On January 26, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies  presented the initial seminar in a series that will address science, technology, and policy issues relative to cyber security. The initial seminar, “Cyber Challenge: Informing the Debate” featured LtGen Robert Schmidle, Deputy Commander, US Cyber Command; Mr. Philip Reitinger, Deputy Under Secretary of National Protection & Programs directorate, Department of Homeland Security; and Ambassador David Smith (Ret.), Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Click below to watch video of the event.

 The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies' annual review seminar, "Terrorism: Review of 2010 and Outlook for 2011," was held on January 31 at the National Press Club and was carried live on C-SPAN. Speakers included Potomac Institute CEO Michael Swetnam, ICTS Director Prof. Yonah Alexander, Hon. Charles Allen, Ambassador D. Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo of Spain, Ambassador Aziz Mekouar of Morocco, Potomac Institute Senior Fellow Daniel Gallington, Esq, and Prof. Don Wallace, Esq. of the International Law Institute.  Click here to watch C-SPAN video of the event. Click below to read ICTS' updated report on Maghreb and Sahel terrorism.

 The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' Center for Neurotechnology Studies presented an introductory symposium on ethical animal research entitled "Neuroscience and Non-Speciesist Neuroethics: Implications for Animal Welfare and the Responsible Conduct of Research," on February 4, 2011. The program was presented in conjunction with the Capital Consortium for Neuroscience: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (CCNELSI, www.ccnelsi.com). Speakers included Rep. James P. Moran (D-VA-8), Co-Chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus: Prof. James Giordano, PhD, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Cathy Liss, Animal Welfare Institute; Paul A. Locke, DrPH, JD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing; and Joseph Barber, PhD, Hunter College (CUNY) New York, NY.

Click below to see Prof. Giordano's comments about the symposium and some of the controversies surrounding this topic.


Click below to watch a video of the event.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' Center for Neurotechnology Studies presented a panel discussion, "Is Health Care a Right? Implications for Ethics, Policy and Practice," on Tuesday, January 11. Speakers were Tevi Troy, PhD, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; John Hall, MD, JD, Professor, University of Mississippi, Jackson, MS; and James Giordano, PhD, Vice President of Academic Programs and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC; Senior Research Associate, Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, University of Oxford, UK.  Click below to watch a video of the event.

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On January 19, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies was pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Tawfik Hamid, the Institute's Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism, on "Reformation of Islam: The Challenge and the Future."  In his talk, Dr. Hamid discussed his view of the need for a reformation within Islam, as well as the challenges and obstacles to reform. Click below to watch a video of the event.

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