The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a luncheon panel discussion, "Al-Qa'ida: Quo Vadis?" on Monday, April 30. The death of Usama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, signified a major milestone for the United States and the international community’s war against terrorism.  On the first anniversary of “Operation Neptune Spear,” an assessment of short- and long-term strategic and tactical lessons learned was offered by a team of experts who have been studying and combating al-Qa’ida for the past twenty years. Click below to watch archived webcast video of the event, or click here to watch C-SPAN coverage of the event..

Please note: The views of guest speakers are the speakers' alone and do not represent the views of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies or its staff.  The Potomac Institute is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to the free exchange of ideas for the purpose of informing public policy.

Co-sponsors of this event included the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute.


Opening Remarks:

Michael Swetnam, Chairman and CEO, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies


Dr. Matthew Levitt
Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

BGen David Reist, USMC (Ret.)
Former Marine Corps Command and Staff Assignments (e.g. Operation Iraqi Freedom)

Prof. Shireen Hunter
Visiting Professor, Georgetown University; and Distinguished Scholar, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Mary R. Habeck
Associate Professor of Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Dr. Thomas F. Lynch III
Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Prof. Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute



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