“The Ukraine Crisis: Quo Vadis?” - Seminar - November 6

In light of the history of the Cold War and the current Ukraine crisis, can we draw practical lessons for future peace-making policies in Europe and their implications for global stability? The International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a seminar on “The Ukraine Crisis: Quo Vadis?” on November 6, 2014. A panel of current and former government officials and academic experts offered political and strategic perspectives on a critical security concern for the international community. Michael S. Swetnam (CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) made opening remarks and Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) moderated the event. The panel included Yaroslav Brisiuck (Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister-Counselor, Embassy of Ukraine), Ian Brzezinski (Formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy and currently Resident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council), and Klaus Botzet (Head of the Political, Security and Development Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America). Dr. Patrick Murphy (Former U.S. government official, including in the Office of the Secretary of State, and currently Visiting Fellow, Inter-University Center for Legal Studies) provided commentary analysis and General (Ret.) Alfred Gray (Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps; Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) made closing remarks.

Health Security Challenges and Responses: From Ebola to Terrorism

From time immemorial natural and man-made disasters have become permanent fixtures of human life. The latest alarming reports on the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa and its reach elsewhere as well as the grave humanitarian crisis resulting from the Islamic State (IS) blitzkrieg in the Middle East have raised an urgent question whether the international community is adequately prepared to cope with these security concerns. The International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a seminar on “Health Security Challenges and Responses: From Ebola to Terrorism” on October 31, 2014. General (Ret.) Alfred Gray (Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps; Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) made opening remarks and Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) moderated the event. The panel included Dr. Robert Kadlec (Former senior official at the White House, Pentagon, and U.S. Senate), Dr. Rashid A. Chotani (The George Washington University, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies), and Professor Larry Velte (Former Deputy Chief of the Middle East Division in the Joint Staff's Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate and Associate Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) at the National Defense University). Professor Don Wallace, Jr. (Chairman, International Law Institute) made closing remarks. This panel of experts from the public and private sectors focused on current and future health related disasters. They also provided “best-practices” policy recommendations both on national and global levels.

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The Fog of War: Is the Rule of Law Still Relevant? - Seminar - September 18

In light of the latest hostilities in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Gaza, and elsewhere, are the laws of armed conflict still relevant? Do the current sources of law and their enforcement systems urgently need a comprehensive reconsideration in order to serve the causes of stability, peace, and justice?

ISIS: An Emerging Global Sunni Caliphate?

Is the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) emerging as a new terrorist “super power”?  According to its publicized projected “Five-Year Plan,” a Sunni Caliphate will be established over the Middle East, Africa, and Europe by 2019.  Should the international community be concerned about these potential expansionist plans, and what can be done to defeat ISIS?

Institute Focus

  • Science and Technology Policy
  • National Security
  • S&T Forecasting
  • Operational Research
  • Terrorism and Asymmetry
  • Emerging Threats and Opportunities
  • Cybersecurity
  • Neurotechnology and ethics

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