April 13, 2017


"Security Challenges in Africa:

Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"

This event video can be viewed at USTREAM.


Since 9/11, a disturbing trend of security challenges in Africa, including terrorism, civil wars, epidemics, famines, and refugee crises, have created grave regional and global strategic implications. A review of 2016 and early 2017 demonstrate that this trend is becoming far more dangerous than ever before.  


A panel of current and former government officials and scholars provided threat assessments as well as offered recommendations on how the U.S. and the international community can meet these growing challenges. 



Opening Remarks:       

Professor Don Wallace, Jr.

Chairman, International Law Institute      



Professor Yonah Alexander

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



Dr. Benjamin Nickels

Associate Professor and Academic Chair, Transnational Threats and Counterterrorism, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University


Wafa Bughaighis

Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Libya


Jennifer Cooke

Director, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Dr. Scott Savran

Former professor at Virginia Tech and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. Currently conducting research on early Islam


Professor Peter K. Forster

Associate Dean for Online and Professional Education at Pennsylvania State University; and co-chair of the NATO/OSCE Partnership for Peace Consortium Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG)


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