In the wake of the Brussels bombings there was been much criticism of Belgian intelligence and, more generally, of the lack of intelligence sharing in Europe. The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, was looking for a security expert to write a piece that would compare and contrast the state of intelligence gathering in Europe with that in the United States. Arrangements were made for Sumit Ganguly, director of the Center on American and Global Security in Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, to write the article. His article, “Should security forces have stopped the terrorist attacks in Belgium?,” was published on March 29.
Ganguly’s article subsequently was picked up and published on April 5 with the headline, “Criticism of Brussels a tad unfair,” by The Statesman, one of two English language newspapers in Calcutta, India.