Professor Stephen Tankel visits NUPI on 18 June to talk about his latest book, With Us and Against Us. It is a critical analysis of the relationship between the US and its counterterrorism partners. In his book, Tankel illustrates how these partner nations both help and hamper the efforts to curb terrorism. While such partnerships are vital to counterterrorism efforts, they are often both complicated and poorly understood.

Focusing on the relationships with Algeria, Egypt, Mali, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, Tankel brings forth important insights on how these counterterrorism alliances work.

What factors shape the partnerships? What can we do to get the most out of them, and what are the risks associated with such cooperation?

Adding to the analyses, Tankel provides policy-relevant advice and strategies for how best to improve and manage these complex and often fragile arrangements. While the book is written from an American perspective, it provides valuable insights that is highly relevant for allies such as Norway, which often partake in counterterrorism efforts shoulder to shoulder with our most important ally.

The event is hosted by the Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime.

Stephen Tankel is an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He specializes in, among other topics, international security with a focus on terrorism and counterterrorism, and security cooperation. He is also the author of numerous works, including With Us And Against Us: How America’s Partners Help and Hinder the War on Terror (Columbia University Press, 2018) and Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba (Oxford University Press, 2011).

The event will be live streamed at NUPIs YouTube channel: