Situational Awareness, Cohesive Strategy and Policy, and Opportunities for Economic Development, Are All Key To Building Cooperation
The year 2013 represented the most troubling security challenge since 9/11, with the largest number of terrorist attacks occurring across the world. The battle is generational, institutional, and unavoidable. Without more effective international cooperation the cost to the global community will continue to grow in 2014.
Ambassadors from embassies of Egypt and the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as the recently retired ambassador from the Republic of Mali, joined Potomac Institute leadership at the National Press Club Jan. 24 for the 16th annual discussion on the way ahead for "International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism."
Institute CEO and Chairman Mike Swetnam opened the discussion, and Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, moderated the discussion. Speakers included:
General (ret.) Alfred Gray, Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps; Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Ambassador Mohamed M. Tawfik, Embassy of Egypt
Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco
Ambassador (ret.) Al Maamoun Baba Lamine Keita, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Mali to the United States
Dr. Edward Luttwak, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies, provided commentary, and Prof. Don Wallace Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute gave the closing remarks.
Experts Discuss High Impact Journals' Ability to Sift For Pertinent Material, While the Internet Provides an Almost Limitless Forum
By Brian Barnett, Jennifer Lato, Melissa Walsh
The seminar “Open Access: International and Domestic Policies” was held at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies on January 22, 2014. Open access has become increasingly important in the journal publication process, and the policies that surround both the publication and distribution are controversial. Drawing from careers in open access agencies such as AAAS, SPARC, and the Potomac Institute, the three panelists highlighted core features of US open access policy, as well as the business models of open access.
The first speaker, Dr. Alan Moghissi, who is on the Potomac Institute's Board of Regents, highlighted the importance of peer review within the journal publication process, and that despite efforts to increase validity, there exists three major issues. The first is the free, immediate availability of scholarly articles; the second is review criteria; and the third is defining the role of an editor. In addition to these three issues, Dr. Moghissi also addressed a financial incentive for journals to publish regardless of validity. In some cases a journal may not receive numerous manuscripts, and thus will seek to publish articles of low impact.
Read more: Open Access: Current Policy and Business Models