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We TeachEducate cadets and counterterrorism practitioners across all levels of government to confront the dynamic threat environment We ResearchConduct rigorous and policy relevant research that contributes to the academic body of knowledge and informs counterterrorism policy We AdviseProvide leaders unique insight and strategic analysis on the complex problems posed by terrorism today
  • Africa Special Issue


    The Future Role of U.S. Counterterrorism Operations in Africa
    By Michael A. Sheehan and Geoff D. Porter

    In his State of the Union on January 28, 2014, President Barack Obama’s speech focused on domestic issues, but singled out Africa, specifically Somalia and Mali, in reference to the evolution of the al-Qa`ida threat, the emergence of al-Qa`ida affiliates and the need for the United States to continue to work with partners to disrupt and disable these networks. Numerous violent non-state actors persist in Africa, in the …

The CTC Sentinel

About the Sentinel

The Sentinel is a monthly, independent publication that leverages the Center’s global network of scholars and practitioners to understand and confront contemporary threats posed by terrorism and other forms of political violence.

Contributing Author(s):
  • Francesco Marone
  • Sentinel Staff
  • Derek Henry Flood
  • Chris Zambelis
  • Juha Saarinen
Contributing Author(s):
  • Ken Menkhaus
  • Stig Jarle Hansen
  • Jacob Zenn
  • Sentinel Staff
  • Anne Wolf

Recent Publications

Terrorist Ideology

Understanding the ideological underpinnings of violent groups is crucial to countering and defeating terrorist entities. This research program examines the ideas driving modern terrorism, the transmission of those ideas, and the doctrinal schisms within violent movements.

Terrorist Strategy and Structure

The landscape of terrorist actors and the strategies they employ are consistently evolving. The strategy and structure program examines the actors, organizational platforms, and violent methods that terrorists use in pursuit of their goals.

  • Gabriel Koehler-Derrick

South Asia

South Asia faces unique and complex challenges stemming from growing anti-Western sentiment, nuclear armed regional rivals, and a complex blend of militant actors. This research program contextualizes the nature of the terrorist threat emanating from and developing within Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh.

  • Anirban Ghosh
  • Arif Jamal
  • Christine Fair
  • Don Rassler
  • Nadia Shoeb

Emerging Threats

The Emerging Threats research program informs the academic and policy communities on nascent and underappreciated terrorist threats. This program looks across the phenomenon of terrorism and focuses on the evolution, innovation among existing terrorist actors, and the emergence of new threats.