MA in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security

The MA in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security offered by the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy in collaboration with the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya is a cutting edge program that combines academic study, simulations and workshops which offer special tools for critical thinking in this field. The courses provide concentrated, in-depth exposure to the phenomenon of modern terrorism and its characteristics, modus operandi, scope and dissemination throughout the world. Students will obtain an understanding of the challenge this phenomenon presents to decision-makers, security establishments, first responders, legal systems and the business sector, based on the experience Israel has accumulated in the field.

Course syllabus:

  1. Dilemmas in Counter-Terrorism Decision Making

  2. Radical Islamic Ideologies

  3. Introduction to Homeland Security

  4. The Anatomy of Terrorist Groups

  5. Insurgencies and Civil Wars

  6. Counter Terrorism Issues and Challenges for Homeland Security

  7. Legal Dilemma in Counter Terrorism

  8. Strategy and Deterrence: Comparative National Strategies

  9. Post-Modern Terrorism -CBRN

  10. The Cyber Space in the Modern Terrorism Strategy

  11. Technical Aspects of Cyber Security

  12. Countering the Cyber Threat

  13. Workshop in Cyber Security

  14. Advanced Research Methods

  15. Strategic Surprise

  16. Egypt: Politics, Society & Culture - Between Vision & Reality

  17. Game Theory

  18. Issues in Political Psychology

  19. Decision Making & Political Psychology