Confronting Islamist Terror

Spring 2017

FRPG 2022
Instructor: J.J. Jockel
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
        and Tuesday 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
This course fulfills the FYS and SS general education requirements.

Al-Qaeda successfully recruited U.S. citizens over the internet to carry out deadly attacks on our soil: the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood and the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. A Somalian based affiliate of al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, radicalized U.S. citizens, many from Minnesota, to become suicide-bombers in their fight against the African Union. Presently, the news is focused on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who using social media such as YouTube and Twitter, has recruited over 100 U.S. citizens to join their fight. This seminar will examine how the United States, its allies, and its friends are confronting Islamist terror. The instructor will himself pick the first two books to be read and then will select a number of other books and readings in consultation with the students.

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