Carnegie Mellon University

Terrorism and Insurgency

Course Number: 84-389

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 US strategy.

Academic Year: 2023-2024
Semester(s): Spring
Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 9
Location(s): Pittsburgh

Mark Toukan

Spring 2024

Elective course for the following IPS degrees:
BS International Relations and Politics
Additional Major in International Relations and Politics
BS Economics and Politics
Additional Major in Economics and Politics
Minor in International Relations and Politics
Minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict
Minor in Military Strategy and International Relations