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

 

On Thursday July 9, the Potomac Institute's International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a panel to discuss the ongoing nucelar negotiations with Iran, titled:

The Days After: Are Iran's Deadlines Endless?

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the six major powers are continuing to negotiate beyond the July 7th deadline. Can a historic diplomatic endgame, if ever concluded, contribute to lasting regional and global security? 

These and related issues, such as Iran's hybrid warfare strategy, including propoganda, terrorism, and proxy operations, were discussed by a distinguished panel of experts in the video below.

The International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies hosted a seminar on “Combating Terrorism: The Role of Law Enforcement” on June 11, 2015.  The latest aborted plot to attack police officers in Boston underscores once again the critical role of law enforcement in combating terrorism. And yet, perceptions, legal frameworks, organizational structures, policies, and actions vary extensively both domestically and internationally. Is a standardization of “best practices” desirable or possible? A panel of U.S. and foreign experts discussed past lessons and forecasted challenges and opportunities in confronting terrorism by local, state, national, regional, and global policing bodies.  

The event was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) and included opening remarks by Potomac Institute for Policy Studies CEO and Chairman, Michael Swetnam. The panel included Michael Braun (Former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Administrator and Chief of Operations (SES-6); co-founder of SGI Global, LLC), Dr. Ivan Anchev (Counselor and Police Liaison, Embassy of Bulgaria), Sergeant Mark Landahl (Supervisor, School Resource Unit, Frederick County (MD) Sheriff’s Office), Captain Dave Martin (Assistant Director, Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, Frederick County (MD) Sheriff’s Office), and 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 were given by General Alfred Gray (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 International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a seminar on “Combating Terrorism: Strategic Assessments, the Military's Role, and International Cooperation” on May 14, 2015. A panel discussed current and future threat analysis and outlook for passive and active defense measures on national, regional, and global levels.

General (Ret.) Alfred Gray (Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps; Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) made opening remarks and Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) moderated the event. The panel includedAmbassador Lukman Faily (Embassy of the Republic of Iraq to the United States. Formerly, he served as Iraq’s Ambassador to Japan and an Ambassador at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Brigadier Chaudhary Sarfraz Ali (Defence and Army Attaché, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan),Colonel (Ret.) Gary Anderson (Former senior U.S. Military Liaison Advisor to the UN mission in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993 and was the Chief of Staff for the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab when it conducted the URBAN WARRIOR experiments from 1998-2000; Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies), andDr. Thomas X. Hammes (Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University).

 

 

The year 2014 represents the most troubling security challenges since 9/11. With the escalation of violent attacks by an expanding array of terrorist groups, such as the emerging "Islamic State," the questions arises whether the worst is yet to come. Without more effective international cooperation to combat terrorism, the costs to the global community will continue to grow in 2015. The latest military operations led by Saudi Arabia in concert with its Gulf allies against the Houthi rebels in Yemen demonstrate the emerging strategic partnership trend. The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies organized a panel of distinguished political, diplomatic, military, and academic experts to analyze last year's lessons, assess future threats, and offer "best practices" recommendations for the U.S. and its like-minded nations.


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