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Durham Global Security Institute

Re-Thinking Counter Terrorism

Course Date: 28-30 October 2015

Course Leader: Dr Jeroen Gunning

Guest Lecturers:

Dr Emile Nakhleh

Former CIA director, Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program; author of A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America's Relations with the Muslim World (2009) and Bahrain: Political Development in a

Modernizing Society (1976, 2011).

Dr Dukagjin Gorani

Political advisor to Kosovan Prime Minister; former Kosovo Liberation Army spokesperson.

Course Summary:

This course will provide participants with the analytical tools to reflect critically and innovatively on the dynamic interaction between terrorism, counter-terrorism and society using a social movement theory framework. It will be taught by one of the world’s leading authorities on Hamas and critical terrorism studies, and will feature guest lecturers from a former director of the CIA’s political Islam strategic analysis program and a former spokesperson of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

The course will start by looking at the politics of defining terrorism, and how this impacts policy and our understanding of the phenomenon. It will then situate terrorism and counter-terrorism in the context of social movement dynamics more broadly, and trace the interactions between state, society and (counter)-terrorism through conflict cycles, looking at both the emergence and the demise of terrorist tactics. In particular, it will consider the impact of counter-terrorism policies on terrorism and society more broadly, taking into account both coercive and non-coercive policies.

The second half of the course will consist of a number of case studies, and a simulation exercise, offering participants the opportunity to operationalise social movement theory. Case studies include, provisionally: the emergence of Hamas and its subsequent use of both suicide operations and ceasefires; the emergence of the Kosovo Liberation Army and its participation in the Rambouillet peace talks; the impact of US foreign policy on Islamist movements and militants in the Middle East; and the impact of the Arab Spring on Islamist movements.

Provisional Course Outline:

Thursday 29th October 2015

1. Labels, Knowledge and Policy Impact: Outlining a Critical Approach

2: Pathways to Terrorism: Beyond ‘Root Causes’ and Ideology – A multi-level political process approach

3: Pathways out of Terrorism: Processes & Policy Implications

4: Counter-Terrorism, Terrorism and Society

5: Explaining Hamas’s Emergence

Keynote: Impact of Arab uprisings on militant Islamist movements

Friday 30th October 2015

6: Explaining Hamas’s Suicide Tactics and Ceasefires

7: Impact of US foreign policy on Islamist movements

8: Explaining the KLA’s Emergence and Choice of Tactics

9: Simulation

10: Concluding Session

Course Fees: £280 per course

What is included:

  • Tuition and course materials
  • Welcome dinner
  • Lunch and refreshments for Friday and Saturday
  • Saturday dinner
  • Bed and breakfast for two nights (additional nights can be secured at £50.00 per night)

Deadline for applications

Two weeks before the course commences.


A non-refundable deposit of £200 must be paid with the booking, the balance is due on Friday the week preceding the commencement of the course.

Once the deposit has been paid access will be given to the course website which includes preparatory reading materials and a full programme.

For more information contact: