The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Summer 2011 Focus newsletter features a cover story on the Institute's response to the death of Usama bin Laden. Institute experts were in-demand media commentators in the wake of Bin Laden's death. Also in this issue: an interview with historian Williamson "Wick" Murray, on his new book The Shaping of Grand Strategy: Policy, Diplomacy, and War, and an overview of the CNS-sponsored conference on Ethical Issues in the Use of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology in National Defense. Click on the attachment below to read the newsletter in full.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' fifth Cyber Challenge Symposium, on July 6, came as media reports continued to focus on an increase in incidents of hacking. The symposium, entitled "Cyber Deterrence: Mutual Assured Disruption or Other Options?" featured a panel including former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, USAF (Ret.), professional "white-hat" hacker Michael Tiffany, and security expert Dr. James Mulvenon. All three panelists were featured in a Reuters wire story on the growing hacking problem. Click here to read the article in full.
BGen David Reist, USMC (Ret.) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and a former USMC Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics in Washington, DC. In a live appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, he discussed the logistical challenges of drawing down US troops in Afghanistan. His appearance followed President Obama's announcement that all 33,000 "surge" troops would leave Afghanistan by September of 2012. Click here to watch the interview in full.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith, (Ret.), is the Director of the Georgian Security Analysis Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. In a recent column for the Georgian publication Tabula, he writes about the June election success of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party, AKP: a victory that Smith notes positions Erdoğan and his government to become "the longest serving in Turkey’s history as a multi-party democracy." But Smith also sounds a warning note. He writes, "Despite the many positive things that the AKP government has achieved, there is a real concern that democracy suffered during Erdoğan’s second term." Click below to read the article in full.
Colonel Martin Leppert USARNG (Ret.) is a Research Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He has had extensive experience in Afghanistan, commanding the 2nd Embedded Training Brigade, 205th Regional Command Assistance Group, (RCAG) in Zabul Province. His Brigade provided combat focused leadership, training, guidance and direct combat support to the 2100 Soldiers of the Afghan Army’s 2nd Brigade, 205th Corps in Zabul Province, one of the most heavily contested provinces in Afghanistan. In a live interview on Washington, DC's FOX-5 news, he reacted to President Obama's announcement of a troop drawdown in Afghanistan. Click here to watch the interview in full.
Dr. Tawfik Hamid, Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, is an Egyptian-American scholar and author of the book Inside Jihad. In an interview with Radio Free Europe, he commented on the ascent of Ayman al-Zawahiri to the top leadership position in Al Qaeda, and warned that al-Zawahiri may be more dangerous than his predecessor, Usama bin Laden. Click here to read the article in full.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Senior Fellow Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr. is the new Chair of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Dr. Moore, a member of the WSSC Commission representing Montgomery County since 2008, was elected to the position during today’s Commission meeting. He will serve until June 2012. He succeeds Antonio L. Jones, a Commissioner from Prince George’s County. Dr. Moore said: “I look forward to support from my fellow commissioners to continue our oversight of a utility that is respected for its fairness in business dealings, its efficiency and competency in operations, and its considerations of decisions designed to keep the utility in step with technological innovations and providing excellent service to our customers.” Please click here to read more on the WSSC website.
- Senior Fellow James Tate Letter to The Washington Post
- Prof. Giordano Letter to The New Yorker
- Senior Fellow David Smith on Georgia Arms "Embargo"
- Video: Prof. Giordano on WHO Cell Phone Findings
- Prof. Giordano Comments on Cell Phone Risk to NBC Stations
- Prof. Giordano Talks to FOX-5 About Cell Phone Cancer Risk
- CEO Michael Swetnam on Cyber Attack "Equivalence" Doctrine
- Senior Fellow David Kay on WMD and Lessons Learned
- CEO Michael Swetnam Talks to FOX-5 About President's European Trip
- Senior Fellow Charles Herzfeld on ARPAnet and the Birth of the Internet
- Health Policy Program Director Donald Donahue on a "Forgotten" Threat
- CEO Michael Swetnam in National Journal
- Tawfik Hamid on Egypt-Iran Relations After Mubarak
- Senior Fellow David Smith: Lessons from V-E Day and Beyond
- Prof. Yonah Alexander on Bin Laden Raid
- Senior Fellow David Smith to Speak at International Cyber Security Conference
- Tawfik Hamid: Should We Fear Revenge Attacks?
- Prof. Yonah Alexander on Intel Gains from Bin Laden Raid
- Tawfik Hamid on Who's Next to Head Al Qaeda
- Tawfik Hamid talks to WRC-TV About Reaction to Bin Laden Death
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