A Special Diplomatic Forum

“Conversation with Pavel Shidlovsky,

Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Belarus” 

 

Mr. Shidlovsky has been Chief of Mission of Belarus in the United States since April 2014. Before coming to the U.S., Mr. Shidlovsky served as Director of U.S. and Canada Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, overseeing political and economic cooperation of Belarus with the United States and Canada. Between 2004 and 2008, Mr. Shidlovsky served in the Embassy of Belarus in the U.S. as Counselor covering economic, political, science and technology, humanitarian, educational issues. Prior to that, since 2001, he was Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus managing private office of the Foreign Minister. His first foreign posting was in Canada where he served as Second Secretary and Vice Consul for three years. Mr. Shidlovsky joined diplomatic service in 1993, after having graduated with honors from the Minsk Linguistic University as linguist and interpreter from English and French. Mr. Shidlovsky also graduated with honors from the Academy of Administration under the aegis of the President of Belarus in 2011 as specialist in international relations. 

 

 

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015

2:00 PM to 4:00PM

Place: The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 1200

Arlington, VA 22203

(Ballston Metro Station, Orange or Silver Line)

 

This event hosted several distinguished speakers:

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

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

Pavel Shidlovsky, Charge d’Affaires, a.i., Embassy of Belarus

Tom Thomson, Principal, T. Thomson & Associates, LLC; International Communications Executive and Global Business Strategist

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

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

A Special Seminar on

“Combating Separatist Terrorism:

Assessment of Past Lessons, Future Outlook,

and ‘Best Practices’ Response Strategies”

Since the establishment of the UN, many of the new or changed political entities created in the name of "self-determination" contributed to terrorism, as well as to civil and international wars. The current expanding trend of separatism and fragmentation challenges security concerns on the national, regional, and global levels. A distinguished panel of former government officials and academics assessed past experiences, selected case studies, future warning signals, and recommendations for conflict resolutions or strategies

 

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015

12:00 Noon to 2:00PM

 

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 

 

Dr. John Lenczowski, Founder and President of The Institute of World Politics

 

Professor Brian Forst, Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, American University

 

Paul Goble, Former official with the CIA and U.S. Department of State and vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn

 

Dr. Christos Kyrou, Research Director at the Center for International Relations

 

Clare Lopez, Former Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, currently Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy

 

Dr. Fernando Jimenez, Director of TecnoLegal Consult LLC and general representative of all Spanish residents in USA

 

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

 

 

 

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

A Special Seminar on

“Iraq: Quo Vadis?”

 A Conversation with

Professor Amatzia Baram

Professor emeritus of history and director for Iraq Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel

 

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

12:00 Noon to 1:00PM

 

Place: The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 200

Arlington, VA 22203

(Ballston Metro Station, Orange or Silver Line)

 

Dr. Amatzia Baram is a professor emeritus of history and the director for Iraq studies at the University of Haifa in Israel. He served on the Israeli desk of military intelligence as an analyst when the Iran-Iraq began in 1980. His Ph.D. dissertation at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem dealt with Ba'thi Iraq. He has taught at the University of Haifa since 1986. Between 1989 and the present Professor Baram has been a resident fellow at numerous international research institutions including St. Antony's College, Oxford University, UK in 1989 and 1990. He was a senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars three times in 1990, 1997-1998 and 2003-2004 and twice at the U.S. Institute for Peace in 1997-1998 and 2003-2004. He served at the Brookings Institute in 2002-2003, was a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy and taught as the Goldman Chair Professor at Georgetown University in Washington in 1998-1999 and 2010-2011. Professor Baram lectured on Iraqi society with an emphasis on the tribes of Iraq for the American military between 2005 and 2009. He has advised the Israeli government since 1980 and advised the U.S. government about Iraq and the Gulf during the Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush administrations. Professor Baram has been interviewed about Iraq by many TV and radio stations. 

Professor Baram has written four books and more than seventy articles, which appeared in journals and professional magazines. In 2010 his book, written in conjunction with two colleagues, Iraq Between Occupations: Perspectives from 1920 to the Present, was published. His most recent book, Saddam Husayn and Islam, 1968-2003: Ba'thi Iraq from Militant Secularism to Faith, was published in 2014. 

 

The video can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/65781315

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

A Special Seminar on

“From Terrorism to War Crimes: Past Lessons and Future Outlook”

 

The purpose of this seminar was to focus on the interface between terrorism and the rule of law. Special attention was placed on legal practices related to detention, prosecution, and punishment of terrorists. Topics that were covered included current national, regional, and global risk assessments; surveillance; civil and military trials; international criminal court cases; and future outlook.

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
2:00PM to 4:00PM

Place: The International Law Institute
1055 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Suite M-100 Washington, DC 20007
(Near 31 and K Street NW) 202-247-6006 

This event hosted several distinguished speakers:

 Professor Don Wallace Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute

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

Professor Paul R. Pillar, 28-year career in the U.S. intelligence community; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University

Dr. George Khelashvili, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Georgia

Professor Mir Sadat, Professor of National Security and Foreign Policy, National Intelligence University

Issam Michael Saliba, Senior Foreign Law Specialist for the Middle East and North Africa, Law Library of Congress

Ambassador Javier Ruperez, Former Ambassador of Spain to the United States and Assistant Secretary- General and Director of Counterterrorism at the United Nations Security Council

 

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

A Special Seminar on

"Terrorism Captives: Tactical, Legal, and Strategic Implications"

Kidnapping and hostage taking by state and non-state actors constitute a permanent fixture of terrorist tactics that is attractive and effective. The latest media focus on American and foreign captives in Iran, Syria, and elsewhere provides an opportunity to assess the historical lessons learned, anticipate future challenges, and recommend "best practices" response strategies on national, regional, and global levels.

These topics and related concerns such as piracy, hijacking, negotiations, ransom, and military rescue missions were discussed by former and current officials and academics. 

This event hosted several distinguished speakers:

Professor Don Wallace Jr, Chairman of the International Law Institute
Professor Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Ambassador (Ret.) Edward Marks,Former U.S. Department of State Deputy Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Director, Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation
Dr. Wayne H. Zaideman, Former FBI Legal Attaché in the Middle East
Ifat Reshef, Minister for Middle Eastern and Counter-Terrorism Affairs, Embassy of Israel
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman, Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council and Business Executives for National Security
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

For more information on the International Center for Terrorism Studies, please visit their website

You can view a video of this seminar on CSPAN or watch it here

 

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