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Learn about 21st Century Terrorism with START instructors at GMU


Learn about 21st Century Terrorism with START instructors at GMU

June 4, 2014

Several START experts will be among the instructors of George Mason University’s team-taught short-course on Terrorism in the 21st Century, including: Gary AckermanPeter Neumann and Laura Dugan.

Topics to be covered include: Evolving technologies; terrorist trajectories and "black swans;" strategies and tactics; red-teaming; radicalization; terror financing; counterterrorism strategies and their outcomes; multiple case studies (including lone actors, the Caucasus Emirate, U.S. domestic far right extremists, and Salafi-jihadist groups); and methodologies for the study of terrorism (both qualitative and quantitative).

The course is part of GMU’s Summer Program in International Security, aimed at offering professionals, students and faculty an opportunity to engage the latest developments and emerging trends in various fields related to international security studies.

This year’s summer session includes six, two-day and three-day courses:

  • CBRN Weapons: Science and Policy
    • Monday-Wednesday, July 7-9, 2014
  • CBRN Weapons: Export Controls
    • Thursday-Friday, July 10-11, 2014
  • 21st Century Terrorism
    • Monday-Wednesday, July 14-16, 2014
  • Terrorism Analysis
    • Thursday-Friday, July 17-18, 2014
  • Pandemics, Bioterrorism, & International Security
    • Monday-Wednesday, July 21-23, 2014
  • Biosurveillance: National & International Levels
    • Thursday-Friday, July 24-25, 2014

More information can be found on GMU’s website here.