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University of Leeds: Terrorism and Insurgency

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of Politics and International Studies View department profile
Telephone 0113 343 1741
Study type Taught


In the ever-changing landscape of global security challenges and sub-state conflicts, this programme addresses the phenomena of terrorism and insurgency in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

This programme will enable you to gain advanced insights into the history of terrorism, from state- sponsored terrorism in the Cold War period and urban terrorists in Western Europe to the emergence of radical Islamism in the form of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. You will explore the dilemmas of preserving democratic liberties whilst developing counter-terrorism strategies and assessing the necessity and effectiveness of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK, the US and beyond.

You will consider the wider political context and causes of radicalisation and terrorist violence, specifically analysing the geo-politics of the Middle East to appreciate the complex situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban is resurgent, as well as Pakistan, Syria, and Iraq.


University of Leeds
School of Politics and International Studies

Why study Politics and International Studies at Leeds?
The School of Politics and International Studies at Leeds brings together research and teaching in the areas of politics, international relations and global development.

Part of the prestigious Russell Group of research-led universities in the UK, the School has a thriving postgraduate community with over 200 students studying on postgraduate programmes, and many of these coming from overseas.

The University of Leeds is ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022) and the School of Politics and International …

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