Past eventInvitation Only

The London Bombings Five Years On: Reflections on the Future of Counterterrorism

7 July 2010 - 00:00 to 23:00

Chatham House, London


Keynote Speaker: Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, Minister of State for Security
Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, Chairman of the Justice Committee, House of Commons
Rachel Briggs, Senior Research Fellow, National Security and Resilience Department, Royal United Services Institute
Widney Brown, Senior Director, International Law, Policy, Amnesty International
The Lord Carlile of Berriew, QC
Professor Rik Coolsaet, Senior Associate Fellow, Research and Global Governance Programme, Egmont Institute and Professor of International Relations, Ghent University, Belgium
Gordon Corera, Security Correspondent, BBC News
Dr Paul Cornish, Head, International Security Programme, Chatham House
Professor Martha Crenshaw, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
Professor Richard English, Head of School, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast
Dr Jonathan Githens-Mazer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
Dr Andrew Hoskins, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Nottingham
Professor Louise Richardson, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of St Andrews
Professor Marc Sageman, Senior Research Fellow, Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Assistant Commissioner John Yates, Head of Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police Service and Chair of ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters Business Area
Yasmin Qureshi MP for Bolton South-East



An International Affairs conference in association with the Economic and Social Research Council Programme and BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight.

July 2010 marks the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the London transport system that became known simply as '7/7'. London has been subjected to terrorist attacks before, and the security services have for many years been alerted to the threat of international terrorism. Nonetheless, the impact of the London bombings has been enormous.

Five years on is a good moment to reflect on the current range of British and western counterterrorism activity. Counterterrorism now operates in many fields, not only in intelligence and policing, but also in the development of community relations; in understanding the impact of media reporting; and in strengthening international collaboration. The aim of this conference is to provide a much needed forum to reflect on what has been done and what threats remain.

International Affairs marks this occasion with a special issue (86: 4) which will be launched at the conference. A panel discussion to be recorded after the conference will be broadcast on The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4.

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule unless otherwise stated.

Attendance is strictly by invitation only.

For more information please contact Natalie de Clermont.