ICTS Events

  • Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership" November 13, 2017 Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Czech Republic in 1993, both countries have created common approaches to address multiple challenges nationally, regionally, and globally. Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek provided a unique assessment of the nature of this strategic partnership, including a discussion on security concerns (e.g., NATO, Syria) as well as promoting economic…

  • Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership" November 20, 2017 Spain’s role as a member of the UN, EU, and NATO as well as its strategic partnership with the U.S. has significant security implications regionally and globally. Ambassador Pedro Morenés, a former Minister of Defense, discussed the nature of these relationships and their future outlook. The Ambassador's Forum was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for…

  • Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?" October 31, 2017 The political, social, economic, and strategic implications of the contemporary evolving trend of separatism in the name of self-determination is an emerging security concern nationally, regionally, and globally. The question is whether ethnic, racial, religious, and national movements seeking to establish distinct independent entities within their own homelands by various means will be forces…

  • Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond" September 11, 2017 As we marked the 16th anniversary of 9/11, is the worst yet to come? Will al-Qa’ida and its expanding network continue to threaten global security concerns? And what are the prospects of the U.S. and its allies to ultimately defeat al-Qa’ida as well as other terrorist actors, such as Daesh and the Taliban? A panel with…

  • Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies" August 24, 2017 Biological security concerns are a permanent fixture of history, ranging from Mother Nature’s infectious diseases to man-made threats. Recent epidemics, such as Ebola and Zika, and the potential dangers of biological terrorism urgently need to be addressed through international partnerships to reduce the gravest health risks at home and abroad. Experts with governmental, inter-governmental, and…

  • The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism" June 29, 2017   From the dawn of history, diplomacy has been utilized as a statecraft during war and peace periods. Is this traditional tool currently sufficient to combat terrorism at home and abroad? These and related topics, such as attacks against diplomats and their missions as well as “best practices” responses to radicalization and violence, were discussed…

  • "European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?" Briefing

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?" June 9, 2017 The latest attacks in the UK, France, and elsewhere have once again focused the world's attention on terrorism nationally, regionally, and globally. Moreover, in the aftermath of President Trump’s first foreign trip as well as his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate, what are the likely directions for U.S.…

  • "Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?" Seminar

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?" May 24, 2017   In view of President Trump’s Middle East policies and actions during the first hundred days of his administration and in the aftermath of the president’s first foreign trip, including to Saudi Arabia and Israel, is a new regional strategic order emerging? An assessment of this potential direction was discussed by a panel…

  • Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES   "Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"   April 20, 2017   The role of the press in reporting on terrorism has been under public debate for decades. Many issues have been considered, including whether the media encourages terrorism and whether governments should prevent the press from covering terrorism in the "name of security." These and related questions regarding the role…

  • “Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017” Seminar

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017" April 13, 2017 Since 9/11, a disturbing trend of security challenges in Africa, including terrorism, civil wars, epidemics, famines, and refugee crises, have created grave regional and global strategic implications. A review of 2016 and early 2017 demonstrate that this trend is becoming far more dangerous than ever before.  A panel of current and…

  • “Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook.” Seminar

      INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES   "Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"   March 23, 2017 Bill Gates recently warned world leaders at the Munich Conference of security threats from bioterrorism. Coupled with chemical, radiological, and nuclear dangers, we are in the midst of an age of “super terrorism.” In the face of this growing reality, a panel of experts assessed past lessons, identified potential concerns, and…

  • "International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES   February 23, 2017 The 19th Annual Event "International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017" The year 2016 represents one of the most troubling security challenges since 9/11. The human, political, economic, and strategic global costs will continue to grow in 2017 without more effective international cooperation. A distinguished panel of experts discussed a wide range of related topics from…

  • "Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era" Seminar

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era" December 16, 2016 Latin America’s multiple security challenges include organized crime, terrorism, migration, economic development, and threats to democratic governance. Experts with governmental, academic, and professional experience discussed current and future trends as well as regional and global policy implications. Opening remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States…

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