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



July 25, 2018

"The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


April 30, 2018

"Combating Terrorism: National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond"


March 1, 2018

"Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


February 27, 2018

"Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World"


February 9, 2018

Combating Terrorism: Reflections over the Generations


January 31, 2018

National, Regional, and Global Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective


December 19, 2017

Security Challenges in the Balkans: Quo Vadis?


December 7, 2017

Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 20, 2017

Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 13, 2017

Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership


October 31, 2017

Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?


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"


Additional past events 



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

by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig