International cooperation is a key strategy in combating terrorism. And yet, the NSA revelations and the controversy over the latest U.S. raids in Libya and Somalia, as well as escalated drone operations in Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, have raised questions regarding U.S. intelligence sharing, the rule of law, and partnership collaboration with other nations.

A panel of experts provided an assessment of future policies and actions anticipated in response to terrorism at home and abroad.

The event was cosponsored by the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies; The International Center for Terrorism Studies, at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; The Inter-University Center for Legal Studies, at the International Law Institute; and The Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law.

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, provided opening remarks, noting the 30th anniversary of the attack on the military barracks in Lebanon, which killed 241 U.S. military members.  

Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies,  moderated the panel.

Panel members included Dr. Michael S. Bell, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) and Chancellor, The College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University; Greg Gross, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and senior staff member, U.S. Senate, currently a consultant on foreign policy and military affairs; and Dr Harlan K. Ullman, Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council and Chairman of the Killowen Group.


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