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The Midterm Essay maps the second and third Course Objectives:
CO-2      Compare objectives, patterns, and actors of terrorism before and after 2001.

CO-3      Evaluate the character and influence of terrorist groups, their goals, structure, logistics and operations.

It consists of two questions. Please limit the length to two pages per each question double spaced in 12 point font. You don’t need a cover page. A simple header with your name, the course number and a date will suffice.
1. In his analysis on jihadism, WalidPhares cites the Lord of the Rings fantasy novel. Explain what he considers as the ‘New Jihad’, and why he chose the Tolkien classic to argue his view.

  1. Choose a terrorist group from the course readings, including Lesson’s Notes and sources in the Announcements, and describe it. State the reason why you decided to pick this group.

Because the Midterm is an assessment of course objectives, you may only use the required readings and all in Lessons. No additional sources are permitted. There will be point reductions if this requirement is not met. The required length is 4 double-spaced pages (2 pages per each questions) in 12 pt. font, not including the References. Make sure to use the Turabian Reference Style with in-text citations and include a Reference List at the end of your essay.


Required Readings:

Byman, Daniel. 2005. Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism.

Cambridge University Press.

Bunzel, Cole. 2016. “From Paper State to Caliphate: The Ideology of Islamic State.”

The Brookings Institution, Washington

Cragin, Kim and Sara Daily. 2003. Dynamic Terrorist Threat: An Assessment of

Group Motivations and Capabilities. RAND Corporation.

Hoffman, Bruce. 2006. Inside Terrorism. Columbia University Press.

Lister, Charles. 2015. “Returning Foreign Fighters: Criminalization or Re-Integration.

The Brookings Institution, Washington DC.


Phares, Walid. 2005. Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against America. Palgrave


Robinson, Linda. 2016. “Assessment of the Politico-Military Campaign to Counter

ISIL and Options for Adaptation. Rand Corporation. Santa Monica. CA

Rosant, Eric. 2016. “The U.S. Needs a National Prevention Network to Defeat ISIS.”

Brookings Institute.

Stern, Jessica. 2009. “Mind over Martyr: How to Deradicalize Islamist Extremists.

Council of Foreign Relations:

Stewart, Scott. (2016). “It Takes Village to Stop a Lone Wolf.” STRATFOR Global


Weimann, Gabriel. 2015. “Cyber-terrorism.” In Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next

Generation. 149-173. Columbia University Press

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