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"European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies:

Quo Vadis?"

June 9, 2017

The latest attacks in the UK, France, and elsewhere have once again focused the world's attention on terrorism nationally, regionally, and globally. Moreover, in the aftermath of President Trump’s first foreign trip as well as his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate, what are the likely directions for U.S. and European counter-terrorism strategies in the short and long terms? Will “America First” and “Europe First” priorities dominate future policies and actions or will a reset of multilateral cooperation to combat terrorism emerge between the allies? These and related challenges and opportunities were discussed by European and American experts.

Opening remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corp and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: Michael Whine MBE, UK Member of the European Commission against Racism & Intolerance (ECRI), Council of Europe; Erik Brattberg, Director of Europe Program and a Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Dr. Aude Jehan-Robert, Nonresident Senior Fellow and former French Embassy Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Ralf Lesser, LL.M., German Liaison Officer to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

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"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"

May 24, 2017

 

In view of President Trump’s Middle East policies and actions during the first hundred days of his administration and in the aftermath of the president’s first foreign trip, including to Saudi Arabia and Israel, is a new regional strategic order emerging? An assessment of this potential direction was discussed by a panel of experts with government and academic experience.

Opening remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corp and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: Ambassador (Ret.) Gerald M. Fierstein, Director of the Center for Gulf Affairs, Middle East Institute and former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs and Ambassador to Yemen; Barbara Slavin, acting director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor.com; Dr. Nimrod Raphael, Emeritus Senior Analyst and editor of the Economic Blog at the Middle East Media Research Institute; and Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman of the International Law Institute.

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"Terrorism and the Media:

Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"

 

April 20, 2017

 

The role of the press in reporting on terrorism has been under public debate for decades. Many issues have been considered, including whether the media encourages terrorism and whether governments should prevent the press from covering terrorism in the "name of security." These and related questions regarding the role of the media in the evolving so-called "post-truth era" and the social media "revolution" were discussed by government officials, journalists, and academics. The panel offered policy recommendations for the new U.S. administration and the international community.

Opening remarks were provided by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corp and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents, at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: Professor Mark Feldstein, Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism at the University of MarylandJennifer Rubin, The Washington PostThomas Frank, investigative reporter at CNNZdeněk Beránek, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Czech Republic; and Professor Shireen Hunter, Research professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Closing remark were also given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.).

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"Security Challenges in Africa:

Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"

April 13, 2017

Since 9/11, a disturbing trend of security challenges in Africa, including terrorism, civil wars, epidemics, famines, and refugee crises, have created grave regional and global strategic implications. A review of 2016 and early 2017 demonstrate that this trend is becoming far more dangerous than ever before.  A panel of current and former government officials and scholars provided threat assessments as well as offered recommendations on how the U.S. and the international community can meet these growing challenges.

Opening remarks were given Professor Don Wallace, Jr.Chairman of the International Law Institute. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah AlexanderDirector of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: 

Dr. Benjamin Nickels, Associate Professor and Academic Chair, Transnational Threats and Counterterrorism, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Wafa Bughaighis, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Libya; Jennifer Cooke, Director, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Dr. Scott Savran, former professor at Virginia Tech and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan and currently conducting research on early Islam; Professor Peter K. Forster, Associate Dean for Online and Professional Education at Pennsylvania State University and co-chair of the NATO/OSCE Partnership for Peace Consortium Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG). Closing remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.)Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

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"Preventing WMD Terrorism:

Past Lessons and Future Outlook"

 

March 23, 2017

Bill Gates recently warned world leaders at the Munich Conference of security threats from bioterrorism. Coupled with chemical, radiological, and nuclear dangers, we are in the midst of an age of “super terrorism.” In the face of this growing reality, a panel of experts assessed past lessons, identified potential concerns, and provided recommendations for the new U.S. administration and the international community to prevent, deter, and mitigate mass destruction challenges.

Opening remarks were given Michael S. SwetnamCEO and Chairman of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah AlexanderDirector of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: Dr. Rita ColwellDistinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Senior Fellow at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Susan Coller-MonarezDeputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Analysis, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Richard WeitzSenior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute; Kyle OlsonPresident of The Olson Group, Ltd and a consultant to the public and private sectors on arms control issues such as chemical terrorism challenges; and The Hon. Tevi Troy, PhDCEO of the American Health Policy Institute, former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and author of Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office. Closing remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.)Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

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