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The Executive Certificate Program in Counter-Terrorism Studies
This course will explore the phenomena of modern and post-modern terrorism, including definitions, the connections between terrorism, media and public opinion, and specific modus operandi, such as suicide terrorism and non-conventional terrorism. It will also include: intelligence, offensive and defensive measures, deterrence, punitive and legal measures and international cooperation.
The course will deal with the financing of terror organizations and Global Jihad in three parts: The nature of the threat and the sources of financing (independent, state-sponsors of terrorism, charitable organizations, crime). The course will also examine financing from the viewpoint of the terror organizations - religious law authorization and fundraising efforts in a hostile and changing environment (the counter-financing campaign). Also presentation of test cases and their analysis - Hizballah, Global Jihad.
The course will deal with current and future trends and patterns in terrorism, as well as levels of cooperation between police, military and civilian agencies, intelligence analysis and dissemination, preparing for CBRN terrorism and terrorist exploitation of the internet and other media.
This course will explore important comcepts for understanding terrorism, such as ideology, strategy, and group dynamics. The course will then examine the histories and current trajectories of several leading groups like the Islamic State and Hezbollah. The final section of the course assesses the strengths and weaknesses of various counter-terrorism instruments, ranging from drones to efforts to counter violent extremism.
This course examines the nexus of terrorism, counterterrorism and homeland security. It is intended to acquaint students with the dynamics, policy options, and challenges involved in countering terrorism and defending the homeland and by doing so, to establish a solid foundation upon which further expertise can be built. The course will include among others, the following issues: “Where do we stand against Al Qaeda", “Do-It-Yourself Terrorism: Countering Homegrown Terrorism in the United States and Europe”, “Dilemmas in Homeland Security Policy: Transportation, Aviation and Maritime Terrorism” and “Post-Modern Terrorism: Assessing the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism”.