Substantive areas of focus
The Center for Security Studies engages a large and experienced faculty who are security specialists. They publish regularly in leading scholarly and popular journals, as well as serve as advisors or analysts to leading security organizations and government agencies. Their research examines many contemporary security challenges such as intelligence reform, comparative counterterrorism, military occupation, global intelligence networks, intelligence-policy relationship, role of regional organizations in international peace operations, nuclear programs, and the rise of paramilitary groups. The prestigious SSP adjunct faculty builds on this foundation, providing a wide range of first-hand experience to the SSP students. The distinguished adjunct professors’ contribution enables the Security Studies Program to stay at the forefront of today’s security issues.
- Inside Terrorism
SSP Core Faculty member Bruce Hoffman publishes a new edition of his seminal work, Inside Terrorism. Hoffman traces the history of terrorism from its roots in the Reign of Terror that followed the French Revolution, to Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda network. Along the way, he examines the rise of subnational groups like al-Qaeda and Japan's Aum sect and takes a closer look at the way terrorists are able to exploit media coverage.
- The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad
- CSS Director Daniel Byman offers a new approach to fighting the war on terrorism. He convincingly argues that two of the main solutions to terrorism offered by politicians–military intervention and the democratization of the Arab world–shouldn’t even be our top priorities. Instead, he presents a fresh way to face intelligence and law enforcement challenges ahead: conduct counterinsurgency operations, undermine al-Qaeda’s ideology, selectively push for reforms, and build key lasting alliances.
- Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism
- Thousands of people have died at the hands of terrorist groups who rely on state support for their activities. Iran and Syria are well known as sponsors of terrorism, while other countries, some with strong connections to the West, have enabled terrorist activity by turning a blind eye. Daniel Byman's book is the first to analyze this phenomenon...