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Program on Terrorism and Security Studies

About the PTSS Course

The Program on Terrorism and Security Studies (PTSS) is a functionally focused program that draws in civilian, law enforcement, and military counterterrorism (CT) professionals from around the world and improves their capacity to counter terrorism's regional and transnational implications. It engenders an "intellectual interoperability" transcending national borders and enables national security officials to cooperate at an international level to contain security threats. It aims to combat terrorism in all of its manifestations: nationally, regionally and globally.

The PTSS course methodology includes presentations by subject matter experts; small group seminars led by both a practitioner and an academic; case studies; and supporting readings. It promotes active learning through small group discussions and exercises, case study analysis, and a National CT Strategy Exercise. Theoretical concepts will be examined to provide practical as well as theoretical insights into combating terrorism.

Course Objectives

  1. Develop and strengthen understanding of the ideologies and mechanisms of terrorism and the strategies for countering them.
  2. Improve the counterterrorism capabilities and capacities of partner nations.
  3. Cultivate an understanding of the potential tensions and trade-offs between enhancing operational effectiveness and respecting civil liberties and the rule of law.
  4. Develop "intellectual interoperability" and mutual understanding about the transnational threat of terrorism and its potential evolution.

Course Study Guides

Al Qaeda: Past, Present, and Future

Boko Haram

Counter Financing of Terrorism

Countering Terrorist Narratives

Countering Violent Extremism

Crisis Management in Counterterrorism

Developing Counterterrorism Strategies

How Terrorist Groups End

Jihadist Foreign Fighters

Lone Actor Terrorism

Military Force in Combating Terrorism

Talking to Terrorists

Terrorism in Africa

Terrorist Motivations

Terrorist Strategies & Tactics

Terrorist Use of the Internet

Terrorists, Asylum-Seekers and Refugees

The Legal Regime

The Role of Intelligence in Combating Terrorism

The Role of Law Enforcement

The Role of Law Enforcement

What is Terrorism?


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