Past event


Counterterrorism: The Right Response?

Chatham House, London

Event documents

Transcript - Professor John Mueller, Professor Sir David Omand GCB
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Transcript Q&A - Professor John Mueller, Professor Sir David Omand GCB
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Professor John Mueller, Woody Hayes Chair of National Security, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University; Author, Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them
Professor Sir David Omand GCB, Visiting Professor, King's College London; Security and Intelligence Coordinator, Cabinet Office, UK (2002-05)
Chair: Sophie Long, Presenter, BBC News Channel


Over the past decade, the US has spent a total of more than $1 trillion on counterterrorism programmes, while spending levels in Britain have reached over £3 billion annually. 

The speakers will discuss whether these efforts are necessary and proportionate to the threat that terrorism represents, or whether they represent an excessive reaction to rare events which should be reconsidered.