February 23, 2017


19th Annual Event on

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism:

Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


The year 2016 represents one of the most troubling security challenges since 9/11. The human, political, economic, and strategic global costs will continue to grow in 2017 without more effective international cooperation.

A distinguished panel of experts discussed a wide range of related topics from the shifting security environment to “best practices” recommendations for the new U.S. administration and its partners abroad.



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        






Governor James S. Gilmore, III


Served as the 68th governor of Virginia. From 1999 to 2003, he chaired the Congressional Panel, known as the "Gilmore Commission," that assessed America’s capabilities to respond to a terrorist attack




Ambassador (ret.) Robert Hunter


Former National Security Council Director of West European and Middle East Affairs and United States Ambassador to NATO. Currently, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS




Brigadier General David G. Reist, USMC (Ret.)


Operation Iraqi Freedom, Deputy Commanding General for Governance and Economics in Anbar Province (2006-2007)




The Honorable Bijan R. Kian


Highest ranking Iranian-American to serve three U.S. presidents and also was the Deputy Lead on the Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Community Landing Team on the Presidential Transition Team from November 2016 to January 2017




Dr. David Ottaway


Former Foreign Correspondent, The Washington Post. Currently, Middle East Fellow, The Wilson Center




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


IUCTS Highlights



May 20, 2019

"Jerusalem and Washington: A Life in Politics and Diplomacy” with Ambassador Zalman Shoval"


May 14, 2019

"The Role of Diplomacy in the World's Future"


April 30, 2019

"The Current State of American Diplomacy and Future Outlook"


March 28, 2019

"Biological Terrorism: International Dimensions"


Additional past events 



The Jerusalem Post on July 13, 2019:

"Establish a chemical and biological WMD Free Zone in the Middle East Now"

By Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig


The Times of Israel
on January 25, 2019: "There's good reason to fear Iran's global reach" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig


The Times of Israel on September 26, 2018: "The battle for the new Syria"

by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig