The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a panel discussion, "Combating Olympic Terrorism:  National and International Lessons," on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.  Panelists addressed concerns over the safety of the London Olympics, asking whether the lessons drawn from previous Games will suffice to prevent or mitigate potential terrorist threats. The panel discussed several security issues, including intelligence, law enforcement, legal aspects, economic costs, media coverage and international implications.  Click below to watch video of the event. Click on the attachment to read a summary of the event.

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith (Ret.) is the Director of the Potomac Institute Cyber Center.  He is a cyber security and cyber policy analyst, a former US arms negotiator, and an expert on Russian cyber capabilities.  Amb. Smith will be a featured speaker at the July 19 US Cybersecurity Threats and Responses Conference, hosted by the American Foreign Policy Council, at the Rayburn House Office Building. His talk will be entitled "The Russian Cyber Threat to US National Security."  Click here for more information.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies held a special panel discussion, Middle East Security and the Changing International Partnership, on June 28, 2012, at The National Press Club in Washington, DC.  Co-sponsors of this event were B'nai B'rith International, the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies at the International Law Institute.  Panelists examined the unfolding security challenges in the Middle East, including uncertainties in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, civil war in Syria, and Iran's nuclear ambitions. Click below to watch a video of the event.

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a luncheon panel discussion, "Al-Qa'ida: Quo Vadis?" on Monday, April 30. The death of Usama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, signified a major milestone for the United States and the international community’s war against terrorism.  On the first anniversary of “Operation Neptune Spear,” an assessment of short- and long-term strategic and tactical lessons learned was offered by a team of experts who have been studying and combating al-Qa’ida for the past twenty years. Click below to watch archived webcast video of the event, or click here to watch C-SPAN coverage of the event..

Please note: The views of guest speakers are the speakers' alone and do not represent the views of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies or its staff.  The Potomac Institute is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to the free exchange of ideas for the purpose of informing public policy.

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 Potomac Institute for Policy Studies was pleased to present a briefing by Major General John A. Toolan, Jr., USMC, Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), on Monday, April 23.  This event was part of the USMC Returning Commander speaker series. MajGen Toolan recently completed a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. Under his leadership, Marines and coalition forces supported NATO and ISAF efforts in Afghanistan. Click below to watch a video of the program.

Please note: The views of guest speakers are the speakers' alone and do not represent the views of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies or its staff.  The Potomac Institute is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organization dedicated to the free exchange of ideas for the purpose of informing public policy.

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