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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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“The Lone Wolf Terrorist: Past Lessons, Future Outlook, and Response Strategies”

July 27, 2016

The latest terrorist incidents in Nice, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Orlando and elsewhere, are once again a grim reminder of the expanding operational roles of "lone wolves." Whether they are self-radicalized or linked to home-grown or foreign groups, their involvement reflects a worrisome weakness in the security chain of modern society. A panel with rich experience in the public and private sectors analyzed manifold national and global implications of the challenge and offered short and long-term recommendations to combat future threats.

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: Captain Dave Martin, Assistant Director, Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, Frederick County (MD) Sheriff’s Office; Professor Carol Flynn, A 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, she held senior executive and clandestine positions in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and is currently, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and Managing Principal at Singa Consulting; Lisa Curtis, a former U.S. government official and currently, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation; Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli, Senior Analyst and editor of the Economic Blog at the Middle East Media Research Institute; and Professor Dean Alexander, Director, Homeland Security Research Program and Professor at the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Western Illinois University. Closing remarks were given by Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute.

Please find the video here.

 
 

 

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“Aviation Security:
Past Lessons, Future Outlook, and ‘Best Practices’ Responses”

 June 28, 2016

From aircraft hijackings in the 1970s to 9/11 and the mystery of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014 to the latest destruction of EgyptAir Flight 804 in 2016, critical questions regarding the future outlook for aviation security continue to challenge the international community. While total safety in the skies cannot be achieved, are all the parties involved—government, industry, airlines, airports, and the public—motivated sufficiently to develop improved measures to reduce aerial human and technological risks?

A panel of experts from the public and private sectors have examined the challenges and opportunities in the aviation environment.

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“Latin American Security Challenges:
From the Olympics to Zika”

 June 23, 2016

Latin America is increasingly facing multiple security challenges including organized crime, terrorism, insurgency, and threats to democratic governance. Experts with extensive diplomatic, academic, and professional experience analyzed these trends as well as the August 2016 Rio Olympics and the Zika crisis. Future national, regional, and global implications for stability and peace were discussed.

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