September 11, 2017


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



As we mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11, is the worst yet to come? Will al-Qa’ida and its expanding network continue to threaten global security concerns? And what are the prospects of the U.S. and its allies to ultimately defeat al-Qa’ida as well as other terrorist actors, such as Daesh and the Taliban?




A panel with extensive government and academic experience will consider these issues and provide recommendations for comprehensive response strategies focusing on legal, law enforcement, intelligence, diplomatic, and military measures.




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



Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann (Ret.)

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain, and Afghanistan; currently President, American Academy of Diplomacy


Dr. Wayne H. Zaideman

Former FBI Legal Attaché in the Middle East


Dr. Mir Sadat

Policy Strategist, Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy; formerly Professor of National Security and Foreign Policy, National Intelligence University


Professor Don Wallace, Jr.

Chairman, International Law Institute         


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