Students in Professor Amos Guiora’s Global Perspectives of Counter-terrorism course spend the spring semester in a sophisticated and unique experiential learning environment. The relevance of this course is significantly heightened by recent terrorist-caused events in Istanbul and Brussels. Suicide bombers, targeted bombings, and the taking and killing of hostages are events that nations must plan for and respond to. How nations respond to such events, and how they should respond, is particularly relevant in an ever-changing security landscape. Students in this class must face these events in a simulation that will test their intelligence gathering, reasoning, and responsiveness to terrorist events.
The course emphasizes the legal, moral, and geopolitical implications of operational counter-terrorism in conjunction with skills-based instruction focusing on advocacy and articulation, group decision making, stress based leadership, and information management. The counter-terrorism scenario-based simulation exercise on February, April 8 is the culmination of this innovative, blended education. Designed by former students of the program, the simulation is a rigorous three and a half hour session providing students the opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge gained over the semester.