Understanding Terrorism: History, Contexts and New Challenges

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

HI063 | Spring | 6 ECTS

This course examines the evolution of the phenomenon of terrorism, which has (re)emerged as a lead feature of contemporary international relations. It addresses the questions of definition of terrorism, history of the concept, perspectives on causes, structure and organization of terrorist groups, relationship to the debate on the changing face of warfare, and the consequences of terrorism. The approach blends historical and comparative perspectives and a practical outlook on international policies, seeking to differentiate between varying forms of terrorism in relation to the political and societal context from which they originate and the differing domestic, regional, and international responses they generate. The course’s aim is to enhance the critical ability of the students to understand and analyse cogently the issue(s) of terrorism, and their overall ability to assess the novel transnational challenges associated with terrorism and their implication for policy.