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The Political Economy of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam considers modern-day terrorism from a theoretical and especially from an empirical perspective. 

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After defining and delineating particular types of terrorism, we first investigate whether and, if so, how and when terrorism has been successful. We then turn to the intimate connection between terrorism and the media before exploring terrorism in connection with religion and radicalization. 

The Political Economy of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam concludes with a theoretical and empirical assessment of counterterrorism strategies.

Study terrorists’ true motivations: what makes some groups successful, the media & terror, counterterrorism strategies and much more!

Although the phenomenon of terrorism has been studied extensively, many of its underlying motivations and dynamics remain difficult to pin down empirically. This is even though the US alone has spent trillions of dollars on the War on Terror, only to harvest widespread hostility across many Middle Eastern countries.

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Have an overview of the existing evidence when it comes to modern-day terrorism and counter-terrorism.
  • Be able to read empirical papers on political economy and political science topics.
  • Understand and clearly communicate research findings associated with the main empirical and theoretical studies in this area of research.
  • Critically assess empirical and theoretical research on the topic.

Programme Structure

This course discusses:

  • What sets terrorism apart from other, more traditional types of warfare.
  • How the public, commentators, and researchers assess and interpret terrorism.
  • What constitutes success for a particular group, understanding the consequences of terrorism.
  • The extraordinary role of media attention for terror groups.
  • The role of religious and cultural perspectives in terrorism.
  • The theoretical background and empirical success of counterterrorism strategies.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 5 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • PhD, Masters, and advanced undergraduate students in Economics, Political Science, and any other fields, given they are interested in learning about terrorism. A basic statistical background is an advantage but not mandatory. Willingness to learn is important, however. 
  • It is not necessary to provide us with proof of your English. We do expect your English to be sufficient to understand classes and course literature. This means you should have at least a B2 level of English, as developed within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). This is comparable to a TOEFL internet test with a score of 92, or an IELTS score of 6.5.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    600 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 600 EUR for the full programme during 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    600 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 600 EUR for the full programme during 5 days.
  • Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC or an Aurora Network Partner: €500 
  • Students and PhD students: €600 
  • Professionals: €800 


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