INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT

POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES

 

20th Annual Event on

"Combating Terrorism:

National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond"

April 30, 2018

 

Terrorism by state and non-state actors poses threats to individuals, communities, nations and perhaps even to the very survival of civilization itself. The potential political, social, economic, and strategic costs are likely to grow if we do not learn the historical lessons and the norms required to prevent future challenges. A panel of experts discussed a wide range of topics, including WMD concerns as well as the roles of diplomacy, the military, democracy, and the media in combating terrorism at home and abroad.

 

 

 Opening and 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). 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 the Honorable Guy Roberts (Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs), Professor Rita Colwell (Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies), Carl Gershman (President of the National Endowment for Democracy; formerly, Senior Counselor to the United States Representative to the United Nations), and Professor Marvin Kalb (Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, senior advisor to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution). 

 

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT

POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES

"Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"

March 1, 2018

 

The Balkans remain vulnerable to several security concerns, including organized crime, terrorism, the refugee crisis, political turmoil as well as social and economic instability. The purpose of this seminar was to present an updated assessment of the current and future security challenges and to offer response strategies from within and without the region.

Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) moderated the discussion. The panel included Ambassador Floreta Faber (Embassy of Albania), Ambassador Vlora Citaku (Embassy of Kosovo), Ambassador Stanislav Vidovic (Embassy of Slovenia), Ambassador Nebojsa N. Kaluderovic (Embassy of Montenegro), Richard Prosen (Office of European Security Political, and Military Affairs (EUR/RPM), U.S. Department of State), and Professor Don Wallace (Chairman, International Law Institute). 

 

This event can be viewed on UStream

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT

POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES

"Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World"

February 27, 2018

Since the 1970s, the theories of punctuated equilibria and multiplier effect have been gaining importance and significance, including to militaries around the world. Developed versions adapted to complex societies may be considered one of the most promising and strategic avenues of research in social sciences. These two theoretical tools offer a way to anticipate major events and conflicts that may come into being and that better knowledge of the universal processes and laws governing any complex society is of critical importance for the 21st century. A panel of experts discussed punctuated equilibria theory in specific contexts based on their own professional experience.

 

Welcoming remarks were made by Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the United States) and Colonel Tom O’Leary, USMC (Ret.) (Executive Vice President and COO, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies). Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) moderated the seminar. The panel included Professor Miroslav Barta (Professor of Egyptology, Charles University, Prague), Professor Martin Kovar (Vice-rector for Public Affairs, Charles University, Prague), Brigadier General Karel Rehka (Multinational Division North East Deputy Commander, Elblag, Poland), and LTC Otakar Foltyn (Special Forces Directorate, General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, Prague). 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).

 

This event can be viewed on UStream.

 

 

 

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"Combating Terrorism:

Reflections over the Generations"

Conversation with Ambassador (Ret.) Gustavo de Aristegui

February 9, 2018

Gustavo de Aristegui was born on June 6, 1963 in a diplomatic family – father, two uncles, grandfather, and great-great uncle were all diplomats. He studied Law at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) and then spent a year in the Spanish Diplomatic Academy. He served in the European Division, in the Africa and Middle East Division as Deputy Head of Middle East Affairs in the time of the first Gulf War (1990-91), as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Spanish Embassy to Libya (1991-1993) where he was Charge D’Affaires (Acting Ambassador) for well over a year, and as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Spanish Embassy to Jordan (1993-96). From his post in Jordan he was also in charge of the Embassy in Iraq. In May 1996, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Spanish Ministry of Security and Home Affairs. In March 2000 he ran as a member of the People’s Party (PP, Center-right) for a seat in the Spanish Parliament representing his home province of Guipuzcoa and was subsequently reelected to Parliament two more times for a total of 12 years. In Parliament he was the leader of the Majority for Foreign Affairs for four years, and then leader of the Minority for Foreign Affairs for another eight years. From April 2012 to January 2016, he was Ambassador of Spain to India and Ambassador of Spain concurrently to Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives, and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

The seminar was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies). Opening remarks were made 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) and comments were provided by Professor Don Wallace, Jr. (Chairman, International Law Institute).

 

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"National, Regional, and Global Terrorism:

An Israeli Perspective"

with Yoram Schweitzer

January 31, 2018

Since the establishment of the State of Israel nearly seventy years ago, it has continuously faced terrorism threats from state and non-state actors both at home and abroad. What are Israel’s counterterrorism lessons within the context of broader regional and global challenges? Unique insights on these and related security concerns will be presented by Yoram Schweitzer, an Israeli expert with extensive government and academic experience.

The seminar was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) and featured Yoram Schweitzer (a senior research fellow and head of the Terrorism and Low Intensity Conflict Program at the Institute for National Security Studies).

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