A panel of experts with experience in legal, military, diplomatic and academic experience recently reviewed security challenges resulting from the most recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, as well as from Olympics dating back to Munich.

Video of the event is available on C-Span and can be viewed here.

The Potomac Institute co-hosted the event that reviewed cyber and physical challenges, as well as the unique legal framework and changes made for this Olympics.

Speakers included:

  • Thomas M. Hastings, Former official at the Office of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State and at the FBI’s Foreign and Domestic Emergency Support Team programs; Coordinated USG support at the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games
  • Dr. Ariel Cohen, Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy, The Heritage Foundation
  • Peter Roudik,  Director, Global Legal Research Center, Law Library of Congress
  • Professor Ellen M. Zavian, Professor of Sports Law, George Washington University; President of EZ Negotiation Institute
  • Professor Bradley S. Shear, Adjunct Professor in the MBA program at The George Washington University and member of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society’s Online Media Legal Network

Professor Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, moderated the event.