Carnegie Mellon University

Center for Informed Democracy & Social - cybersecurity (IDeaS)

CMU's center for disinformation, hate speech and extremism online

IDeaS Center for Informed Democracy & Social-cybersecurity

84689  Terrorism and Insurgency
Units: 12.0
Instructors: TBA
Schedule: TR11:50-1:10PM  PH A18B


There are many forms of political violence but not all are created equal. Some, like terrorism, are a tactic while others, like insurgency, are a strategy. How important is it to define terrorism and insurgency? What causes insurgencies, and what determines the choice of terrorism as a tactic within insurgencies? This course will go into depth to analyze the various manifestations of terrorism and insurgency. The course will cover the historical evolution of terrorism and insurgency as well as recent trends. The course will also focus on groups, methods, ideologies, and organizational structures, and will address the effectiveness of different policies over time at managing insurgency and terrorism, and the role that these policies play in U.S. strategy.