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"Middle East Strategic Outlook:

Regional and Global Implications"

 

November 21, 2016

The current deteriorating Middle East security architecture gravely challenges the international community more than ever before. The lingering crisis of national identities coupled with escalating extremism and violence is resulting in unprecedented social, economic, and strategic costs. These regional calamities require most urgently comprehensive conflict resolution policies and actions by all concerned nations. Most importantly, will the new U.S. administration provide critical global leadership in advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East and beyond? These and related concerns were be discussed by a distinguished panel, including current and former diplomats, military, and academics experts.

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. The panel consisted of: Ambassador (Ret.) Marcelle M. Wahba, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and President of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington D.C.; Ambassador (Ret.) Theodore H. Kattouf former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and other diplomatic appointments elsewhere in the Middle East and President and CEO of AMIDEAST; Cem Ulusoy, Counselor at the Embassy of Turkey, focusing on counter terrorism issues and Iraq; Prasad Nallapati, retired Additional Secretary to the Government of India and, currently, President of the Centre for Asia-Africa Policy Research in India; and Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute. Closing remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

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"The Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"

October 14, 2016

As the U.S. just marked its 15th anniversary of 9/11 and as the UN general assembly began its 71st session, terrorism continues to plague the international community with escalated, complex security challenges. The latest attacks from New York to Aleppo have once again underscored the brutalization, victimization, and globalization of contemporary terrorism. It is against this geopolitical and generational context that a panel of distinguished former political, diplomatic, and military officials as well as academics discussed past lessons, assess current and future threats, and offered recommendations for a more effective counterterrorism architecture.

Opening remarks were made 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. The keynote speaker was Hon. R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA and currently, Chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The panel consisted of Hon. Douglas Feith, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and currently, Director, Center for National Security Strategies, Hudson Institute; Ambassador (Ret.) Charles A. Ray, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and Ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe and previously, he served in the United States Army for twenty years; and David Albright a physicist and Founder & President, Institute for Science and International Security and a former inspector of the Iraqi nuclear program and a faculty member at Princeton University and George Mason University. 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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"NATO: Post Warsaw Agenda"

October 31, 2016

NATO, as it marked its 68th anniversary, is still facing a broad range of old and new challenges, including piracy, terrorism, regional and global conflicts, humanitarian crises, proliferation of WMD, and cyber threats. In the face of these and other strategic concerns and in the aftermath of the latest Warsaw Summit that focused inter alia on strengthening and modernizing the Alliance’s deterrence and defense posture and projecting stability beyond its Eastern borders, the question arises whether the 28 nations’ partnership will continue to play its essential political and military role in the coming years.

Opening and closing remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Moderating the panel was Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and Richard Prosen, Office of European Security Political, and Military Affairs (EUR/RPM), U.S. Department of State. The panel consisted of: Honorable Kenneth Wainstein, former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, first Assistant Attorney General for National Security, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chief of Staff to Director Robert S. Mueller III, and currently, a panel member on the Blue Ribbon Study Panel for Biodefense; Joseph Manso, Director of the Office of Regional Security, Political and Military Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ambassador (Ret.) Kurt Volker, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and currently, the Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership; Dr. Daniel Hamilton, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of State for European Affairs and U.S. special coordinator for Southeast European stabilization and associate director of the Policy Planning Staff for two secretaries of State; Currently, Executive Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins SAIS; Jeffrey Rathke former director of the State Department Press Office and deputy director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General in Brussels and currently, a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Europe Program at CSIS; and Dr. Jorge Benitez, Director, NATOSource and a Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council. 

The link to the C-SPAN video can be found here

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“Terrorism Generational Challenges:

Political, Social, Economic, and Strategic Implications”

August 29, 2016

Although the ongoing public debates in the U.S. and abroad are about combating current terrorist threats, it is equally critical to focus attention on “the longer war” for the remainder of the 21st century. Experts with government, diplomatic, military, and academic experience analyzed the likely future terrorist challenges on the political, social, economic, and strategic levels and offered recommendations for effective responses by the U.S. and its friends and allies.

Opening remarks were given 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. The panel consisted of: Professor Dieter Dettke, former U.S. Representative and Executive Director of the Washington Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Currently, Adjunct Professor in the Security Studies Program and the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University); Dr. Scott Savran, former professor at Virginia Tech and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan (He is a specialist in Middle East and Islamic history currently working at the University of Maryland); Professor Fabrice Balanche, Associate Professor and research director at the University of Lyon 2 and visiting fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Dr. Aykan Erdemir, Former member of the Turkish Parliament (Currently, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies); and Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Bangladesh. Closing remarks were given by Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute.

 

The link to the C-SPAN video can be found here.

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"Post-Attempted Coup in Turkey:

Quo Vadis?"

 

August 3, 2016

In the wake of the failed coup in July, many questions have arisen both domestically and internationally regarding Turkey’s future political, social, economic, and strategic direction. Interdisciplinary academic experts provided assessments of likely developments in Turkey as well as the resulting implications for national, regional, and global security concerns.

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