Buy Tickets Truth and Trust in the Global Scene: What the News Doesn’t tell you about Rising Global Conflict

In our current “post-truth” era of alternative facts and fake news, how do we maintain trust in each other, in our elections, in our journalists and media outlets, and in our governments and world leaders? How do we reclaim truth and rebuild trust? What will the future hold if we can’t?

Register here for the last in a series of three conversations with national experts who explore the current state of American truth, trust, and global relations. To learn more about the College of Social and Behavioral Science’s Downtown Series, please visit our website at

Thursday, October 26

What the News Doesn’t Tell You About Rising Global Conflict
A Conversation with the former State Department Head of Counterterrorism, Ambassador Daniel Benjamin

While news coverage of conflict is plentiful, it often does not divulge the inside stories behind the rise in authoritarian rule, terrorism, and civil war that shape much of our world today. This conversation with Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, former head of the Counterterrorism Bureau at the U.S. State Department, reveals what the news won’t about international politics, diplomacy, and the future of global conflict in its many guises.


Moderator Albert Bergesen is the head of the UA School of Sociology. His research interests include the sociology of culture, world-systems analysis, and transnational sociology. Bergesen’s most recent work focuses on terrorism and collective violence, and he wrote the entry on “Terrorism” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization.

Faten Ghosn is an associate professor of political science in the UA School of Government and Public Policy. Her research and teaching focuses on how adversaries interact and use strategy to manage conflict. Ghosn’s research has appeared in Conflict Management and Peace ScienceInternational NegotiationInternational Studies Quarterly, and the Middle East Journal.

Alex Braithwaite is an associate professor of international relations in the UA School of Government and Public Policy. His research addresses the causes and shifting geographical borders of violent and nonviolent political conflict, including terrorism, protests, riots, and wars. Braithwaite has published broadly and his research has been supported by grants from the Department of Defense, the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC UK), Apple Inc., and others.

Ambassador Daniel Benjamin is the former head of the Counterterrorism Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, where he was the longest-serving coordinator for counterterrorism in the United States and the principal advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is now an in-demand expert on 21st century terror threats and has appeared on 60 MinutesFrontlinePBS NewsHourAll Things ConsideredThe Today ShowGood Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering an inside look into the most impactful trends, threats, and risks out there today (many of which you do not even know exist).

Other Events in the Series

Wednesday, October 11
The Future of Elections: Who and What Can We Trust?:
A Conversation with the Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Thursday, October 19
Redefining Journalism in the Post-Truth Era:
An Interview with the Executive Editor of The New York Times,
Dean Baquet