Former Homeland Security official to speak on counterterrorism

The International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State is sponsoring a free lecture, "Ten Years since 9-11," by Arif Alikhan, distinguished professor of homeland security and counterterrorism at the National Defense University, from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, in Sutliff Auditorium at the Lewis Katz Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

"Ten Years since 9-11" will offer a rare opportunity for the Penn State community to hear the perspective of an insider who was on the front lines of the War on Terror. The event is free to the public and will include a reception following the presentation. Alikhan will discuss the fight against terrorism and the current state of our national security. Before joining the NDU faculty, he served as assistant secretary for policy development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He led a team of policy analysts, economists, scientists and other experts to protect the United States against terrorism.

The event is co-sponsored by Penn State's School of International Affairs, Social Science Research Institute, and Strategic and Global Security Program. For more information about the ICST Speaker Series, visit or call 814-865-5019.

Last Updated July 22, 2015