Online, United Kingdom

The Terrorist Link

online course
when 10 June 2022 - 2 July 2022
language English
duration 4 weeks
fee EUR 100

Twenty years after 9/11, terrorist-related threats remain concrete. In spite of territorial contraction, Daesh still permeates parts of Syria and Iraq. Boko Haram and al-Shabab keep bringing havoc to vast African regions. The Taliban have returned and, with them, so has fear of new Afghan terrorist havens. Within this picture, Europe cannot deem itself safe either. And yet, we still do not fully get terrorism. Even after all this time, mystery and myth continue to surround the phenomenon in
question. What is terrorism? Can we actually define it? What causes terrorism? How can we counter Jihadist ideology? Why are al Qaeda and Daesh alive and kicking? Where do terrorists get their money from? Looking at the ‘War on Terror’, which were our successes and failures? What is the future of terrorism? Whilst challenging, this is exactly what we wish to explore.

Course leader

Dr Michele Groppi is a Lecturer in Challenges to the International Order in the Defence Studies Department (DSD), King's College London. He obtained his BA from Stanford University (Honors) in International Relations.

Target group

Students and young professionals

Course aim

A combination of frontal lectures, seminars, and live interviews and presentations by world-leading experts, this module has two aims. First, given the potentially charged nature of the topic, we invite participants to embrace and appreciate complexity. This is not to argue that individuals cannot mature their own views. Rather, this is to provide members with an in-depth understanding of the main underlying themes in terrorism studies, enhanced by first-hand accounts of terrorist and counterterrorist activity. In doing so, the module’s second aim is to inspire participants to think as holistically as possible. During seminars, we will spark debate. We will challenge common wisdom. We will play the Devil’s advocate and force you to put in other people’s shoes, rendering this intellectual exercise interactive, stimulating, and thought-provoking.

Credits info

- Inclusive, top-notch accessible education delivered by world-leading experts
- Flexible and remote learning
- Access to recordings of our frontal lectures, interactive seminars, and discussions.
- Access to ITSS Verona global network
- Membership for the year 2022/2023 granting automatic access to every ITSS Verona event, including webinars and conferences
- Certificate of completion
- Possibility to publish a piece in the second issue of the ITSS Verona International Security Magazine

Fee info

EUR 100: With the goal of being accessible to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, we provide a highly reduced fee. Admissions are rolling. We encourage students to apply soon, as there are limited spaces.


for those participating in the summer school that chose to submit articles to the ITSS Verona International Security Magazine, if pieces are accepted for publication in the second issue, all paid fees for the school will be reimbursed.