Terrorist Threats and Risks to the Sochi Winter Olympics

On January 30, 2014, the Homeland Security Policy Institute hosted a panel discussion on how the 2014 Winter Olympics, which begin in Sochi, Russia on February 7, face a significant threat from Islamist terrorism. Due to the location of the Games, a wave of recent terrorist attacks in Russia, and the stated intention of terrorist groups in the region to carry out attacks against the Olympics. A panel of security experts discussed these threats and what the Russian government, the International Olympic Committee, and participating nations are doing to mitigate these risks.

Panelists:
The Honorable Tom Ridge
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
President and CEO, Ridge Global

Matt Bettenhausen
Vice President and Chief Security Officer,
AEG Worldwide

Dr. Bruce Hoffman
Director of Center for Peace and Security Studies Program,
Georgetown University

Moderated By:
Frank J. Cilluffo
Director,
Homeland Security Policy Institute