unparalleled.

The symposium will include presentations on Affinity Terrorism, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Central Asian militancy and a plenary session in which the speakers will interact directly with the attendees.

This is the second in a series of symposia sponsored by Notre Dame College, its Center for Intelligence Studies, and its Graduate Program in Security Policy Studies, in collaboration with the Western Illinois University Homeland Security Research Program, to address serious issues identified at last summer’s Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence Summer Conference. It was there that the lack of emphasis South Asia was receiving in terrorism studies was cited as a threat to national security. To fill that void, NDC and WIU stepped up and expanded their respective programs to new levels. In response to the increasing demand for trained professionals in government and private-sector security careers, Notre Dame College is launching a new online Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies in Fall 2011.

This symposium promises to show the continued expansion and success of the joint development of the NDC and WIU programs.


The program’s panel of experts and speakers includes:

John G. Hatzadony, Ph.D., CAMS
Notre Dame College

Director, Graduate Program in Security Policy Studies

Dean C. Alexander, J.D., LL.M.
Western Illinois University

Director, Homeland Security Research Program
Associate Professor, Homeland Security Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Greg Moore, Ph.D.
Notre Dame College

Director, Center for Intelligence Studies
Chair – Department of History and Political Science, Professor of History

Nozar Alaolmolki, Ph.D.
Hiram College

Nozar Alaolmolki is a scholar in residence at Hiram College. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Miami University. Author of the 2009 book "Militant Islamists: Terrorists Without Frontiers".

Mir Sadat, Ph.D.
National Defense Intelligence College

National Security Policy and South Asian Studies

The program’s agenda and detailed biographical information on the speakers are located at For more information, contact John G. Hatzadony at 216-373-6377, e-mail:

The events of the day and detailed information on the speakers follows.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

8:00-9:00        Check-in and Morning Refreshments

9:00-9:15        Administrative Information and Welcome

                          John G. Hatzadony, Ph.D., CAMS, Notre Dame College

9:15-9:30        Welcome

  Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D., President of the College

9:30-10:15     Foreign Affinity Terrorism in the US and its Nexus with the
                         AfPak-India Region 

  Dean Alexander, J.D. LL.M., Western Illinois University

10:15-10:30    Networking / Break

10:30-11:15    Lashkar-e-Taiba and the United States

  Greg Moore, Ph.D., Notre Dame College

11:15-11:30    Networking / Break

11:30-12:15    Militant Islamists in Central and South Asian Nations:
                          Future Prospects and U.S. Foreign and Military Policy Choices

  Nozar Alaolmolki, Ph.D., Hiram College

12:15-1:30      Lunch (by invitation)

1:30-3:00        Keynote

  Mir Sadat, Ph.D., National Defense Intelligence College

3:00-3:15        Networking / Break

3:15-4:00        Plenary – What Next?

4:00-4:15        Closing Remarks

  John G. Hatzadony, Ph.D., CAMS, Notre Dame College

4:30-6:00        VIP Reception (by invitation)




Dean C. Alexander, J.D., LL.M. - Western Illinois University
Director, Homeland Security Research Program
Associate Professor
Homeland Security Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Dean C. Alexander, J.D., LL.M., is Director of the Homeland Security Research Program and Associate Professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Western Illinois University in Macomb. Mr. Alexander has published eight books, including Business Confronts Terrorism (University of Wisconsin, 2004), and numerous articles on terrorism, security, law, and business. He was based in Chile, Israel, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom for several years where he worked on legal, business, and security issues. He has lectured on those topics in Chile, Israel, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Turkey,

United Kingdom, and the United States. He has trained law enforcement on terrorism/extremist-related issues in seven states.

Gregory Moore, Ph.D. – Notre Dame College
Director, Center for Intelligence Studies
Chair – Department of History and Political Science
Professor of History

Dr. Gregory Moore is Professor of History, Director of the Center for Intelligence Studies and Chairperson of the Department of History and Political Science at Notre Dame College. He holds a doctorate in American Diplomatic History from Kent State University. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the International Association for Intelligence Education, has given presentations at the fifth and sixth annual national conferences of the International Association for Intelligence Education, second and fourth Homeland Security Defense Education Consortium Summits, at the 10th Annual Colloquium on Intelligence, and participated in the HSDEC Model Undergraduate Curriculum Conference in June 2009.

He has published numerous articles, contributed a chapter about the history of U.S. intelligence to the textbook, Homeland Security and Intelligence, and is co-author of The War Came to Me: A Story of Hope and Endurance. Dr. Moore developed the undergraduate program of intelligence studies currently offered through the History Department at Notre Dame College. He also worked on the committee that designed the Department and College’s new graduate program in Security Policy Studies, which will begin course offerings in the Fall 2011 semester.

Nozar Alaolmolki, Ph.D. – Hiram College

Dr. Nozar Alaolmolki is a scholar in residence at Hiram College. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Miami University. His areas of expertise are international relations, comparative politics and political economy. He served as a Fulbright teaching scholar in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in 1995 for seven months. He was a recipient of a 3-year grant that took him and a number of his colleagues from Cleveland State University to Kyrgyzstan for the development of an academic program at the Osh State University. He is an associate member of the Center for the Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. His current research interests include regional cooperation organizations. Among his publications are: "Life after the Soviet Union: the newly independent republics of Transcaucasus and Central Asia" (2001); "The Persian Gulf region in the twenty first century: stability and change" (1996); "Struggle for dominance in the Persian Gulf: past, present, and future prospects" (1991).

Dr. Alaolmolki’s 2009 book, Militant Islamists: Terrorist without Frontiers provides a global view of militant Islamist ideologies, activities, and connections. Unlike many extant books on this topic, “Militant Islamists” does not examine only one particular factor or driving force in political violence such as suicide bombings; rather, this work studies transnational militant Islam on several levels: domestic (e.g., the role of poverty and lack of democracy in Arab and Muslim nations); regional (e.g., the Palestinian-Israeli conflict;Hizbullah in Lebanon; Jemmah Islamiya in Southeast Asia; Hizb al-Tahrir in Central Asia); global (e.g., the role of the United States and Western Europe in inadvertently helping transnational Islamists). Ultimately, the author traces the effects of the U.S.-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq on militant Islamist terrorism, concluding that militant Islam is spreading, not receding, and that the United States would better rely on soft, rather than hard (military), power to overcome it.

Mir Sadat, Ph.D. - National Defense Intelligence College
National Security Policy and South Asian Studies

Dr. Mir Sadat’s experience, ranging from grassroots-level to the strategic-level, allows him to comprehend the impact of US policies on all levels of Government and civil society. Since 2007, he has been a faculty member in the School of Intelligence Studies at the National Defense Intelligence College, Teaching graduate courses on National Security Policy and Intelligence, and South Asian Studies, Islam, Cultural Intelligence, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Dr. Sadat understands the key US foreign policy and national security objectives for regional and transnational issues, in particular Afghanistan-Pakistan and broader South Asia. He has 10 years of strategic policy expertise on Afghanistan and Pakistan involving social, historical, diplomatic, political, economic and religious traits and behaviors enabling him to examine complex issues to identify strategic opportunities for the United States drawing from both open-source and Top Secret intelligence sources.

Dr. Sadat has extensively published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at academic conferences on the various mentioned interests. His academic and practical experience in humanitarian assistance, human rights advocacy, and capacity building, as well as crisis management and civil-military relations empower him to combine policy with practice. He has conducted academic field research or worked for Non-Governmental Organizations, the United Nations, and the U.S. Government in conflict and post-conflict scenarios.

Dr. Sadat has written and edited intelligence analytical products such as Defense Intelligence Reports and INR Focus Reports, as well as supervised intelligence research projects in response to queries from the intelligence communities. His analytical products and/or briefings to principals in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force, Joint Staff, Department of State, and the National Intelligence Council on Afghanistan and Pakistan issues have generated thought-provoking discussions as well as in some occasions challenged, what was thought as, conventional wisdom especially in the area of strategic policy.

As the representative of the College President to the DIA Deputy Director Council at the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force Working Group at the Pentagon, Dr. Sadat has direct knowledge of the AfPak mission management challenges and opportunities. He was also instrumental in establishing the Afghan University and has taught sessions dealing with Afghan culture to IC personnel.

Dr. Sadat has served as the leading cultural expert for the film productions of Charlie Wilson’s War and The Kite Runner a novel written by Khaled Hosseini. Before joining the government, Dr. Sadat served as an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School.

He first taught on the Politics and Culture of Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2000 at Pitzer College. Between 2002 and 2003, Dr. Sadat was appointed Visiting Scholar in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, where he researched the political, societal, cultural factors of Afghanistan. From 2000 to 2001 he served as a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Policy in Language and Culture Department at San Diego State University researching Muslim Diaspora communities in southern California. From 1998 to 2000 Dr. Sadat was the Assistant Dean of Administration in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton.

From 2005 to 2007 Dr. Sadat served as a Sr. International Trade Analyst and FMS Offset Manager for Lockheed Martin and in various leadership and management positions with Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Goodrich Corporation.

Dr. Sadat holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University; his BA and MA graduate studies in economics at the University of California, Irvine and California State University, Fullerton (respectively). His master’s thesis related to democratization and economic development in LDCs; his doctoral research focused on post-conflict capacity-building in Afghanistan.



Who can participate?
The symposium is open to the public. Students, undergraduate and graduate are particularly encouraged to attend.

Where will the symposium take place?
Regina Hall – Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Rd., South Euclid, Ohio

By when do I need to register?
Registration is not necessary – the symposium is free and open to the public.

What is the VIP Lunch and Reception?
Those invited to the VIP Luncheon and Reception with the speakers will have name tags at the entrance to Regina Hall and can register their arrival. Guests will be escorted to the Great Room in the College’s Administration Building for both lunch and reception.

For more information, contact John G. Hatzadony at 216-373-6377, e-mail:


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