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Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Georgetown University via edX


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

This course on terrorism will explore the nuances involved in defining terrorism; the nature of Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Islamic State, and other important groups; the effectiveness of different counterterrorism tools; terrorist recruiting, counterterrorism and the rule of law; the political context in South Asia and the Middle East; and the terrorist use of technology.

For those interested in an abbreviated version of this course, the 3-section course Terrorism and Counterterrorism: An Introduction is available here.

Taught by

Jonathan Brown and Daniel Byman


4.4 rating, based on 11 Class Central reviews

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    Sivananda Ramnath

    Sivananda Ramnath completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is a very well designed course. It takes up the most important and relevant areas in the field and covers them in a good amount of detail. An excellent collection of reading material (both mandatory and optional) have been provided for each unit and provide the right background with which to understand the lectures. There are also optional lectures and interviews covering current events. The course makes you think, rather than just learn.
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    Hanna Melissa Sorbito

    Hanna Melissa Sorbito is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am very interested with this course because of what happened to our country recently. So far, I am enjoying the course of the program, especially that I am able to learn new things regarding to terrorism.

    I recommend this course to everyone. This will definitely help us understand this predicament with regards to how it is viewed in the academe as well as in the real world. Terrorism is a real struggle that we should all be involved in. The first step is to try to understand the scenario, and I think taking this course is a step forward towards understanding this global dilemma.
  • Antoine Ciolkovitch completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Pr Byman grant us access to Georgetown expertise on terrorism . Perhaps the most profitable part of the course is the genesis of terrorism in minds , frustration and economic turmoil . The course is then divided in two parts to be chosen : South Asia or Middle East . All lecturers are of main interest .
  • Sergey Monin

    Sergey Monin completed this course and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    The course was very bias and oversimplistic: US is good / terrorists are bad. The part about Pakistan support for jihadist groups was good.

  • Pradeep Kumar Yadav is taking this course right now, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Excellent course and getting much knowledge about terrorism and its roots of how people connects to it. There are many ways to solve the problem of terrorism.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course in essential to me because my country Nigeria is also involved. Boko Haram (meaning western education is evil) has been terrorizing (killing, maiming, destroying etc) the norther part of the country. Initially they were against christians and other non-muslims, but now spread to all religions. They have gone to the extent of creating a caliphate.
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