About This Course
This on-line course for Duke Alumni – 9/11 & Its Aftermath – explores the causes of the conflict between the United States and ISIS, al Qaeda, and likeminded extremist organizations and provides a critical review of the strategies the United States has deployed in this conflict. In the first week, we examine the historical, religious, and social roots of the violent anti-Western ideology fomented by al Qaeda and extended to new extremes by ISIS. In week two, we delve into the topic more deeply with Duke’s Abdullah Antepli and discuss problems that have allowed the al Qaeda/ISIS movement to take hold in some Muslim societies. The next two weeks we will examine two key elements of U.S. counterterrorism policy – the use of force and collection of intelligence. For each, we will study how our policies have changed in reaction to 9/11, the legal basis for these changes, and their effectiveness in reducing terrorism. The final week will present the overarching themes of US counterterrorism policy and ask the question: Is it working?
A love of learning and a sheepskin from Duke are all you need!
Director, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security
Associate Professor of the Practice, Sanford School of Public Policy
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