April 20, 2017


Terrorism and the Media:

Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public


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“Terrorism and the Media:

 Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public”


 The role of the press in reporting on terrorism has been under public debate for decades. Many issues have been considered, including whether the media encourages terrorism and whether governments should prevent the press from covering terrorism in the "name of security."


These and related questions regarding the role of the media in the evolving so-called "post-truth era" and the social media "revolution" will be discussed by government officials, journalists, and academics. The panel will offer policy recommendations for the new U.S. administration and the international community.





Opening 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



Professor Yonah Alexander

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



Professor Mark Feldstein

Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism, University of Maryland. He spent 20 years as an award-winning investigative reporter at CNN, ABC News, NBC News, and other stations


Jennifer Rubin

The Washington Post


Thomas Frank

Investigative reporter at CNN and has spent 32 years as a journalist covering issues such as homeland security and the Middle East


Zdeněk Beránek
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Czech Republic


Professor Shireen Hunter

Research professor at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

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