Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime
3 credits / 9 weeks weeks
Professor Manish Thapa
The course will focus on terrorism and related forms of political violence from a comparative and global perspective. It will look at definitions, the prevalence of terrorism, techniques, the choice of targets, the effects of the media, and sources of support. The course will also look at different types of terrorist organizations including ones that are primarily seeking to attain ideological objectives, groups with an ethnic or nationalist agenda, organizations with religious motivations, and those groups with a mixture of motives that are difficult to disentangle. A portion of the course will also look at governmental support of local terrorist groups that target citizens of their own state. In addition, it will look at counterterrorism and counterinsurgency techniques, including the effects that such activities can have on civil liberties. Finally, the relative success or failure of terrorist groups in achieving their objectives will be evaluated as part of the process of determining what the future is likely to hold.
The second part of the course will be dedicated to provide a comprehensive and critical understanding of the expanding global problem of transnational organized crime which is undermining peace and human security, fueling internal and international conflicts or violence, accentuating human rights violations and impacting negatively on the political, economic, social and cultural development of societies worldwide. Students will draw on conceptual/theoretical and policy analyses, research findings and case studies from diverse regions and countries to examine various forms of transnational organized crime including the illicit arms trade, money laundering, illicit drug trafficking, theft of art and cultural objects, theft of intellectual property, piracy, cybercrime, trafficking in persons, trade in human body parts, environmental crime, organized fraud, infiltration of legal business, and graft and corruption.
Head, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Studies, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of International Peace Studies Programme and International Peace Studies with specialization in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies Programme
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