From the International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies:

A Special Seminar on

"Terrorism Captives: Tactical, Legal, and Strategic Implications"

Kidnapping and hostage taking by state and non-state actors constitute a permanent fixture of terrorist tactics that is attractive and effective. The latest media focus on American and foreign captives in Iran, Syria, and elsewhere provides an opportunity to assess the historical lessons learned, anticipate future challenges, and recommend "best practices" response strategies on national, regional, and global levels.

These topics and related concerns such as piracy, hijacking, negotiations, ransom, and military rescue missions were discussed by former and current officials and academics. 

This event hosted several distinguished speakers:

Professor Don Wallace Jr, Chairman of the International Law Institute
Professor Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Ambassador (Ret.) Edward Marks,Former U.S. Department of State Deputy Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and Director, Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation
Dr. Wayne H. Zaideman, Former FBI Legal Attaché in the Middle East
Ifat Reshef, Minister for Middle Eastern and Counter-Terrorism Affairs, Embassy of Israel
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman, Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council and Business Executives for National Security
General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps; Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

For more information on the International Center for Terrorism Studies, please visit their website

You can view a video of this seminar on CSPAN or watch it here



The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Ballston Metro Center Office Towers
901 North Stuart Street, Suite 1200
Arlington, VA 22203
Tel 703.525.0770

Click here for map  

Our Mission

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.


Follow Us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter Connect with us on LinkedIn  See us on YouTube