ICTS Events

  • Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership" November 13, 2017 Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Czech Republic in 1993, both countries have created common approaches to address multiple challenges nationally, regionally, and globally. Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek provided a unique assessment of the nature of this strategic partnership, including a discussion on security concerns (e.g., NATO, Syria) as well as promoting economic…

  • Combating Terrorism: National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES   20th Annual Event on "Combating Terrorism: National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond" April 30, 2018   Terrorism by state and non-state actors poses threats to individuals, communities, nations and perhaps even to the very survival of civilization itself. The potential political, social, economic, and strategic costs are likely to grow if we do not learn the historical lessons…

  • Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" March 1, 2018   The Balkans remain vulnerable to several security concerns, including organized crime, terrorism, the refugee crisis, political turmoil as well as social and economic instability. The purpose of this seminar was to present an updated assessment of the current and future security challenges and to offer response strategies from within and without the region.…

  • Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World" February 27, 2018 Since the 1970s, the theories of punctuated equilibria and multiplier effect have been gaining importance and significance, including to militaries around the world. Developed versions adapted to complex societies may be considered one of the most promising and strategic avenues of research in social sciences. These two theoretical tools offer a way…

  • Combating Terrorism: Reflections over the Generations

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Combating Terrorism: Reflections over the Generations" Conversation with Ambassador (Ret.) Gustavo de Aristegui February 9, 2018 Gustavo de Aristegui was born on June 6, 1963 in a diplomatic family – father, two uncles, grandfather, and great-great uncle were all diplomats. He studied Law at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) and then spent a year in the Spanish Diplomatic Academy. He served in the European Division, in the Africa…

  • National, Regional, and Global Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "National, Regional, and Global Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective" with Yoram Schweitzer January 31, 2018 Since the establishment of the State of Israel nearly seventy years ago, it has continuously faced terrorism threats from state and non-state actors both at home and abroad. What are Israel’s counterterrorism lessons within the context of broader regional and global challenges? Unique insights on these and related security concerns…

  • Security Challenges in the Balkans: Quo Vadis?

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Security Challenges in the Balkans: Quo Vadis" December 19, 2017 According to official and academic assessments, the Balkans remain vulnerable to several security concerns, including organized crime, Islamic terrorism, the refugee crisis, political turmoil, and economic instability. The purpose of this seminar is to review past lessons, consider future outlooks, and offer response strategies on national, regional, and global levels. Opening remarks were made…

  • Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership" December 7, 2017 The November 24, 2017 massacre on defenseless worshipers in a Sinai mosque is another sober reminder that Egypt continues to confront terrorist groups that conduct deadly attacks on civilians as well as government, police, and military targets throughout the country. These security concerns also have significant international strategic implications. In the face of these challenges, a key element…

  • Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership" November 20, 2017 Spain’s role as a member of the UN, EU, and NATO as well as its strategic partnership with the U.S. has significant security implications regionally and globally. Ambassador Pedro Morenés, a former Minister of Defense, discussed the nature of these relationships and their future outlook. The Ambassador's Forum was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director, Inter-University Center for…

  • Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?" October 31, 2017 The political, social, economic, and strategic implications of the contemporary evolving trend of separatism in the name of self-determination is an emerging security concern nationally, regionally, and globally. The question is whether ethnic, racial, religious, and national movements seeking to establish distinct independent entities within their own homelands by various means will be forces…

  • Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond" September 11, 2017 As we marked the 16th anniversary of 9/11, is the worst yet to come? Will al-Qa’ida and its expanding network continue to threaten global security concerns? And what are the prospects of the U.S. and its allies to ultimately defeat al-Qa’ida as well as other terrorist actors, such as Daesh and the Taliban? A panel with…

  • Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies" August 24, 2017 Biological security concerns are a permanent fixture of history, ranging from Mother Nature’s infectious diseases to man-made threats. Recent epidemics, such as Ebola and Zika, and the potential dangers of biological terrorism urgently need to be addressed through international partnerships to reduce the gravest health risks at home and abroad. Experts with governmental, inter-governmental, and…

  • The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism

    INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TERRORISM STUDIES AT POTOMAC INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES "The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism" June 29, 2017   From the dawn of history, diplomacy has been utilized as a statecraft during war and peace periods. Is this traditional tool currently sufficient to combat terrorism at home and abroad? These and related topics, such as attacks against diplomats and their missions as well as “best practices” responses to radicalization and violence, were discussed…

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