Video: Diplomatic Security

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a panel discussion, Diplomatic Security:  Past Lessons and Future Outlook, on Thursday, September 27, at the Institute.  Co-sponsors of this event included the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute.

The attacks on US diplomatic facilities abroad, and the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, raise troubling questions about the state of diplomatic security in today's world.  A panel of experts examined these recent events.  Click below to watch video of the program.






Opening Remarks:     

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

Prof. Yonah Alexander
Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies; Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Ray
Former United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Cambodia;  Major (Ret.), US Army

Danielle Pletka
Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Eric Trager
Next Generation Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Former Fulbright Fellow, American University in Cairo

Dr. Judith Yaphe
Distinguished Research Fellow for the Middle East, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Closing Remarks:       

General Al 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

Registration is required for general audience and press attendance.  Please provide name and affiliation to Evan Lundh, Research Coordinator, at or 703-562-4522.  


Institute Focus

  • Science and Technology Policy
  • National Security
  • S&T Forecasting
  • Operational Research
  • Terrorism and Asymmetry
  • Emerging Threats and Opportunities
  • Cybersecurity
  • Neurotechnology and ethics


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