March 23, 2017


"Preventing WMD Terrorism:

Past Lessons and Future Outlook"




Bill Gates recently warned world leaders at the Munich Conference of security threats from bioterrorism. Also, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has just reported that its 2017 “doomsday clock” is “two and a half minutes to midnight.” 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 will assess past lessons, identify potential concerns, and provide recommendations for the new U.S. administration and the international community to prevent, deter, and mitigate mass destruction challenges.



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         






Dr. Rita Colwell


Distinguished 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 Monarez


Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Analysis, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security




Dr. Richard Weitz


Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute




Kyle Olson


President, The Olson Group, Ltd. He is a consultant to the public and private sectors on arms control issues such as chemical terrorism challenges




The Hon. Tevi Troy, PhD


CEO, American Health Policy Institute. Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Author, Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office




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