February 12 to March 12 and August 6 to September 3, 2020 / Course language: English


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The Marshall Center’s PTSS develops intellectual interoperability and common understanding regarding the transnational nature of terrorism, improves partner capacity to develop and execute international com-batting terrorism strategies and builds and sustain a network of security professional to combat terrorism. This four week course is designed for government officials, police and military and security service officers employed in mid- and upper-level leadership positions in counter-terrorism organizations throughout the world. The course focuses on methods to help a state effectively combat terrorism while adhering to the values of a democratic society. Participants develop common grounds of knowledge, understanding, and ‘physical’ contacts forming an “intellectual interoperability” that transcends national borders and enables national security officials to cooperate and coordinate within their nations and internationally.

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The four-week program, offered two times per year, strengthens understanding of the motivations, methodologies and capabilities of modern terrorist groups as well as developing understanding and familiarity with the wide range of capabilities available to  a nation state to defeat or minimize this threat. The PTSS intent is to enable individual nations to successfully cooperate and coordinate efforts to strengthen and sustain an international combating terrorism effort and develop habits of cooperation and collaboration. Specifically, the PTSS:

  • Enrolls participants in a global network of CbT experts and professionals;
  • Develops and strengthens human and intellectual capital to understand and analyze the mechanisms of terrorism and the strategies to defeat it; 
  • Improves the CbT capabilities and capacities of partner nations;
  • Cultivates an understanding of the potential tensions between operational effectiveness and protecting civil liberties and the rule of law; and,
  • Harmonizes participant views about the current terrorism threat.

Professional Development

With its focus on the development of core knowledge and skills, PTSS provides critical professional development in these sub-fields of terrorism studies:

  • Terrorist Motivations and strategies
  • Terrorism Radicalization and Recruitment
  • The Use of Security Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies
  • The Role of Civil Society Against Terrorism
  • Countering Violent Extremism
  • Countering Terrorist Narratives
  • Intelligence-Led Operations against Terrorism
  • Global Cooperation


Utilizing the PTSS Network

The PTSS makes use of practitioner presentations on contemporary issues and regularly utilizes the PTSS alumni network as presenters and adjunct faculty. The PTSS features extensive seminar level “Active Learning” projects/exercises.

  • CT Strategy Making: Theory and Practice
  • CT: "The Whole of Government" Approach (in revision)
  • Strategic Communication for CT
  • Conducting Risk Assessments in CT
  • Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) in CT

 Throughout the course, participants may increase their language proficiency with optional, additional, training in written and oral presentation skills. Strong candidates for this program who may benefit from an English Language Enhancement Course prior to the PTSS.


PTSS Alumni Community of Interest (COI) Report Series

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.