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“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.

A Special Luncheon Seminar on

“U.S. Combating the Islamic State:
Is a New Strategic Blueprint Needed?”

In view of the expanding challenges of the “Caliphate without borders” at home and abroad, is there a need for a new American strategy “to degrade, and ultimately destroy ISIL”?

Should the Islamic State be viewed as a threat equal or greater than al-Qa’ida for the U.S. and the international community?

What are the implications of past strategic lessons for future “best practices” options regarding the political, legal, law enforcement, diplomatic, and military responses?

These and related security issues were discussed with former government and academic experts.

Date: Monday, November 23, 2015
12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM

Place: The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200

Arlington, VA 22203
(Ballston Metro Station, Orange or Silver Line)

Opening Remarks:

Michael S. Swetnam
CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Moderator:

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

Panel:

Hon. Robert C. McFarlane
Former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, serving from 1983 through 1985; Co-Founder United States Energy Security Council

Dr. Dov Zakheim
Former Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) from 2001 to 2004 and DoD Civilian Coordinator for Afghanistan from 2002 to 2004. Currently Vice Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Lieutenant General Keith J. Stalder, USMC (Ret.)
A former Commanding General of US Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, and former Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow and Member, Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Dr. Judith Yaphe
Former senior analyst on Near East Persian Gulf issues in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA. Currently, a professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University

Professor Dean Alexander
Director, Homeland Security Research Program and Professor, Homeland Security at the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University

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

Professor Yonah Alexander, Ph.D., Member, Board of Regents, Senior Fellow, and Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies

Professor Yonah Alexander is a Member of the Board of Regents, Senior Fellow, and Director of International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In addition, Professor Alexander is the Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Director of the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies (in Washington, D.C.). Both academic institutions are consortia of universities and think tanks throughout the world. Previously, Dr. Alexander served as Professor of International Affairs and Director of Terrorism Studies at the George Washington University as well as Professor of International Studies and Director of the Institute for Studies in International Terrorism at the State University of New York system, totaling 35 years of service.

 

 From the International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies:

A Special Seminar on

"Jerusalem: Outlook for War or Peace?"

December 21, 2015

Is the latest escalating tension and violence in Jerusalem threatening to ignite a religious war in the Middle East and beyond?

And yet, can the spirit of the “sacred city” for Judaism, Islam, and Christianity encourage building a foundation for a lasting peace in the “Holy Land”? 

These and related issues, including the historical, political, legal, and strategic context of Jerusalem, were discussed by scholars and diplomats from the region.

 

Moderator:

Professor Yonah Alexander

Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Panel:

Professor Mohammed S. Dajani

Weston Fellow at The Washington Institute. He founded the Wasatia movement of moderate Islam and previously worked as a professor of political science at al-Quds University in Jerusalem

Hon. Reuven Azar

Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Israel-Washington DC. Previously, he served at the Israeli Embassies in Amman and Cairo and was involved in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority

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

 

Professor Yonah Alexander, Ph.D., Member, Board of Regents, Senior Fellow, and Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies

Professor Yonah Alexander is a Member of the Board of Regents, Senior Fellow, and Director of International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In addition, Professor Alexander is the Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Director of the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies (in Washington, D.C.). Both academic institutions are consortia of universities and think tanks throughout the world. Previously, Dr. Alexander served as Professor of International Affairs and Director of Terrorism Studies at the George Washington University as well as Professor of International Studies and Director of the Institute for Studies in International Terrorism at the State University of New York system, totaling 35 years of service.

 

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From the International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies:

A Special Seminar on

Russia’s Middle East Strategy: Quo Vadis?

 

Does Russia's latest involvement in the Syrian crisis marks a significant “game-changer” in the Middle East? Can this "surprise" development lead to an escalated confrontation or contribute to combating terrorism in the region and beyond? A distinguished panel of former government officials and academics analyzed the current situation and provided recommendations for future policies and actions by the United States and its allies.

 

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015

12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM

 

Place: The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200

Arlington, VA 22203

(Ballston Metro Station, Orange or Silver Line)

 

This event hosted several distinguished speakers:

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

 

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

 

Professor Shireen Hunter, Research Professor at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, with which she has been associated since 2005, as Visiting Fellow and then Visiting Professor

 

Dr. Andrew Bowen, Senior Fellow and Director of Middle East Studies, Center for the National Interest

 

Scott Edelman, Former State Department advisor to U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command

 

Greg Gross, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and senior staff member, U.S. Senate; currently, consultant on foreign policy and military affairs

 

 

 

 

From the International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies:

A Special Seminar on

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict:

A Third Intifada or an Endgame?

 

Will the upsurge of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank lead to a full-scale intifada with serious strategic implications? Is the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict still viable? Can renewed diplomatic efforts by the parties and the international community (including the discussions at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly) serve the cause of stability and lasting peace in the Middle East? These and related issues were analyzed by current and former government officials and academic experts with extensive practical experience in this field of security concerns.

 

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015

12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM

 

Place: The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200

Arlington, VA 22203

(Ballston Metro Station, Orange or Silver Line)

This event hosted several distinguished speakers:

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

Michael S. Swetnam, CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Dr. Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Between 1988 and 2003, Miller served six secretaries of state as an advisor on Arab-Israeli negotiations.

Ghaith Al-Omari, Senior Fellow, Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship, The Washington Institute. Previously, he served in various positions within the Palestinian Authority, including advisor to the negotiating team during the 1999-2001 permanent-status talks.

 

Hon. Reuven Azar, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Israel-Washington DC. Previously, he served at the Israeli Embassies in Amman and Cairo and was involved in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

 

Dr. Wayne H. Zaideman, Former FBI Legal Attaché in the Middle East

 

Professor Yoram Peri, Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, Director of The Joseph B. and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland. Former political advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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