The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Terror on the High Seas: From Piracy to Strategic Challenge, by ICTS Director Prof. Yonah Alexander, PhD, and Tyler B. Richardson, has been honored with a John Lyman Book Award by the North American Society for Oceanic History. NASOH states that the Lyman Award is given "to recognize excellence in the publication of books that make significant contributions to the study and understanding of the maritime and naval history of North America, its lakes, rivers, and adjacent waters." Terror on the High Seas is available on Amazon.com. Click here to access the Amazon listing. For more information about Prof. Alexander, click here.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Tevi Troy, PhD, is a former deputy secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, a writer and consultant on health care and domestic policy, and a presidential and political historian. In the Winter 2012 issue of National Affairs, he writes about the recent politicization of Washington think tanks. Dr. Troy warns that as a result of a phenomenon he describes as “lose an election, gain a think tank," many think tanks are becoming so dominated by one political party or another that they risk losing their value as unbiased sources of solutions to public policy problems. While the Potomac Institute remains avowedly nonpartisan, Dr. Troy writes that some newer think tanks make no bones about the fact that they exist to serve a political purpose. Click here to read the article in full.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Senior Fellow Amb. David Smith, (Ret.), is a former US arms negotiator and a defense, foreign affairs, and international security expert who currently serves as Director of the Georgian Security Analysis Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. In comments to Voice of America on the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union, he recalls the 1991 START treaty. Amb. Smith notes that from the Soviet perspective, the pact represented a way to demonstrate global significance on a par with that of the US. Click here to read and watch.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce that Herbert A. Hunter has joined the Institute as Special Security Officer and Administration Manager. Mr. Hunter has over 25 years of experience in the security field and will oversee various aspects of the Institute's security and administrative operations.
Potomac Institute Executive Vice President and COO Tom O'Leary commented, "We are all very pleased to have someone of Mr. Hunter's experience join our team and we all look forward to working with him."
Mr. Hunter says he is looking forward to being a part of the Potomac Institute. His most recent position was at CACI, as an Information Specialist and SAPCO Administrator supporting DARPA.
Prof. James Giordano, PhD, is Vice President for Academic Programs and Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In the latest post on his blog Neurosecurity, he writes about the ongoing debate over the application of neuroscience and neurotechnology in national security, intelligence and defense (NSID). Prof. Giordano notes that some in the neuroscientific community have called for their colleagues to disavow any involvement in NSID. But he argues that while ethical and moral probity must be maintained, avoidance is not the answer. Prof. Giordano writes, "Thus, I call for some – but certainly not all – neuroscientists and neuroethicists to be actively involved in the discussion and debate, as informed, experienced experts at those tables where guidelines and policies are made, to work proactively to provide lenses and voices to report what neuroscience can and cannot do, and to be participatory in the formulation of directives that shape and govern the ways that neuroS/T should – and should not – be utilized." Click here to read the post in full.
Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Associate Academic Fellow Khatuna Mshvidobadze studies cybersecurity and international relations at the Georgian Security Analysis Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. In an article for the Georgian publication Tabula, she writes about the role of the Internet in Russia's recent Duma elections. Ms. Mshvidobadze observes that although the ruling United Russia party almost certainly hacked into opposition websites as part of an election tampering effort, those efforts weren't sufficient to overcome growing public dissatisfaction with United Russia's dominance, which also found expression in cyberspace. "Despite tough words and practice runs, the Kremlin appears to have underestimated the power of the Internet," she writes. "Many sites were brought down, but news of election fraud flashed around the globe, nonetheless." Click below to read the article in full.
Dr. Tawfik Hamid is Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. In a recent interview with Washington, DC's NBC affiliate WRC-TV, he commented on the guilty plea entered by a Virginia man facing terrorism charges. Ahmad Jubair confessed to making a propaganda video for the radical group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Dr. Hamid viewed the video and offered his assessment to WRC. Click below to watch the report in full.
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- Dr. Alan Moghissi to Testify on Hill November 30
- CETO's Dr. Bill Powers on UAVs
- Prof. James Giordano, PhD, on Neuroweapons
- Institute Fellow Gary Anderson in The Washington Times
- Senior Research Fellow Jamie Barnett Testifies on the Hill
- Senior Fellow David Smith on Security in Cyberspace
- Dr. Tawfik Hamid on Tunisian Elections
- Academic Fellow Ben Sheppard on Fear After 9/11
- "Neuroweapons" Highlighted in Latest Issue of Synesis Journal
- Senior Fellow David Smith on FOX-5 News
- VP of Strategy & Planning David Reist on Iraq Troop Pullout
- ICTS Director Yonah Alexander on FOX-5 News
- Institute's Martin Leppert Advises on Afghan Agribusiness
- Senior Fellow David Smith on Cyber Policy
- Senior Fellow David Smith on Putin's Grip on Power
- Prof. James Giordano on "Conscious" Robots
- Miriam Jackson Named Director of Finance
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