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Ami Pedahzur

ProfessorPh.D., University of Haifa, Israel

Professor, Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies
Ami Pedahzur



Terrorism, counterterrorism, political radicalism, special operations forces, Israeli politics


Ami Pedahzur is a Professor of Government and the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies.

He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Israel Studies at UT Austin.

His recent books include:

'The Triumph of Israel’s Radical Right' (Oxford University Press, 2012)

'The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle against Terrorism' (Columbia University Press, 2009)

'Jewish Terrorism in Israel' (Columbia University Press, 2009, with Arie Perliger)

‘Suicide Terrorism’ (Polity Press, 2005).

He is currently working on a new book manuscript entitled:

Military Entrepreneurs and the Evolution of Israel’s Special Operations Forces.

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T C 357 • Terrorism: Guerilla/Insurgency

42920 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 214

Course Number: TC 357Title: Terrorism: Guerrilla and Insurgency

Semester: Fall 2011

Instructor: Ami Pedahzur, Professor, Department of Government,

College of Liberal ArtsDescription:In recent years, especially since the 9/11 attacks on the US, many scholars have contended that terrorism has become the most prominent challenge for International security. In this class we will question this argument. First we will distinguish terrorism form guerrilla and other types of insurgencies. Then we will critically look into the conventional theories for the root causes of terrorism offered by political scientists, economists, psychologists and sociologists. Finally, we will address the question of coping with terrorism as well as other types of politically motivated attacks.The course will have a theoretical orientation and will offer both qualitative and quantitative approaches to study the phenomena.


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