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ASIS International Presents 7th International European Security Conference

Conference to address Security: The Essential Corporate Asset

Alexandria, Va. 2008-03-11

ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security professionals worldwide, will present its seventh European Security Conference in Barcelona, Spain, April 13-16, 2008.  The theme of the conference is “Security:  The Essential Corporate Asset.” 

Conference presentations will cover the spectrum of the most important security topics and emerging issues facing security professionals today, including benefits of international and European standards, professional certification and European Union (EU) security policy issues. 

Keynote speakers are Fernando Reinares, director of the Program on Global Terrorism at Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies, and professor of government and security studies at King Juan Carlos University; and John Newton, intellectual property rights project manager with Interpol.

In addition to being a professor at King Juan Carlos University and a director at the Elcano Royal Institute, both in Madrid, Reinares is the chairman of the European Commission experts group on violent radicalism and a member of the Council on Global Terrorism established by the Atlantic Monthly Foundation in Washington, D.C.  He is also on the academic committee of the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence. 

Reinares belongs to the United Nations roster of experts on terrorism prevention and to the terrorism studies program board at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of many articles on terrorism and counterterrorism.

Newton has been responsible for the Interpol IP crime program since 2003.  His primary concern is to build on the achievements of the Interpol Intellectual Property Crime Action Group and to forge a more productive public/private partnership with IP crime-affected industries, cross-industry representative bodies and other international organizations.

The closing keynote speaker is Gijs d Vries, senior fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations and chairman of the European Security Research and Innovation Forum.  He is a former EU counterterrorism coordinator.

For more information on the conference’s educational sessions, registration deadlines, and sponsorship and exhibit opportunities, please go to

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