"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 by former U.S. ambassadors with extensive international experience.

Opening remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps as well as 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 the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of Ambassador (Ret.) Charles A. Ray, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe, and Ambassador (Ret.) Jo Ellen Powell, former career member of the United States Foreign Service who served as Consul General in Frankfurt, Germany and ambassador to Mauritania. Closing remarks were given my General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.). 

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