A Diplomatic Forum

"Combating Terrorism:
Lessons from the Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel, and Beyond"



Since 9/11, security challenges with grave global implications have emerged in the Middle East, Africa, and other regions. Terrorists networks, particularly al-Qa’ida and the newly-formed Daesh, are expanding their deadly operations across an arc of instability that exists without borders.

In the aftermath of the latest attacks in Brussels, Istanbul, and California, the key question is whether there are any short and long-term strategic policies and actions that can more effectively combat multiple threats to a functioning system of world order.

These and related topics such as the role of America, the European community, NATO, the Arab League, the African Union, and other actors were discussed by experts with extensive government, diplomatic, and academic experience.


Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Place: The National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Holeman Lounge
Washington, D.C. 20045

Opening Remarks:
Michael S. Swetnam
CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

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

Keynote Speaker:
General William E. (Kip) Ward, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Deputy Commander, United States European Command. Currently, President and COO of SENTEL Corp.

Wafa Bughaighis
Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Libya

Moez Mahmoudi
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Tunisia

Dr. Alaa Abdalaziz
Political Counselor, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the U.S.
Former Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Syria (2012-2014)

Professor Mohammed Benhammou
President, Moroccan Center for Strategic Studies

Closing Remarks:
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

The link to the C-SPAN video can be found here.