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A Belgian citizen’s view on terrorism

Episode 90 – How does someone who does not work in counter terrorism view large-scale attacks?

Belgium is not normally a nation one associates with terrorism.  And yet, a number of large-scale attacks unfolded in the 2010s in which dozens were killed.  How does someone who does not work in counter terrorism view these events? 

Borealis has a fascinating talk with Louisa Rogers on these issues.

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About my guest Louisa Rogers

Louisa studied Fashion Photography & Styling at the London College of Fashion before moving on to a Creative Entrepreneurship MA at Newcastle University.

She is the Creative Director of Studio Courtenay, a responsible clothing brand which is designed and made in the North East region and sells European vintage through Trendlistr. She is a founding committee member of Colour Collective UK, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes colour education through multidisciplinary workshops and lectures.

Her interest in fashion history and theory has led her to deliver talks and workshops on the growing popularity of vintage fashion, fashion & subcultures and the significance of colour in 20th century clothing to a range of organisations.

About the host Phil Gurski
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Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE – Canada’s signals intelligence agency), specialising in the Middle East.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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