A Special Luncheon Seminar on

“U.S. Combating the Islamic State:
Is a New Strategic Blueprint Needed?”

In view of the expanding challenges of the “Caliphate without borders” at home and abroad, is there a need for a new American strategy “to degrade, and ultimately destroy ISIL”?

Should the Islamic State be viewed as a threat equal or greater than al-Qa’ida for the U.S. and the international community?

What are the implications of past strategic lessons for future “best practices” options regarding the political, legal, law enforcement, diplomatic, and military responses?

These and related security issues were discussed with former government and academic experts.

Date: Monday, November 23, 2015
12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM

Place: The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200

Arlington, VA 22203
(Ballston Metro Station, Orange or Silver Line)

Opening Remarks:

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

Moderator:

Professor Yonah Alexander
Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Panel:

Hon. Robert C. McFarlane
Former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, serving from 1983 through 1985; Co-Founder United States Energy Security Council

Dr. Dov Zakheim
Former Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) from 2001 to 2004 and DoD Civilian Coordinator for Afghanistan from 2002 to 2004. Currently Vice Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Lieutenant General Keith J. Stalder, USMC (Ret.)
A former Commanding General of US Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, and former Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow and Member, Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Dr. Judith Yaphe
Former senior analyst on Near East Persian Gulf issues in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA. Currently, a professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University

Professor Dean Alexander
Director, Homeland Security Research Program and Professor, Homeland Security at the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University

Closing Remarks:

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

Professor Yonah Alexander, Ph.D., Member, Board of Regents, Senior Fellow, and Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies

Professor Yonah Alexander is a Member of the Board of Regents, Senior Fellow, and Director of International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In addition, Professor Alexander is the Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Director of the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies (in Washington, D.C.). Both academic institutions are consortia of universities and think tanks throughout the world. Previously, Dr. Alexander served as Professor of International Affairs and Director of Terrorism Studies at the George Washington University as well as Professor of International Studies and Director of the Institute for Studies in International Terrorism at the State University of New York system, totaling 35 years of service.

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