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Jason Blazakis recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post warning that the next 9/11-scale event in the United States is likely to stem from domestic terrorism.

Jason Blazakis is the director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and professor of practice in the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program.

Blazakis’ opinion piece was recently published in the Washington Post where he warns that “we must resist the urge to see the horrific suicide attacks in Afghanistan in August—and the apparent reemergence of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda—as a reason to return to dated strategies and tactics.”

This prompted us to follow up with Blazakis. In the thirty-minute video conversation below, he reflects on the events of September 11, 2001, how opinion pieces contribute to ongoing conversations with policymakers, his teaching, and his hopes for stronger legal actions against those who would harm civilians as political statements.

Professor Jason Blazakis Discusses Domestic Terrorism