Security, Terrorism and Insurgency MA

Drawing on the School’s research strengths in international security and sub-state conflicts, this programme addresses the phenomena of terrorism and insurgency in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will introduce you to the history of terrorism, from state sponsored terrorism in the Cold War period and urban terrorists in Western Europe to the emergence of radical Islamism in the form of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. You will explore the dilemmas of preserving democratic liberties whilst developing counter-terrorism strategies and assessing the necessity and effectiveness of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK, the US and beyond. You will consider the wider political context and causes of radicalisation and terrorist violence, including the analysis of situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq as well as an in-depth study of the geo-politics of the Middle East.

Course syllabus:

  1. Insurgency

  2. Terrorism

  3. Dissertation

  4. Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance

  5. European Defence and Security Analysis

  6. The Rise of China

  7. Contemporary Politics of the Middle East

  8. The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

  9. Theoretical Approaches in International Relations

  10. Civil War and Intrastate Conflict

  11. Global Justice