Terrorism has been a part of human society for centuries if not millennials. Even if we struggle to agree on a common definition we can still have an educated conversation on what it looks like and what has been the impact on societies both past and present. This course will examine terrorist movements and terrorist acts across time and place.
We will discuss how ideology feeds terrorism and how disparate groups can share ideologies in different parts of the world. We will look at how leadership functions as well as how terrorist groups get their message out, both to gain recruits as well as to strike fear and anxiety in populations. In addition, we will debate which actors are best placed to counter terrorism in our societies. The focus of the course is on practice and real-world events, not theory.
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Phil Gurski, is the Program Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) portfolio at the Professional Development Institute and he is also President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil worked as a senior strategic analyst for CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown extremism and radicalization.
From 1983 to 2001, he worked as a senior multilingual analyst for Communications Security Establishment, specializing in the Middle East. He has written extensively on terrorism issues. His most recent book is When Religion Kills.