Terrorism and the Dark Web

Date(s) - 11/13/17
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Terrorism and the Dark Web

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Nada Bakos, Senior Fellow, Program on National Security, Foreign Policy Research Institute; Former CIA Analyst; Joby Warrick, Journalist, Washington Post. Moderated by Stephen C. Anderson, State Department Visiting Fellow.

How has terrorism changed since 9/11? Rapid globalization and ubiquitous access to the internet, mobile phones, and social media have created a breeding ground for terrorist communication networks to flourish. By using the dark web and messenger encryption, Jihadist organizations are able to infiltrate into bedrooms from San Bernardino to London and radicalize and recruit individuals. With some of the most high-profile attacks across Europe and the US directed remotely by Jihadists in Syria and Iraq, how can national security experts sever radical networks at the root? What can law enforcement do to target Jihadist funding sources, intercept terrorist communication webs, and improve surveillance systems to prevent future attacks?



Nada Bakos

Senior Fellow, Program on National Security, Foreign Policy Research Institute; Former CIA Analyst

Nada Bakos is a senior fellow in the Program on National Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Previously she was a Central Intelligence Agency analyst, and was integral in investigating the relationship between Iraq, al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks. Bakos appeared in the Emmy Award-winning documentary Manhunt: The Search For Bin Laden, and was recently featured in PBS’ Frontline documentary The Secret History of ISIS. During the war in Iraq, she served as the chief targeting officer tracking Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of ISIS. Bakos has appeared as a commentator on CNN, ABC, FOX, MSNBC, BBC, and CBC and is frequently cited by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other major international and national news organizations. She attended Montana State University.