Since 9/11, considerable amounts have been spent on counterterrorism measures worldwide, with little understanding of their effectiveness and impacts. Building on his American University course on Researching Terrorism, CIC Senior Fellow Benoît Gomis will explore the main factors behind the relative lack of rigorous evaluation of counterterrorism policies, and present potential guidelines for the way forward. His talk will also highlight lessons that can be learnt from drug policy evaluations. Benoît Gomis is researcher on terrorism and organized crime (with a focus on cigarettes and illicit drugs). He is a Research Associate at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where he studies the illicit tobacco trade in Latin America and the Caribbean, and an Adjunct Instructor at American University (AU) where he teaches an MA course on Researching Terrorism. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council (CIC), an Associate Fellow with Chatham House, an independent consultant, and the author of Counterterrorism: Reassessing the Policy Response (CRC Press 2015), which he wrote as a visiting scholar at the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS). He is a frequent contributor to Jane’s Intelligence Review, World Politics Review, and the international media. He previously worked at Chatham House, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the French Ministry of Defence. He was educated at Sciences Po in Aix-en-Provence, Loyola University Chicago, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.