Maritime security is at the heart of the U.S. economy and critical to its military concerns.  Piracy and terrorism on the high seas challenge freedom of navigation and the safety interests of global commerce.  Government officials and private experts will assess current and future threats and discuss American and international response strategies in the maritime environment.

Panels

I. An Overview

II. U.S. Response

III. Industry Reponse

IV. International Response


Diplomatic Security: Past Lessons and Future Outlook

The latest turmoil and violence in the Muslim world and elsewhere underscores the vulnerability of the facilities, personnel, and operations of diplomatic missions. The panel of practitioners and academics will discuss the historical lessons and the future outlook of diplomatic security for the United States and the broader international community

Panelists

Ambassador (ret.) Charles Ray - Former U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe and Cambodia

Danielle Pletka - Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Eric Trager - Next Generation Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Dr. Judith Yaphe - Distinguished Research Fellow for the Middle East,

Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

 

Inevitable Last Resort: Syria or Iran First

Does the expanding civil war in Syria and its grave humanitarian crisis call for immediate international intervention? Will Iran’s potential crossing of a nuclear weapon “red line” inevitably trigger unilateral or multilateral military strikes? Can diplomacy still offer urgent “honorable exit” options and avoid “doomsday” scenarios in the Middle East? These and related issues are discussed by both practitioners and observers with extensive experience in the region.

Panelists

Ambassador (ret.) James F. Jeffrey, Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Turkey; Visiting Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Barbara Slavin, Senior Fellow, South-Asia Center, The Atlantic Council; Author of “Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation”

Ambassador (ret.) Theodore Kattouf, Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria; President and CEO, AMIDEAST

Combating Olympic Terrorism: National and International Lessons

Concerns over the safety of the upcoming London Olympics are reported daily. Will the lessons drawing from previous Games suffice to prevent or mitigate potential terrorist threats? A panel of experts discusses several security issues, including intelligence, law enforcement, legal aspects, economic costs, media coverage and international implications.

Panelists

Hubert Williams, President of the Police Foundation

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Director, Center for the Study of Terrorist Radicalization, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Ellen M. Zavian, Professor of Sports Law, George Washington University

Dan Raviv, Washington-Based National Correspondent, CBS News; Host, CBS News Weekend Roundup

Middle East Security and the Changing Trans-Atlantic Partnership

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a panel discussion, Middle East Security and the Changing Trans-Atlantic Partnership, on Thursday, June 28th, at the National Press Club.  Co-sponsors of this program included B'nai B'rith International the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute. Panelists included: Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President, B'nai B'rith International; Professor Ruth Wedgwood, Director of International Law and Organizational Programs, SAIS; Dr. Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Political-Military Analysis, Hudson Institute; Bruce Weinrod, Former Secretary of Defense Representative for Europe and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy; Miles Pomper, Senior Research Associate, Monterey Institute of International Studies, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies; Michael Eisenstadt, Director, Military and Security Studies Program, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Jeremy Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affarirs, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; Derrick Busse, CDR USN (ret.), Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; and Brigadier General David Reist, USMC (ret.), Vice President of Strategy and Planning, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

 

Al-Qa'ida: Quo Vadis (Marking the First Anniversary of "Operation Neptune Spear")

Terrorism Studies hosted a panel discussion, Al-Qa'ida Quo Vadis (Marking the First Anniversary of "Operation Neptune Spear"), on Monday, April 30, at the Institute.  Co-sponsors of this program included the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute. Panelists included: Opening Remarks by Mike S. Swetnam, CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander, Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Matthew Levitt, Director, Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, B.Gen Dave Reist, USMC (ret.), Formerly Marine Corps. Command and Staff Assignments (e.g. operation Iraqi Freedom), Prof. Shireen Hunter, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, and Distinguished Scholar, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mary R. Habeck, Associate Professor of Strategic Studies, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Dr. Thomas F. Lynch III, Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Closing Remarks were provided by Prof. Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute

Nigeria and the al-Qa'ida Challenge: National Regional, and Global Implications

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a panel discussion, Nigeria and the al-Qa'ida Challenge: National, Regional and Global Implications, on Friday, March 23, at the Institute.  Co-sponsors of this program included the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute. Panelists included: Ambassador Zango A. Abdu. Minister of Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Augustine (Gus) Fahey, Senior Nigeria Desk Officer, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Prof. Osita Ogbu, Visiting Fellow, Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution, and Former Economic Advisor to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and CEO, National Planning Commission (Minister of Planning); Jennifer G. Cooke, Director, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Prof. Gwendolyn Mikell Professor of Anthropology and Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Closing Remarks were provided by Prof. Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute

ICTS Year End Event: 2012 Annual Terrorism Review

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a seminar, International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2011 and Outlook for 2012, on Thursday, February 2, from 2-4 pm, in the National Press Club's Holeman Lounge. This is the fourteenth in a series of annual ICTS events highlighting developments in the field of counterterrorism. Co-sponsors included the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and the International Law Institute's Inter-University Center for Legal Studies. Speakers included Michael S. Swetnam, Chairman and CEO of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies, and Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; The Honorable Charles E. Allen, Former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Collection, Central Intelligence Agency ; Dan Rosen, Director, Plans and Policy, Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State; Ambassador Arun K. Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India; The Honorable Timur Soylemez, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Turkey; and Mahmoud Hmoud, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

ICTS Symposium: Iran's Nuclear Program

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies presented a panel discussion, Iran's Nuclear Program: A Final Warning?, on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The program examined ways in which the Iranian challenge to the international community is expanding daily. Panelists explored whether Tehran, under new diplomatic and economic pressures, will finally relinquish its nuclear ambitions before a doomsday scenario occurs, as well as the short- and long-term outlook including WMD ambiguities, sanctions' impact, "covert war" against Iran, and regional and global "unintended consequences."

ICTS Seminar: Protests, Riots and Terrorism: A View from the UK and Europe

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies was pleased to host a seminar, Protests, Riots and Terrorism: A View from the UK and Europe, with special guest Prof. Eric Moonman, University of London and Former Member of Parliament (Labor), on Monday, November 7. Co-sponsors of this event include the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, the Inter-Parliamentary Council for Combating Terrorism, The United States Association of Former Members of Congress,  and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute.

ICTS Symposium: The Arab Spring

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies held a panel discussion, Arab Spring Assessment: Political, Social, Economic and Strategic Perspectives, on Tuesday, October 18. Speakers included BGen. David G. Reist, USMC (Ret.), Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Ambassador Dr. Hussein Hassouna, Chief Representative of the League of Arab States to the U.S.; Hon. P.J. Crowley, Omar Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law; and former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Dr. Robert Satloff, Executive Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Dr. Judith Yaphe, National Defense University; and Dr. Gönül Tol, Director, Center for Turkish Studies, and Scholar-in-Residence, Middle East Institute.

ICTS Symposium: The UN and Palestinian Statehood

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a panel discussion, UN-Palestinian Statehood: Political, Legal, Social, Economic and Strategic Perspectives, on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Co-sponsors of this event included the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute.

ICTS Symposium: Was Killing bin Laden Legal?

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies held a panel discussion, Cutting Through the 'Fog of Law': Was Killing bin Laden an Illegal Extrajudicial Execution, a War Crime, or a Lawful Act During Armed Conflict? on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Co-sponsors of this event included the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute, the Center for National Security Law of the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Center for Terrorism Law of the St. Mary's University School of Law.

Kazakhstan-US Strategic Partnership: Past Experience and Future Outlook

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies'  International Center for Terrorism Studies  presented an Ambassadors' Forum Luncheon with Kazakhstan's Ambassador to the US, Erlan Idrissov, on the Kazakhstan-US Strategic Partnership: Past Experience and Future Outlook, Monday, June 20

Georgia-US Strategic Partnership: Past Experience and Future Outlook

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies held an Ambassadors' Forum Luncheon with Georgia's Ambassador to the US, Temuri Yakobashvili, on the Georgia-US Strategic Partnership: Past Experience and Future Outlook, Thursday, May 19. Co-sponsors of this event included the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute.  The Ambassador is known as the architect of Georgia's "engagement strategy" for improving relations between Georgia and the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are under Russian occupation. 

The Emerging New Middle East and State-Sponsored Terrorism: A Dilemma for Policymakers

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a panel discussion,  "The Emerging New Middle East and State-Sponsored Terrorism: A Dilemma for Policymakers," on Friday, April 15, from  12-2 pm, at the Institute.  A distinguished panel, including Margaret Nardi, Keith J. Stalder, Terence Taylor, and Stephen Larrabee discussed the dangers of state-sponsored terrorism and what political, social, economic, and military options are available to the international community to reduce conventional and unconventional risks in a Middle East that is currently in turmoil. 

Seminar: The New Middle East: Quo Vadis?

The International Center for Terrorism Studies of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies presented a timely symposium: The New Middle East: Quo Vadis?  on Tuesday, February 8. Panelists addressed the eruption of political turmoil in the Middle East, as well as regional and international implications of the unrest.  The program was co-sponsored by the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies and  the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies, International Law Institute.

Terrorism: Review of 2010 and Outlook for 2011

 The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies' annual review seminar, Terrorism: Review of 2010 and Outlook for 2011, was held on January 31, 2011 at the National Press Club and was carried live on C-SPAN. Speakers included Potomac Institute CEO Michael Swetnam, ICTS Director Prof. Yonah Alexander, Hon. Charles Allen, Ambassador D. Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo of Spain, Ambassador Aziz Mekouar of Morocco, Potomac Institute Senior Fellow Daniel Gallington, Esq, and Prof. Don Wallace, Esq. of the International Law Institute.

Al-Qaida: Quo Vadis? Nine Years after 9/11

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies presented a special Seminar, Al-Qaida: Quo Vadis? Nine Years after 9/11 at the Institute at noon on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. The event was co-sponsored by the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International La,w Institute, and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies. Panelists included Michael Swetnam, CEO and Chairman, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director, ICTS and Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies; Philip Mudd, Former Deputy Director - National Security Branch of FBI, Former Deputy Director, CIA Counterterrorist Center,and Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; Charles Allen, Former Assistant Director of National Intelligence and former Under Secretary for National Intelligence, DHS; Prof. Paul Pillar, Former National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia, CIA, and Faculty member, Georgetown University Security Studies Program; and Steven Simon, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, and Visiting Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Princeton University. 

The Next Middle East Wars: Lebanon, Gaza and Iran?

The International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies presented a special Luncheon Seminar, The Next Middle East Wars: Lebanon, Gaza and Iran? at noon on Wednesday, August 18. Panelists  included Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director of ICTS; Amb. Theodore Kattouff (Ret.), Former US Ambassador to Syria and President and CEO, AMIDEAST; Dr. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle East Affairs, Congressional Research Service; and Dr. Patrick Clawson, Deputy Director for Research, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The event was co-sponsored by the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies of the International Law Institute, and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies' International Center for Terrorism Studies. 

IUCTS Highlights

Seminars

 

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 

Op-ed

 

The Times of Israel on May 19, 2017: "President Trump's ecumenical diplomacy" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Sharon Layani