November 21, 2016


"Middle East Strategic Outlook:

Regional and Global Implications" 



The current deteriorating Middle East security architecture gravely challenges the international community more than ever before. The lingering crisis of national identities coupled with escalating extremism and violence is resulting in unprecedented social, economic, and strategic costs. These regional calamities require most urgently comprehensive conflict resolution policies and actions by all concerned nations. Most importantly, will the new U.S. administration provide critical global leadership in advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East and beyond? These and related concerns were be discussed by a distinguished panel, including current and former diplomats, military, and academics experts.


Opening remarks were given by Michael S. Swetnam, CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. The panel consisted of: Ambassador (Ret.) Marcelle M. Wahba, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and President of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington D.C.; Ambassador (Ret.) Theodore H. Kattouf former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and other diplomatic appointments elsewhere in the Middle East and President and CEO of AMIDEAST; Cem Ulusoy, Counselor at the Embassy of Turkey, focusing on counter terrorism issues and Iraq; Prasad Nallapati, retired Additional Secretary to the Government of India and, currently, President of the Centre for Asia-Africa Policy Research in India; and Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute. Closing remarks were given by General Alfred Gray, USMC (Ret.), Twenty-Ninth Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and 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