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.


IUCTS Highlights



July 25, 2018

"The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


April 30, 2018

"Combating Terrorism: National, Regional, and Global Lessons for the Next Decade and Beyond"


March 1, 2018

"Balkan Security Challenges: Past Lessons and Future Outlook"


February 27, 2018

"Punctuated Equilibria Paradigm and Security in the Modern World"


February 9, 2018

Combating Terrorism: Reflections over the Generations


January 31, 2018

National, Regional, and Global Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective


December 19, 2017

Security Challenges in the Balkans: Quo Vadis?


December 7, 2017

Egypt-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 20, 2017

Spanish-U.S. Strategic Partnership


November 13, 2017

Czech Republic-U.S. Strategic Partnership


October 31, 2017

Can the State System and Separatism Co-Exist?


September 11, 2017

Al-Qa'ida: Sixteen Years After 9/11 and Beyond


August 24, 2017

Combating Biological Terrorism: Roadmaps for Global Strategies


June 29, 2017

The Role of Diplomacy in Combating Terrorism


June 9, 2017

European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?


May 24, 2017

"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"


April 20, 2017

"Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"


April 13, 2017

"Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


March 23, 2017

"Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" 


February 23, 2017

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"


December 16, 2016

"Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era"


Additional past events 



The Times of Israel
on January 25, 2019: "There's good reason to fear Iran's global reach" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig


The Times of Israel on September 26, 2018: "The battle for the new Syria"

by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig