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The Attacks on Paris: Understanding Terrorism, Its Origins, and Future Implications. Hosted by Walsh College.

Walsh College Professor Richard Chasdi, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert on global terrorism studies, will present an informational session on “The Attacks on Paris: Understanding Terrorism, Its Origins, and Future Implications” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 19, 2015, at the College’s Troy campus.

Dr. Chasdi will discuss the definition of terrorism, the origins of al-Qaeda and ISIS, the threat, and a prognosis. The event is free and open to the public but seats are limited. Registration is required at

A question-and-answer session will follow. Sheila Ronis, Ph.D., professor and chair, Management, and director of the Walsh College Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions (CCSD), and Barbara Ciaramitaro, Ph.D., lead professor, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, and director of the Walsh College Center for Cybersecurity Leadership, will also participate.

Dr. Chasdi has a long, distinguished career in consulting and international problem-solving in the security arena, in particular international conflict resolution and mediation. He is an internationally recognized specialist in terrorism and counter-terrorism studies. His research interests include multinational corporations’ security in an increasingly globalized world.

A member of the Walsh College Management faculty since September 2013, Dr. Chasdi authored the book “Counterterror Offensives for the Ghost War World,” among other books and articles. It contains a chapter on French terrorism and authorities’ responses to it.
His book, “Serenade of Suffering: A Portrait of Middle East Terrorism, 1968-1993” received Choice magazine’s “Outstanding Academic Title” in 2000 in the field of international relations. Another book, “Tapestry of Terror: A Portrait of Middle East Terrorism,” 1994-1999 was one of five books about Algeria listed in the Times of London in 2003 in “All You Need to Read.”
Dr. Chasdi is a member of the editorial board of Armed Forces and Society, and a member of the editorial board of the on-line journal, “Perspectives on Terrorism: A Journal of the Terrorism Research Initiative.” He has also served as a member of the international advisory board for Terrorism: An Electronic Journal. He is also affiliated with the Walsh College CCSD.
Dr. Chasdi holds a special term appointment with Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago. He is also an associate member at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago.

He holds a B.A. degree from Brandeis University, a M.A.from Boston College, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Political Science.

Dr. Ciaramitaro earned her Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Information Systems with a post-doctoral certificate in Information Security. She earned her Master of Science in Software Engineering Administration from Central Michigan University and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wayne State University.

Dr. Ronis is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar and has written oredited six books including proceedings from conferences she has chaired at the National Defense University. Her B.S. is in physics, mathematics, and education, and her M.A. and Ph.D. are in social system behavior from The Ohio State University.

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