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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

A Special Seminar on

“NATO’s Mission in the Old-New Strategic Environment:

Confronting Regional and Global Challenges”

 

The most pressing security challenges facing NATO today and tomorrow include terrorism, homeland threats, cyber attacks, information warfare, the Ukraine crisis, piracy, and WMD proliferation. A new book NATO: From Regional to Global Security Provider was released on September 17, 2015 at a special seminar with the participation of several of the contributors of the study. Topics covered are national and regional challenges such as Europe, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East. Future policy options for the Alliance based on the historical lessons were also analyzed.

 

 Date: Thursday, September 17, 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 

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

Richard Prosen, United States Department of State’s Office of European Security Political, and Military Affairs (EUR/RPM)

Dr. Raffi Gregorian, Director, Office of Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of StateDr. Richard Weitz, Director & Senior Fellow, Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute

 

Dr. Patrick Murphy, Former U.S. government official, including in the Office of the Secretary of State,and currently Visiting Fellow, Inter-University Center for Legal Studies

 

Bruce Weinrod, Former Secretary of Defense Representative for Europe and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy

 

Hon. Guy Roberts, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for WMD Policy and Director, Nuclear Policy, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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