USC hosts lecture on terrorism

The University of Southern California hosted a lecture on Tuesday regarding the threat of homegrown Jihadist terrorism in the United States.

The lecture, presented by USC's National Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, was presented by Peter Bergen as part of the center's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Bergen spoke about the capabilities and intentions of al-Qaeda and its affiliates to influence extremists inside the United States, and hence create homegrown terrorists.

Bergen specifically went over events like the Boston Marathon, an event which was inspired by al-Qaeda's ideology. Bergen said that even though the al-Qaeda has been reduced to a small organization and the chances of it striking the U.S. in a large, catastrophic event are slim, the organization has the possibility of reviving due to the current unrest in the Middle East.

Peter Bergen is a print and television journalist, documentary producer, think tank director, and the author of four books. He is also the director of the national security studies program at New America Foundation in Washington D.C.

USC's CREATE national research center is independent and interdisciplinary. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, CREATE seeks to enhance national security by developing risk evaluation models, determining the cost of possible terrorism and guiding efficient investments in homeland security.