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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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"Combating Biological Terrorism:

Roadmaps for Global Strategies"

August 24, 2017

Biological security concerns are a permanent fixture of history, ranging from Mother Nature’s infectious diseases to man-made threats. Recent epidemics, such as Ebola and Zika, and the potential dangers of biological terrorism urgently need to be addressed through international partnerships to reduce the gravest health risks at home and abroad. Experts with governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental experience provided an assessment of future challenges and offered recommendations for comprehensive international biosecurity strategies.

Opening remarks were given by Michael S. Swetnam, CEO and Chairman of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.The panel consisted of: Professor Rita Colwell a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Professor S. Gerald Sandler, Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Medicine, Georgetown University and Medical Director, Transfusion Service, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; Professor Rashid A. Chotani, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; and Dr. Norman Kahn a consultant at Counter-Bio LLC and the former Director, Intelligence Community Counter-Biological Weapons Program. Closing remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps as well as a Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

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"The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism"

June 29, 2017

 

From the dawn of history, diplomacy has been utilized as a statecraft during war and peace periods. Is this traditional tool currently sufficient to combat terrorism at home and abroad? These and related topics, such as attacks against diplomats and their missions as well as “best practices” responses to radicalization and violence, were discussed by former U.S. ambassadors with extensive international experience.

Opening remarks were given 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 at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of Ambassador (Ret.) Charles A. Ray, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe, and Ambassador (Ret.) Jo Ellen Powell, former career member of the United States Foreign Service who served as Consul General in Frankfurt, Germany and ambassador to Mauritania. Closing remarks were given my General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.). 

Watch the seminar on UStream here

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"European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies:

Quo Vadis?"

June 9, 2017

The latest attacks in the UK, France, and elsewhere have once again focused the world's attention on terrorism nationally, regionally, and globally. Moreover, in the aftermath of President Trump’s first foreign trip as well as his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate, what are the likely directions for U.S. and European counter-terrorism strategies in the short and long terms? Will “America First” and “Europe First” priorities dominate future policies and actions or will a reset of multilateral cooperation to combat terrorism emerge between the allies? These and related challenges and opportunities were discussed by European and American experts.

Opening remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corp and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: Michael Whine MBE, UK Member of the European Commission against Racism & Intolerance (ECRI), Council of Europe; Erik Brattberg, Director of Europe Program and a Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Dr. Aude Jehan-Robert, Nonresident Senior Fellow and former French Embassy Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Ralf Lesser, LL.M., German Liaison Officer to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Watch the video below or on Ustream here.

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"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"

May 24, 2017

 

In view of President Trump’s Middle East policies and actions during the first hundred days of his administration and in the aftermath of the president’s first foreign trip, including to Saudi Arabia and Israel, is a new regional strategic order emerging? An assessment of this potential direction was discussed by a panel of experts with government and academic experience.

Opening remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corp and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: Ambassador (Ret.) Gerald M. Fierstein, Director of the Center for Gulf Affairs, Middle East Institute and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs and Ambassador to Yemen; Barbara Slavin, acting director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor.com; Dr. Nimrod Raphael, Emeritus Senior Analyst and editor of the Economic Blog at the Middle East Media Research Institute; and Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman of the International Law Institute.

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