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Self-Study Course: The Global Jihadi Threat

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Course — website/web application. Nadav Morag. [Updated Dec 2016] Islam is a faith of richness and complexity that has manifested itself over time in a broad variety of ways. Unfortunately, it is also used as the basis for the violent… Continue Reading →

NS3028: Comparative Government for Homeland Security

Syllabus — text. Nadav Morag, Paul Smith and Seth Jones The objectives of the NS 3028 course are: (1) to understand the transnational nature of terrorism, organized crime, pandemics and other homeland security threats, (2) to assess homeland security strategies… Continue Reading →

Pathways to Peace

Video – interview.  Byron Bland and Jim Breckenridge. In this two-part series, Byron Bland, Associate Director for the Stanford Center on International Conflict & Negotiation outlines the fundamental building blocks of the peace making process, giving examples from his experiences… Continue Reading →

The National Inter-Agency Liason Officer Programme: Public Safety training from the U.K.

Interview — video. Peter Simpson. After serving 30 years in UK public service, including work in for the London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police Service, Peter Simpson discusses the development of the National Inter-Agency Liason Officer program (NILO), which… Continue Reading →

Nuclear Weapons Briefings

Video. Nadav Morag. This series consists of two background briefings that deal with nuclear weapons and with the Iranian nuclear program.  Briefing 1 provides background information on nuclear weapons and their potential impact.  Briefing 2 provides background information on Iran’s… Continue Reading →

The Psychology of Dictatorship

Moghaddam, Fathali. The Psychology of Dictatorship. American Psychological Association (APA). (April 2013.) Ever since World War II, social scientists have recognized the crucial importance of these questions. Yet despite the great strides made in our understanding of dictatorships, most studies… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Counterterrorism in the United Kingdom

Course — website/web application. Paul Jonathan Smith. The following three modules address counterterrorism in the United Kingdom. Tracing the UK response to violent subnational terrorism back to its efforts against the PIRA in the 1970s through the 1990s, these modules… Continue Reading →

Counter-terrorism in the UK – History, Radicalisation and the current Al-Qaeda Threat

Lecture/presentation. Paul Jonathan Smith. Module 1. This first module considers the recent history of terrorism in the UK, radicalization amongst the UK’s Muslim Community, and the UK’s current threat from Al-Qaeda. The “Irish Troubles”. The impact of the “Troubles” on… Continue Reading →

Counter-terrorism in the UK – Policy Response

Lecture/presentation. Paul Jonathan Smith. Module 2.  This module addresses the development of national security strategy since 2001, touching on the guiding principles behind contemporary UK counterterrorism policy, as well as the history that informs it. UK counterterrorism strategy can be… Continue Reading →

Counter-terrorism in the UK – Counterterrorism Structure and the Pursuit of Terrorists

Lecture/presentation. Paul Jonathan Smith. Module 3. This final module in the series explores the British domestic counterterrorism structure, emphasizing the importance of interagency cooperation in UK counterterrorism operations. It touches on the role of the British Security Service (MI5), the… Continue Reading →

Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa’ida since 9/11

Book. Jones, Seth G.  Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa’ida since 9/11. (New York: W.W. Norton, 2012). This comprehensive, landmark history chronicles our ongoing battle against al-Qa’ida, the greatest threat the West has faced in the modern… Continue Reading →

Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons

Interview — video. Nadav Morag. In this Viewpoints interview, Naval Postgraduate School Instructor Nadav Morag discusses his new book “Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons” which examines the homeland security practices in other liberal democracies to determine their feasibility and applicability… Continue Reading →

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