INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT

POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES

A Diplomatic Forum

"Combating Terrorism:
Lessons from the Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel, and Beyond"

Since 9/11, security challenges with grave global implications have emerged in the Middle East, Africa, and other regions. Terrorists networks, particularly al-Qa’ida and the newly-formed Daesh, are expanding their deadly operations across an arc of instability that exists without borders.

In the aftermath of the latest attacks in Brussels, Istanbul, and California, the key question is whether there are any short and long-term strategic policies and actions that can more effectively combat multiple threats to a functioning system of world order.

These and related topics such as the role of America, the European community, NATO, the Arab League, the African Union, and other actors were discussed by experts with extensive government, diplomatic, and academic experience.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT

POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES

A Special Seminar

“The Refugee Crisis:
Humanitarian and Security Implications”

The latest expansion of terrorism, civil wars, and regional conflicts has resulted in internal displacements and forced migrations of millions of refugees around the world. Despite the grave humanitarian and strategic implications of the continuing challenge, there is no consensus by policy-makers and the public in general on how to deal with this crisis on political, legal, social, economic, and security levels.

A panel of former government officials and academic experts will assess whether the international community can act collectively in resolving this global tragedy.

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM

Place: The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
901 N. Stuart St., Suite 200
Arlington, VA 22203
(Ballston Metro Station, Orange and Silver Line)

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

Panel:
Mark Krikorian
Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies

Olga Oliker
Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Robert L. McKenzie
Visiting fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution. McKenzie is an expert in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with 15 years of applied research and work experience for the U.S. government, private sector, and academia

Abraham Stein
Former Deputy Secretary for Multidimensional Security and Senior Advisor to the Secretary General on Defense and Hemispheric Security, Organization of American States

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

 

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT

POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES

The 18th Annual Event

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism:
Review of 2015 and Outlook for 2016"

The international community has faced two major categories of security challenges in 2015. The first stems from “natural disasters” (e.g. infectious disease epidemics) and the second consists of “man-made threats” (e.g. radicalization and violence). The purpose of the 18th annual security event was to focus on past lessons of international cooperation in combating human calamities and extremist actors as well as to assess the prospects for regional and global multilateral policies and actions in 2016.

The distinguished panel of political, military, diplomatic, and academic experts discussed a wide range of topics from the shifting security environment to counter-terrorism partnership strategies.

 INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT

POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES

A Special Seminar

“Untangling Russia's Puzzle: Past Lessons and Future Outlook”

What are the lessons of Russia’s adversarial dynamic with the West from the Cold War era to the current crisis in Ukraine? Can Russia become a strategic partner with the U.S. and its allies in advancing conflict-resolution alternatives in the Middle East and elsewhere?

These and related interdisciplinary perspectives were discussed by a panel of experts with governmental and academic experience.

  

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT

POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES

“The Sunni-Shite Divide: 2016 Outlook and Beyond”

The newest friction in the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East is the intensifying sectarian Sunni-Shite tensions that contains grave implications for regional and global security concerns. Will the Saudi-Iranian crisis perhaps even drag the entire world to a brink of an unprecedented disaster? Alternatively, to what extent are the antagonists willing to dampen the passion of the strife and consequently promote conflict-resolution priorities?

The purpose of our special seminar was to assess the outlook of these challenges in 2016 and beyond.

Former U.S. officials and academics have focused on a wide-range of factors including political, legal, sociological, economic, diplomatic, strategic, and related issues.

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