Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism from a European PerspectiveSemester Course

Politics & Security
Week-Long Study Tour
Core Course Week Study Tour
Major Discipline(s)
International Relations, Political Science
Core Course
Fall/Spring semester

This course is a study of terrorism – its causes and aims as well as its forms – and of counter-terrorism measures introduced by the international community and individual states. The course examines the implications of terrorism for international politics in the 21st century. Adopting a European perspective allows us to better understand the history, concept, and phenomenon of terrorism and the varied attempts to fight it.

Terrorism and counter-terrorism have been on everyone’s mind since 9/11. However, terrorism didn’t just appear out of the blue on that horrifying September day. Unfortunately, several European countries have a very long history of dealing with not only well known actors like IS and Al-Qaeda, but also with long established terrorist groups, e.g. Northern Ireland (IRA), Spain (ETA), Italy (Red Brigades) and Germany (Red Army Faction) as well as individual right-wing terrorism (Norway). This perspective will allow us to better understand what terrorism is, why terrorism occurs, how terrorists organize and operate, and what some of the consequences are of reacting in different ways to terrorism.

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Martin Cleemann Rasmussen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MA (Russian and History, University of Copenhagen 2004, graduated on Civil-Military relations in Russia, 1993-99). Associate professor at the Royal Danish Officer Academy (2011- ), Senior Advisor NordGEN at the Nordic Council of Ministers 2005-2009 on Russia and the CIS, Associate Professor Nordic Council of Ministers Petrazavodsk State University 1998, Exchange Student, Odessa (Ukraine), and St. Petersburg (1996-1997). Various positions as translator and leads many visits to Russia as well as several battlefield tours. Analyst on Russian matters in Danish news media. With DIS since 2015.

European Politics, Martin Cleemann Rasmussen