Terrorism and Counterterrorism [2945]

Examine the dangers and varieties of terrorism and assess effective counterterrorist responses.

GeorgetownX: GUIX-501-01X Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Course Code:GUIX-501-01x
Classes Start:1 Oct 2014
Course Length:8 weeks
Estimated effort:8-10 hours/week

About this Course

Terrorism has gone from a persistent yet marginal security concern to one of the most important security problems of our day: indeed, there are few countries that do not suffer from some form of terrorism. Though many terrorist attempts fail, some groups wage lengthy and bloody campaigns and, in exceptional cases, kill hundreds or even thousands in pursuit of their ends.

Course topics include the nuances involved in defining terrorism, the nature of Al Qaeda, Hamas, and other important groups, the effectiveness of different counterterrorism tools like detention and military force, linkages (or the lack thereof) between terrorism and world religions like Islam, terrorist recruiting, counterterrorism and the rule of law, the political context in South Asia and the Middle East, and emerging issues like cyber-terrorism.


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Course Staff

  • Daniel Byman

    Daniel Byman

    Dr. Daniel Byman is a Professor at Georgetown University's Security Studies Program and the Research Director of the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy. Dr. Byman served as a Professional Staff Member with the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States and the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. He also worked as the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation and as a Middle East analyst for the U.S. intelligence community. Dr. Byman received his B.A. in religion from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
  • Jonathan Brown

    Jonathan Brown

    Dr. Jonathan Brown is a Professor in Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law, and published several books and articles on the Hadith, Islamic law, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry. Dr. Brown's current research interests include the history of forgery and historical criticism in Islamic civilization, comparison with the Western tradition; and modern conflicts between Late Sunni Traditionalism and Salafism in Islamic thought. Dr. Brown received his B.A. in history from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in near eastern languages and civilizations from the University of Chicago.
  • Laura K. Donahue

    Laura K. Donahue

    A Professor at Georgetown Law and Faculty Affiliate of Georgetown's Center on National Security & Law, Laura Donohue specializes in national security and counterterrorism law in the United States and United Kingdom. Professor Donohue is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisory Board Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  She formerly clerked for Judge John T. Noonan, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She obtained her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her M.A. from the University of Ulster, her J.D. from Stanford Law School, and her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.
  • John Esposito

    John Esposito

    Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, John Esposito specializes in Islamic studies, religion, and international affairs as a Professor at Georgetown University. Esposito's research is published in more than 45 books and monographs, translated into over 35 languages. Esposito currently serves as Vice President and President Elect of the American Academy of Religion, a member of the E. C. European Network of Experts on De-Radicalisation, the board of C-1 World Dialogue, an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and Series Editor among several other Oxford publications on Islamic Studies.
  • Christine Fair

    Christine Fair

    A Professor at Georgetown University's Security Studies Program, Christine Fair specializes in South Asian security issues. Fair is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Women in International Security, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, and Combating Terrorism Center. She serves on several editorial boards such as Small Wars and Insurgencies and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Fair formerly served as a Senior Political Scientist at RAND, a Political Officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, and as a Senior Research Associate in USIP's Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention. Fair received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago.
  • Bruce Hoffman

    Bruce Hoffman

    Bruce Hoffman is a Professor and Director of both the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Professor Hoffman is currently a member of the National Security Preparedness Group; a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center; a Visiting Professor at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism and Nanyang Technological University; and serves in various editing capacities at The National Interest, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and the Columbia University Press Series on Terrorism and Irregular Warfare.  Hoffman was awarded the United States Intelligence Community Seal Medallion in 1994 from the Director of Central Intelligence. 
  • David Koplow

    David Koplow

    A Georgetown Law faculty member since 1981, David Koplow specializes in the areas of public international law, national security law, and the intersection between international law and U.S. constitutional law. Koplow also heads the Center for Applied Legal Studies, where students provide pro bono representation to refugees seeking U.S. asylum.  Koplow served as Special Counsel for Arms Control to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2011); Deputy General Counsel for International Affairs at the Department of Defense (1997-1999); and as Attorney-Advisor and Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (1978-1981).  A Rhodes scholar, Koplow graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.
  • Fathali M. Moghaddam

    Fathali M. Moghaddam

    Fathali M. Moghaddam is a Psychology Professor and the director of the Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University. Moghaddam was born in Iran, educated from an early age in England, and worked for the United Nations and McGill University before joining Georgetown University in 1990. He has published extensively on radicalization, intergroup conflict, human rights and duties, and the psychology of globalization. Moghaddam is the next editor of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, and he has received a number of recognitions for his scholarly contributions, the most recent being the Outstanding International Psychologist Award for 2012 from the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology. 
  • Paul Pillar

    Paul Pillar

    In 2005, Paul Pillar retired after a 28-year intelligence career in positions such as National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia; Chief of Analytic Units at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); an original member of the National Intelligence Council’s Analytic Group; Executive Assistant to CIA's Deputy Director for Intelligence; Executive Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster; and Head of Assessments and Information Group and Deputy Chief of the DCI Counterterrorist Center. Pillar is a retired officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and a core faculty member at Georgetown University Security Studies Program. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. from Princeton University.



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