The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies
The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies (IUCTS) and the International Center for Terrorism Studies (ICTS) are two distinct organizations with an overlapping membership and a common purpose. The joint mission of IUCTS and ICTS is to contribute to policy discussion and debate on the scope and nature of the current and future threat of terrorism.
Established in 1994, the activities of IUCTS are guided by an International Research Council that offers recommendations for study on different aspects of terrorism, both conventional and unconventional. IUCTS is affiliated with universities and think tanks in over 35 countries, including the George Washington University (Homeland Security Policy Institute) and the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies at the International Law Institute (ILI, Washington, DC), and the International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (Arlington, Va.). Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director.
Purpose and Scope
There exists the need to educate policymakers, and the public in general, on the nature and intensity of the terrorism threat in the twenty-first century. As a member of the academic and research community, the IUCTS has an intellectual obligation, as well as a moral and practical responsibility, to participate in the international counterterrorism effort. The purpose of the IUCTS therefore, is four-fold:
1. To monitor current and future threats of terrorism;
2. To develop response strategies on governmental and non-governmental levels;
3. To effect continual communication with policy-makers, academic institutions, business, media, and civic organizations; and
4. To sponsor research programs on critical issues, particularly those relating enabling technologies with policy, and share the findings nationally and internationally.
IUCTS has sponsored, co-sponsored, and participated in hundreds of seminars, briefings, and conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, India, Israel, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Ukraine. In addition, IUCTS published 40 books and 18 reports on topics including Super Terrorism: Biological, Chemical, and Nuclear; Terrorism and the Law; Terrorist Group Profiles of ETA (Spain) and Usama bin Laden's al-Qaida; Terrorism: U.S. Perspectives; Information Warfare and Cyber-Terrorism; Terrorism and Business; and Legal Aspects of Terrorism in the United States. IUCTS activities have been covered extensively by television, radio and press in over 40 countries.