Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of Terrorist Financing and Resourcing practices, with reference to subnational organisations, networks, and operations, to assess existing strategic responses
be able to critically analyse Terrorist Financing and Resourcing at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, in order to identify patterns and mechanisms
be able to select appropriate quantitative research methods to provide empirically-based assessments of current and emerging financing threats in various terrorism and security contexts
be able to demonstrate leadership through rigorously and objectively analysing Terrorist Financing and Resourcing, in order to inform and influence professional practice
be able to clearly communicate complex counter terrorism policies, practices and approaches to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Key insights and Takeaways – 10%
Mechanism Analysis – 30%
Resourcing and Financial Assessment – 60%
The set text for this course is:
Shelley, L.I. (2015). Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Freeman, M. (ed.) (2017). Financing Terrorism: Case Studies, London: Routledge
Note that all of these texts offer something different and come at the subject from a different perspective, but all are by well-regarded experts in their field. Various chapters from these texts will readings within the subject, and will subsequently be made available electronically.
reading list extract
Vittori, J. (2011). ‘Terrorism Cannot Live on Idealism Alone,’ in Terrorism Financing & Resourcing, Palgrave Macmillan: Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies, pp. 13-25.
Freeman, M. (2011) ‘The Sources of Terrorist Financing: Theory and Typology,’ Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 34(6), 461-475.
Shelley, L. (2014). ‘The Logic of Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism’ & ‘The Business of Terrorism and the Criminal Financing of Terrorism,’ in Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism, Cambridge,
UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-29 & 173-218.
Shapiro, J.N. (2013). ‘The Challenge of
Organizing Terror,’ in The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations, Princeton,
NY: Princeton University Press.
academic year 2022