Inter-Agency Coordination and Combating Terrorism (ICCT)
This course is under revision and not programmed during 2013
The course is conducted in Spanish. No interpretation will be available. Fluency in Spanish is required for reading theoretical and conceptual materials and for conducting group discussions. Candidates who are not native speakers of Spanish will be interviewed telephonically prior to final selection.
» Course Director: Manuel Lora
This is a six-week course, with a three on-line phase and three-week resident phase. The on-line learning system Blackboard and e-mail will be used during the on-line phase, it is expected that participants interact with their classmates and professors in asynchronous as well as synchronous sessions, participants are required to read an average of 80 pages per week. In the resident phase the course is conducted in a combination of individual study, discussions of the literature, conferences and panels, case study and exercises, it is expected that the students read an average of 60 pages per day. At the end of the course each participant will receive an individual evaluation, with grade.
» Course Objectives
The objective of the course is to deepen the study of the interagency institutional coordination process among countries, plus international and domestic agencies (such as the military, law enforcement, civil and non-governmental organizations) with the purpose of maximizing any cooperation required to face any security and defense challenges in general and, especially, counterterrorism. This course is a critical learning experience with emphasis on the significance of collaboration between national ministries and agencies, and international cooperation to strengthen any existing efforts to prevent, fight and eliminate terrorism. The course will review, from a policy and strategy standpoint, any topics related to decision-making and implementation of counterterrorism actions, the organizational and planning culture, and any information sharing together with the alignment of available resources and operations in terms of security.
» Candidate Profile and Requirements
Candidates must be professionally engaged in defense or security issues, focusing in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policies concerning terrorism and/or insurgency, coming from the following institutions/activities:
• Career officials from the ministries/secretaries of Security and Defense.
• Officials from other ministries/secretaries, from the legislative and judicial branches that interact with security and defense, including planning and control and oversight institutions.
• NGO and think-tank staffs involved in security/defense matters, educators, academic researchers, journalists and members of political parties.
• Police and active duty military officers with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and above.
The course is taught at the graduate level; therefore, it is required that candidates hold a university degree or equivalent practical experience. Military and police personnel must have completed a command and staff course or equivalent. Exceptions are evaluated in a case-by-case basis.
Fluency in Spanish is required for reading theoretical and conceptual materials and for conducting group discussions.
Candidates who are not native speakers of Spanish will be interviewed telephonically prior to final selection. Candidates must be able to commit to participating in the pre-course online phase as well as the on-line post-residence phase, including synchronous and asynchronous sessions with professors and classmates.
Certificates will be issued only to participants who have fulfilled all academic requirements Candidates must have access to the internet, preferably using a wide-band DSL or LAN (optimum) connection.
CHDS graduates (both civilian and military) from resident courses held at CHDS since 1998 will be given priority over other candidates. A minimum of one year is required between courses. .