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Advanced Certificate Program

Program Date: July 14-25, 2024

Program Location: Reichman University, Herzliya, Israel (Frontal Program)

The Advanced Certificate Program in Counter-Terrorism Studies, offered by Counter-Terrorism Solutions (CTS), Ltd at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), is a unique opportunity for professionals to learn about central issues in counter-terrorism and homeland security both from those with first-hand experience and those involved in cutting-edge research in these fields. Based on years of extensive research, instruction, and work in the field, this multidisciplinary program brings together the best of academic theory and practical knowledge.

Program Structure

The Advanced Certificate Program combines academic study, simulations, workshops, and on-site briefings. The course provides concentrated, in-depth exposure to the phenomenon of modern terrorism and its characteristics, modus operandi, scope, and dissemination throughout the world. In addition, participants will develop an understanding of the challenge this phenomenon presents to decision-makers, security establishments, first responders, and the business sector based on the experience Israel has accumulated in the field.

Circumstances have forced Israel to develop sophisticated counter-terrorism strategies and techniques and to amass extensive knowledge regarding terrorism. The program allows participants from around the world to benefit from Israel’s experience and advanced international counter-terrorism efforts.

The Advanced Certificate Program will be taught in English in Israel from 14 – 25 July 2024. It includes four graduate-level courses delivered by top experts from Israel and abroad, who are among ICT’s senior researchers and associates. Each course consists of 20 academic hours taught over a concentrated period of one week.

The Art of Counter-Terrorism
Prof. Boaz Ganor

The scope of terror attacks, the growing threat of unconventional weapons, and the spread of radical networks have transformed terrorism into an international threat. By intentionally targeting civilians while exploiting the freedoms embedded in liberal democratic societies, terrorism presents a unique and complex challenge to decision-makers and counter-terrorism experts. In order to effectively respond, decision-makers have to address key dilemmas, including identifying the enemy, solving the democratic dilemma, strengthening public resilience, understanding the rationality of terrorism, and more. This course helps decision-makers and policy experts identify these dilemmas so that they are prepared to effectively respond to this growing international threat.

Global Jihad: Ideology, Financing, Operations
Dr. Eitan Azani

Countering Global Jihad is complicated and multi-dimensional. It requires a deep understanding of all levels of the threat, emphasizing the ideological component and its derivatives: policy, strategy, and modus operandi. The course will discuss the following items: the radicalization process, the evolvement of global jihad selected strategies, and the modus operandi of selected terrorist organizations.

Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Terrorism Threat
Mr. Brian Jenkins

This course will focus on exploring current and historical terrorism in order to better understand the threats that they pose. Course topics will include, among others: “Where do we stand against Al-Qaeda,” “Do-it-Yourself Terrorism: Homegrown Terrorism in the United States and Europe,” Dilemmas in National Security Policy: Transportation, Aviation, and Maritime Terrorism,” and “Post-Modern Terrorism: Assessing the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism.”

Dilemmas in Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Policies
Mr. Oz Noy & ICT Research Fellows

Focused on operational, intelligence, legal, offensive, and defensive policies, this course will explore the dilemmas in counter-terrorism decision-making. Drawing on the expertise of academics and former security/defense professionals, this course describes the Israeli experience attempting to solve these dilemmas. 

*Courses are subject to changes



LTG (Ret.) Keith Dayton, Director George C. Marshall Center

Dr. Erroll G. Southers, University of Southern California

General (Ret.) John Abizaid, Former Commander of US Central Command

Prof. William C. Banks, Director, Syracuse University

“There is no better place to educate future leaders in the international struggle against terrorism than the ICT. The depth and breadth of its academic programs, and its ability to draw in first-rate scholars from around the world, and its partnering with other centers in pursuit of understanding this phenomenon, marks ICT as head and shoulders above other institutions of its type.”

– LTG (Ret.) Keith Dayton, Director George C. Marshall Center

“The world leader in academic counter-terrorism curriculum, the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is the standard by which other programs are measured. Boasting a renowned faculty, with leading edge insight, the ICT is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in this domain.”

– Dr. Erroll G. Southers, University of Southern California

“The ICT provides one of the best academic settings in the world for the study of the dynamics of and defense against international terrorism. Staffed by a broad range of experts that combine both practical and academic expertise in combating terrorism, study at the institute provides unique and useful insight into one of the 21st century’s most difficult challenges.”

– General (Ret.) John Abizaid, Former Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM)

“There is no better place than ICT anywhere in the world to learn about counterterrorism and homeland security. The professionals and academics at ICT are truly experts in their field, and the academic programs at ICT set the gold standard in counterterrorism studies.”

– Prof. William C. Banks, Director, Syracuse University