July 10 to August 1, 2019
March 17 - April 8 & Aug. 30 to July 20, 2020
Course language: English only

The George C. Marshall Center course on Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) is a three-week resident program that focuses on 21st century national security threats as a result of illicit trafficking and other criminal activities. This program examines the major methods by which transnational criminal and terrorist organizations engage in illegal narcotics trafficking and other criminal activities for profit.

The course is designed for government officials and practitioners who are engaged in policy development, law enforcement, intelligence, and interdiction activities aimed at countering illicit narcotics trafficking, terrorist involvement in criminal activity, and the associated elements of transnational crime and corruption.


Lectures, case studies, and seminar discussions will provide in-depth knowledge about the activities of drug cartels, terrorists, and transnational criminal organizations with a goal of understanding the necessary strategic level approaches to combating these threats.



This course will be taught by subject matter experts from the Marshall Center along with adjunct professors and guest lecturers from national and international law enforcement and security organizations. The course syllabus details the evolving threat of transnational organized crime in narcotics trafficking and the emergence of similar activities on the part of terrorist groups.

Course seminar activities will discuss the range of government countermeasures to combat this criminal activity. Strategy development exercises will focus on best practices for incorporating government institutions and international approaches in the fight against these modern day national security threats.

Subject matter will address national security threats resulting from:

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  • Narcotics Trafficking
  • Terrorists use of Criminal Enterprises
  • Crime-terror Continuum
  • Partnerships Between Criminal and Terrorist Groups
  • Terrorists Groups Funded by Criminal Activities
  • Radicalization of Criminal Groups
  • Transnational Criminal Cartels
  • Drug Trafficking Related Violence
  • Crime for Profit Activities
  • Illicit Support Activity to Criminal and Terrorist Organizations
  • Money Laundering and Illicit Finance
  • Corruption as a National Security Threat
  • Criminal Threats to Governance
  • Criminal Penetration of State Institutions
  • Global Facilitators of Illegal Activities
  • Regional and Global Crime Relationships
  • Business Aspects of Transnational Crime
  • Violence for Political Effect
  • Nuclear Proliferation
  • Kidnapping for Ransom
  • Human Smuggling and Trafficking
  • Weapons Trafficking
  • Cybercrime
  • Legal and Policy Tools to Combat Transnational Crime
  • Use of Diplomacy to Combat Crime
  • International Programs and Assistance to Combat Crime
  • Military Support to Counternarcotics Activities
  • Case Studies

This program will consist of subject specific plenary lectures provided by faculty and guest lecturers followed by small group seminar sessions led by Marshall Center resident and adjunct faculty. Lectures and presentations will be weighted towards case examples.

For application and deadline information, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., your ministry point of contact, or the U.S. or German Embassy in your capital city.