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.

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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