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"Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership"

December 7, 2017

The November 24, 2017 massacre on defenseless worshipers in a Sinai mosque is another sober reminder that Egypt continues to confront terrorist groups that conduct deadly attacks on civilians as well as government, police, and military targets throughout the country. These security concerns also have significant international strategic implications. In the face of these challenges, a key element of combating terrorism at home and abroad is the decades-long Egyptian-U.S. partnership, including efforts on legislation, law enforcement, and countering violent extremism. In addition, Egypt continues to contribute to the work of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, the UN, and other bodies. An assessment of the past lessons and future outlook for Egypt-U.S. relations was offered by Ambassador Yasser Reda.

The Ambassador's Forum was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) and featured Ambassador ​Yasser Reda (Ambassador of Egypt to the United States). Closing remarks were provided by Professor Don Wallace, Jr. (Chairman, International Law Institute).

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"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 Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) and featured Ambassador ​Pedro Morenés (Ambassador of Spain to the United States). Closing remarks were provided by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.) (Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps; Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies).

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"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 development and democratic values.

The Ambassador's Forum was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) and featured Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the United States). Comments were provided by Ambassador (Ret.) Charles A. Ray (Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe. Previously, he served in the United States Army for twenty years). 

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"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 for stability or chaos? A major task therefore is to identify warning signals as well as to propose remedies for peaceful conflict resolutions within and among nations. A panel of experts dealt with historical lessons, examined case studies (e.g. Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa), and offered recommendations for the Trump Administration and the international community.

The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Speakers included Professor David Kanin (Adjunct Professor of European Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; former senior analyst, Central Intelligence Agency); Dr. Fernando Jimenez (Former legal advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank and Governor of the Basque Country in Spain); Dr. Hussein Ibish (Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington); and Professor Marvin G. Weinbaum (Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan Studies, Middle East Institute).

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"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 extensive government and academic experience considered these issues and provided recommendations for comprehensive response strategies focusing on legal, law enforcement, intelligence, diplomatic, and military measures.

Opening remarks were given by Michael S. Swetnam, CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Speakers included Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann (Ret.), former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain, and Afghanistan and currently President, American Academy of Diplomacy; Dr. Wayne H. Zaideman, former FBI Legal Attaché in the Middle East; Dr. Mir Sadat, Policy Strategist, Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy and formerly Professor of National Security and Foreign Policy, National Intelligence University; and Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute. Closing remarks were provided by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps as well as Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

 

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