The International Center for Terrorism Studies hosts the Ambassadors' Forum Program, which brings ambassadors of many nations to the Institute to speak on current topics in international relations and counterterrorism.

Ambassadors Forum Program
Past Participants (2007-2012)

Ambassador Joao de Vallera, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States
Ambassador Samuel Zbogar, Ambassador of Slovenia to the United States
Ambassador Elena Poptodorova, Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States
Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
Ambassador Javier Ruperez, Executive Director of the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate, United Nations
Ambassador Bernard A. B. Goonetilleke, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States
Ambassador Zac Nsenga, Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States
Ambassador Dennis Richardson, Ambassador of Australia to the United States
Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of Morocco to the United States
Ambassador Roy Ferguson, Ambassador of New Zealand to the United States
Ambassador Carolina Barco Isakson, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States Ambassador Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, Ambassador of Indonesia to the United States
Ambassador Michael Wilson, Ambassador of Canada to the United States
Ambassador Pierre Vimont, Ambassador of France to the United States
Ambassador H.E. Chan Heng Chee, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the United States
Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, Ambassador of Germany to the United States
Ambassador Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Anti-Terrorism Coordinator Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Ambassador Ronen Sen, Ambassador of India to the United States
Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, of the Peoples Republic of China to the     United States
Ambassador Bisera Turkovic, Ambassador of Bosnia to the United States
Ambassador Amine Kherbi, Ambassador of Algeria to the United States
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen, Ambassador of Denmark to the United States
Ambassador Nabi Şensoy, Ambassador of Turkey to the United States
Ambassador Samir Sumaida’ie, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States
Ambassador Antonio Patriota, Ambassador of Brazil to the United States
Ambassador Dell Dailey, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Ambassador of Croatia to the United States

ICTS hosts regular briefings, seminars and conferences on counterterrorism issues.  Please see a list of recent events, below.


1.    January 13, 2011
Lecture by Prof. Yonah Alexander on “Prospects for Regional Collaboration to Meet the Threats” at seminar on “Northwest Africa Transnational Threats” sponsored by Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NDU)
Location: Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rabat

2.    January 19, 2011
Roundtable Discussion on “Turkey’s Counterterrorism Strategies”
Panelists: Ambassador Reha Keskintepe, Alper Coskun, and Aylin Sekizkök
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

3.    January 31, 2011
“13th Annual Review Seminar on “Terrorism: Review of 2010 and Outlook for 2011”
Panelists: Hon. Charles Allen, Ambassador D. Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo, Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Daniel Gallington, Esq., and Prof. Don Wallace, Esq.
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: National Press Club, Washingtonm, D.C.

4.    February 8, 2011
“The New Middle East: Quo Vadis?”
Panelists: BrigGen David G. Reist, Dr. Josef Olmert, Prof. Fariborz (Fred) Mokhtari, and Dr. Michael Rubin
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

5.    March 1, 2011
“Terrorism and Criminal Justice Responses”
Briefing by Prof. Yonah Alexander to a Delegation from Spain arranged by the U.S. Department of State
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

6.    March 31, 2011
“A Roadmap to WMDMEFZ: Past Experience and Future Outlook”
Panelists: Hon. Guy Roberts, Hon. Paula DeSutter, Amb. (Ret.) David Smith, Dr. Chen Kane
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies


7.    April 15, 2011
“The Emerging New Middle East and State-Sponsored Terrorism: A Dilemma for Policymakers”
Panelists: Margaret Nardi, LtGen (Ret.) Keith J. Stalder, Col (Ret.) Terence Taylor, and Dr. F. Stephen Larrabee
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

8.    April 25, 2011
A Briefing by Prof. Yonah Alexander on “Terrorism and Latin America: Threats and Responses”
Location: Panama City, Panama

9.    May 19, 2011
“Georgia-U.S. Strategic Partnership: Past Experience and Future Outlook”
Panelists: Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

10.    June 1, 2011
Lecture by Prof. Yonah Alexander on “Reform, Revolution, or Repression?  Finding Positive Paths Forward for a Region in Transition” at conference on “Uncertain Forecast: Preventing the ‘Arab Spring’ from Becoming the ‘Season of Discontent,’”
Location: The Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.

11.    June 13, 2011
Special Event (Invited)
Conversation with Sameh Shouky, Egyptian Ambassador to the United States
Location: Center for the National Interest, Washington, D.C.

12.    June 20, 2011
“Kazakhstan-U.S. Strategic Partnership: Past Experience and Future Outlook”
Speakers: Ambassador Erlan Idrissov
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

13.    June 28, 2011
“Cutting Through the Fog of Law: Was Killing bin Laden an Illegal ‘Extrajudicial Execution,’ a ‘War Crime,’ or a Lawful Act During Armed Conflict”
Panelists: Prof. Bob Turner, Marion (Spike) Bowman, Prof. Jeffrey Addicott, and Prof. W. Hays Parks
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

14.    July 7, 2011
“Terrorism and Civil Liberties: Security vs. Rights?”
Panelists: Suzanne E. Spaulding, Professor Amitai Etzioni, and Professor Robert Turner
Co-Chairs: Prof. Yonah Alexander and Prof. Don Wallace
Location: International Law Institute

15.    July 12, 2011
“al-Qa’ida and the South Asia Experience: Regional and Global Responses”
Panelists: Prof. Yonah Alexander and Gilles de Kerchove
Moderator: Alexander Alvaro, MEP
Location: European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

16.    July 19, 2011
“The Effect of bin Laden’s Death on AQIM”
Panelists: Prof. Yonah Alexander, Bruce Riedel and Walid Phares
Moderator:  Ambassador Cindy Courville
Location: Defense Intelligence Agency

17.    July 25, 2011
Special Event (Invited)
Meeting with Members of Egypt’s Armed Supreme Council Delegation
Location: Washington, D.C.

18.    August 30, 2011
“MEWMDFZ: Outlook for 2012 and Beyond”
Panelists: Hon. Guy Roberts and Peter Huessy
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

19.    September 8-9, 2011
Lecture by Prof. Yonah Alexander on “al-Qa’ida Business Threats: Lessons Learned” at the OSCE Workshop on Public-Private Partnerships on Enhancing Tourism Security
Location: Vienna, Austria

20.    September 13-14, 2011
Lecture by Prof. Yonah Alexander on “10 Years Later: Insights on al-Qaeda’s Past and Future Through Captured Records”
Location: National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

21.    September 27, 2011
“UN-Palestinian Statehood: Political, Legal, Social, Economic and Strategic Perspectives”
Speakers: Prof. Don Wallace, Jr., Dr. Dov Zakheim, Prof. Yoram Peri,
Hon. Mahmoud Hmoud, Ambassador (Ret.) Edward Marks
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

22.    October 18, 2011
“Arab Spring Assessment: Political, Social, Economic and Strategic Perspectives”
Speakers: Ambassador Dr. Hussein Hassouna, Hon. P.J. Crowley, Dr. Robert Satloff, Dr. Judith Yaphe and Dr. Gönül Tol
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

23.    October 31, 2011
International Conference on “Ideology and Violent Islamic Radicalization”
Invited Commentator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Swedish Defence Academy, National Centre for Terrorist Threat Assessment, and the University of Stockholm, Sweden

24.    November 1-2, 2011
Lecture by Prof. Yonah Alexander at an international conference “Lone Wolf Terrorism”
Location: National Centre for Terrorist Threat Assessment and the National Police Board, Stockholm

25.    November 7, 2011
“Riots, Protests, and Terrorism: A View from the UK and Europe”
Speakers: Prof. Eric Moonman
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

26.    November 8, 2011
Special Briefing and Discussion on “Tackling Security Threats in the Sahel” with Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mali), Abdelkader Messahel (Minister for Maghreb and African Affairs, Algeria), Mohamed Bazoum (Minster of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria), and Hamadi Ould Hamadi Ould Baba Hamadi (Minster of Foreign Affairs, Mauritania)
Location: CSIS (Washington, D.C.)

27.    December 6, 2011
“Iran’s Nuclear Program: A Final Warning?”
Speakers: Dr. Leonard S. Spector, Dr. Christopher A. Ford, Michael Eisenstadt, Hon. Guy Roberts, and Prof. Don Wallace, Jr.
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

28. January 18, 2012
“Strategic Response’s to South Asia’s Security Challenges”
Speakers: Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Paulo Casaca, Amb. Teresita C. Schaffer, Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, Sharon Squassoni, Prof. Don Wallace Jr.
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: United States Congress- Washington, D.C.

29. February 2, 2012
“International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2011 and Outlook for 2012”
Speakers: Michael S. Swetnam, Hon. Charles E. Allen, Daniel A. Rosen, Amb. Arun K. Singh, Hon. Timur Soylemez, Hon. Mahmoud Hmoud
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: National Press Club- Washington, D.C.

30. March 1, 2012
“Syria After Assad?”
Speakers: Prof. Don Wallace Jr., BGen. David Reist, Dr. Steven A. Cook, Issam Michael Saliba, Claude Salhani
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: International Law Institute

31. March 23, 2012:
“Nigeria and the Al-Qa’ida Challenge: National, Regional, and Global Implications”
Speakers: Michael S. Swetnam, Amb. Zango A. Abdu, Augustine (Gus) Fahey, Prof. Osita Ogbu, Jennifer G. Cooke, Prof. Gwendolyn Mikell, Prof. Don Wallace, Jr.
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

32. April 30, 2012:
“Al-Qa’ida Quo Vadis?: Marking the First Anniversary of ‘Operation Neptune Spear’”
Speakers: Michael S. Swetnam, Dr. Matthew Levitt, BGen. David Reist, Prof. Shireen Hunter, Dr. Mary Habeck, Dr. Thomas Lynch III, Prof. Don Wallace, Jr.
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander
Location: Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies was pleased to host a seminar, Protests, Riots and Terrorism: A View from the UK and Europe, with special guest Prof. Eric Moonman, University of London and Former Member of Parliament (Labor), on Monday, November 7. Co-sponsors of this event include the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, the Inter-Parliamentary Council for Combating Terrorism, The United States Association of Former Members of Congress,  and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute. Click below to watch video of the event.

 

Please note: The views of guest speakers are the speakers' alone and do not represent the views of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies or its staff.  The Potomac Institute is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to the free exchange of ideas for the purpose of informing public policy.

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