The International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a seminar on "Post-Europe's Parliament Elections 2014: Political, Social, Economic, and Security Implications" on July 30, 2014. Topics discussed at the seminar included employment and migration policies, combating racism and terrorism, the Ukraine crisis, Middle East challenges, and transatlantic relations. Professor Don Wallace, Jr. (Chairman, International Law Institute) and Eric Fusfield (Deputy Director of the B'nai B'rith International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy) made opening remarks. Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) moderated the event. The panel included Dr. Robert A. Pollard (Senior Foreign Service Officer with 30 years of international experience, including service in Europe and Visiting State Department Fellow, Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies), Peter Roudik (Director, Global Legal Research Center, Law Library of Congress), Professor Amit Kumar (Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University) and Geoffrey Harris (Deputy Head of the European Parliament's Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress and formerly Head of the Human Rights Unit within the Secretariat General of the European Parliament (Directorate General for external policies DGEXPO)).
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"The Middle East Crisis: Updates on Strategic Challenges and Opportunities" (Iraq, Syria, Iran and Gaza) - July 25, 2014
The ICTS at the Potomac Institute hosted a forum on “The Middle East Crisis: Updates on Strategic Challenges and Opportunities” on July 25, 2014. 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) made opening remarks and Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies) moderated the event. The panel includes Brigadier General David Reist, USMC (Ret.) (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Deputy Commanding General for Governance and Economics in Anbar Province from February 2006-February 2007 and Vice President, Strategy and Planning Division, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies), Oren Marmorstein (Counselor for Public and Academic Affairs, Embassy of Israel), and Dr. Judith Yaphe (Former senior analyst on Near East Persian Gulf issues in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA, currently, a professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University). This panel of experts provided political and military updated assessments clarifying the complex security situation in the region and beyond.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies has published the “Neuroscience and Data Sharing Symposium Report,” the proceedings of a seminar held in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships NeuroPolicy Affinity Group on March 21, 2014. This day long symposium provided a forum for the neuroscience community to discuss data sharing, including the obstacles facing the community as well as how cultural changes can lead to improvements in data sharing.
Neuroscience is a rapidly-advancing, interdisciplinary field which has seen growth in both research and public interest since the announcement of the BRAIN Initiative. With this growth comes an increased opportunity for collaboration and sharing of data. Technological advances make sharing data easier and less expensive than ever before. Despite the many advantages to data sharing, there remain many hurdles to overcome. These include insufficient resources, non-standardized data and procedures, and a lack of incentives to share data. In order to create a culture of data sharing, these and other concerns need to be addressed.