Terrorism and Counterterrorism

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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 the terrorist use of technology.


This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course i...

*Note - This is an Archived 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 the terrorist use of technology.


This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course.

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8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 9 months ago
A very informative balanced and well presented course. Which will provide individuals with an insight into some of the issues faced by current law enforcement and security services. I would recommend this course to anyone who works in this field.
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9/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
I went from thinking terrorism is random act of madmen, to understanding it is a cold calculating tool in an organization's arsenal of weapons. I learned the background to regional conflicts, how organizations network, tactics applied to defeat them, and much more. I think discovering how little I knew on something that is a daily event reinforced the course's value of educating people like me.
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8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
I have been so inspired by the knowledge and understanding I get from this course that I decided to pursue an academic degree on this topic. Great course, perhaps it needs more about what the Europeans are doing on this issue. Highly recommended!
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6/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 10 months ago
I expected to get an academic perspective on what everybody knows about the war on terror. I liked comprehensive reviews of counterrorism problems and issues on the ME and Asia. I disliked scarcely camaflouged partisan positions on the conduct of CT by security professionals. I was grateful that there was some attention as afterthoughts to the "morality" of terrorist and CT practices and strategies. I was left with the feeling that the National Security State and the "war on terror" are here forever with no chance of reorientation to conflict resolution.
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6/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 10 months ago
The early tenor of the course gave the impression of a nuts and bolts approach to course content, but when I finally learned to access the poorly transcribed text material ,not downloadable, there was more substance and some actual thought.i thought a significant part of the course was wittingly or unwittingly propaganda rather than research ( e.g. a defense of CIA lapses)..I thought the evaluation schemes presented were arbitrary and silly. I didn't have a chance as an auditor to participate anyway , ( this was NEVER explained despite queries), and there was for me NO interactive dimension of the course using Dashboard.While textual material punctured the aapparent superficiality of the lecture material and some presenters like a Georgetown Law Professor were top notch there was certain banality and conventionality in what purported to be social science but really was outdated soci psych or redundant org theory.The inability to d... The early tenor of the course gave the impression of a nuts and bolts approach to course content, but when I finally learned to access the poorly transcribed text material ,not downloadable, there was more substance and some actual thought.i thought a significant part of the course was wittingly or unwittingly propaganda rather than research ( e.g. a defense of CIA lapses)..I thought the evaluation schemes presented were arbitrary and silly. I didn't have a chance as an auditor to participate anyway , ( this was NEVER explained despite queries), and there was for me NO interactive dimension of the course using Dashboard.While textual material punctured the aapparent superficiality of the lecture material and some presenters like a Georgetown Law Professor were top notch there was certain banality and conventionality in what purported to be social science but really was outdated soci psych or redundant org theory.The inability to download text material consumed hours of transcribingcourse material material in the form of lecture notes.the "fun" simulation was to all intents and purposes ridiculous, trivial junior high stuff reminiscent in some way to the much more professional intro to the BBC program MI5, amateur infotainment rather than anything else like phony detective puzzles acted out in restaurants.can popularization go too far? I'm totally dissatisfied with the email response to mygoutrage at having wasted 8 hours of reading, writing and thinking on an edx course which was not adequately taken into account or even responded to.There was not even an illusion of participation.I recommend that students skip Georgetown U's limnited liability approach to online courses.My responses were dictated by the technology and access given to me and these were totally inadequate.
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6 years, 11 months ago
Excellent course. This course gives a well rounded coverage of this whole issue and has been interesting throughout. This is a vast area so they can only go so deep but it succeeds in providing an overall look at this important topic. This is a model MOOC in that it gives you everything you can expect from a MOOC, high quality instructors teaching in a format easily accessible to the world.
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