NEWPORT, R.I. - John R. Schindler, professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), was named Chair of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Partnership for Peace Consortium's Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG) on September 29.
The CTWG was established in 2002 and based at the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany. The group brings together scholars and practitioners from some 20 countries for two meetings annually to address major aspects of terrorism, extremism, and radicalism.
CTWG members include military and police officers, academics, intelligence and security professionals, and diplomats. In collaboration with NATO and the
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the CTWG presents its annual findings to senior policymakers to improve international security and cooperation across Eurasia and North America. Dr. Schindler is taking over the chairmanship from Dr. Jay LeBeau, a professor at the Marshall Center and former CIA operations officer.
Dr. Schindler, who has been a member of the CTWG for five years, has been on the NWC faculty since 2005, and was previously a counterterrorism and counterespionage specialist with the National Security Agency. Dr. Schindler is a Senior Fellow at Boston University's International History Institute and adjunct faculty at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. He has published numerous articles and two books on terrorism and is completing his third book, Agents Provocateurs, which is a strategic reassessment of counterterrorism policies.