Africa matters to the United States and to its friends and allies for reasons ranging from its strategic geographic position to the threats posed by radicalization and violence to the vast economic opportunities and resources it offers. While the international community is currently focusing on crises in the Ukraine, Syria, and elsewhere, the security challenges in Africa also deserve much greater attention.  

For almost 40 years Spain has been victimized by domestic ETA violence. In 2004, Al Qa’ida perpetrated a devastating terrorist attack in Madrid.

Ambassador Ramón Gil-Casares, Ambassador of Spain to the United States of America, discussed both the threats and responses, particularly focusing on Spain’s contributions to security concerns nationally and globally.

Video from the Feb. 7 event is available here:

The 16th Annual Event On
“International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism:
Review of 2013 and Outlook for 2014”
The year 2013 represents the most troubling security challenge since 9/11, with the largest number of terrorist attacks occurring across the world. The battle we are waging is generational, institutional, and unavoidable. Without more effective international cooperation the cost to the global community will continue to grow in 2014.

A panel of political, military, and academic experts analyzed last year’s lessons, assessed anticipated threats in 2014 and beyond, and offered strategic recommendations for the international community.

Video is available now:

Experts from U.S. Government, Academia Discussed Challenges, History, And More

In light of the growing debate over the Geneva deal with Iran as illustrated by the Senate’s move toward a new sanctions bill, a panel of experts discussed many issues including the nuclear “red line” status, options for future trade-offs negotiations, and short and long term regional and global strategic implications.

The Honorable Bijan R. Kian, the highest ranking Iranian-American to serve two U.S. presidents, was the keynote speaker.

Video from the event is available here:

Panel Addresses Security Challenges of a New, Permanent Fixture

Although lone wolf terrorism, as perpetrated by individuals in Oklahoma City, Fort Hood, and Oslo, has become a permanent fixture of security concerns nationally and globally, the phenomenon is not very well understood. A panel of experts discussed the nature of the growing threat and what modern societies can do to reduce the risks.

Michael S. Swetnam, CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies offered opening remarks, and the panel was moderated by Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Panelist speakers included: 
Marion (Spike) Bowman, Former Deputy General Counsel (National Security), Federal Bureau of Investigation; Distinguished Fellow, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Prof. Amit Kumar, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Kyle B. Olson, President, The Olson Group, Ltd.

Prof. Don Wallace Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute, provided closing remarks.

The video is can be viewed here:


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