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




September 11, 2017

Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond


August 24, 2017

Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies


June 29, 2017

The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism


June 9, 2017

European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?


May 24, 2017

"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"


April 20, 2017

"Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"


April 13, 2017

"Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


March 23, 2017

"Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" 


February 23, 2017

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


December 16, 2016

"Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era"


November 21, 2016

"Middle East Strategic Outlook: Regional and Global Implications"


October 31, 2016

"NATO: Post Warsaw Agenda"


October 14, 2016

"The Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


Additional past events 



Jerusalem Post on September 16, 2017: "Stop the 'Iranization' of Syria" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig