- Code NSPO8046
- Unit Value 3 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject National Security Policy
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course explores the nature and causes of terrorism as well as individual (state) and collective (international) responses. It does so through an explicitly multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates historical ("new" and "old" terrorism); conceptual (state-sponsored vs. non-state; global vs. regional; biological, environmental, cultural, political); and geographical (Middle East and Africa, Eurasia, South America) frameworks.
We begin by examining the historical evolution of terrorism, its causes/rationales, and the major theoretical and conceptual approaches to help understand it. We then explore the development of historical and contemporary terrorist groups, including the recent 'fourth wave' of terrorism (e.g. al-Qaeda and ISIS) as well as the rise to prominence of far-right wing terrorism. The final part of the course focuses explicitly on counter-terrorism responses and counter-terrorism policies in the context of national security policy formulation. In particular we will examine the implications of terrorism for the national security postures of Australia, of key states in Australia's neighborhood, and of the United States as Australia’s ally. Counter-terrorism practitioners will support this course with insights from the practical challenges of sustaining effective security policy against this evolving risk.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand concepts related to terrorism and counter-terrorism, with the ability to critically analyse them in a national security context
- Evaluate contemporary local, regional, and global challenges relating to terrorism
- Critically analyse the responsiveness of security agencies to the security challenges posed by terrorism
- Conduct independent research that demonstrates scholarly and practitioner-focused engagement with the subject matter, developing ideas and analysis for both audiences
- “Red Team/ Blue team” exercise and review paper (1,500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
- Research paper (2,000 words) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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2 days (seminars) plus one extra day (seminars, consultations and public information campaigns)
Requisite and Incompatibility
A list of readings will be provided in lieu of a prescribed text
Danielle Chubb (2020) Perceptions of terrorism in Australia: 1978–2019, Australian Journal of International Affairs, DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2020.1744515
Louise E. Porter and Mark R. Kebbell, "Radicalization in Australia: Examining Australia's convicted terrorists." Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 18.2 (2011): 212-231.
Christopher Michaelsen “Australia and the Threat of Terrorism in the Decade after 9/11”, Asian Journal of Political Science, 18:3 (2010), pp. 248-268
Sofia Pinero Kluch and Alan Vaux, “Culture and Terrorism: The Role of Cultural Factors in Worldwide Terrorism (1970–2013)”, Terrorism and Political Violence, 29:2 (2017): 323-341.
Martha Crenshaw, Explaining Terrorism, (London: Routledge 2011).
Bruce Hoffman, Inside Terrorism, (NY: Columbia University Press, 2006)
Audrey Cronin. How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns. (Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2009).
Donald Holbrook, “Al-Qaeda and the Rise of ISIS”, Survival, 57(2) (2015), pp. 93-104
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