Terrorism Research Center

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Terrorism Research Center, founded in 2006, is a research unit within the Collegium Civitas non-state university located in Warsaw organisational structure. The Center’s activity focuses on scientific research and analytical undertakings. Center’s research focuses on the full range of issues of international terrorism and its countering, as well as on the impact of these phenomena on the functioning of the state and its citizens, both in the public and private sectors. The Center’s interests include, but are not limited to:

  • defining terrorist threats,
  • evolution of modern terrorism,
  • psychology of terrorism,
  • tools to fight terrorism,
  • risk assessment and analysis,
  • issues related to mass media.

The Terrorism Research Center is a research unit that conducts research and prepares analyses, among other things, at the request of public administration. Their results are used by decision makers involved in planning activities to address threats to security and public order. The Center also prepares threat and risk analyses for NGOs and private companies. Among the entities for which CBnT CC has previously implemented such projects are:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: preparation of terrorist threat analysis in different regions of the world,
  • Industrial Institute of Automation and Measurements: expert seminar for the PROTEUS program (integrated mobile anti-terrorism and anti-crisis support system);
  • Ministry of National Education: implementation of crisis response training due to terrorist attack,
  • The Stock Exchange: training in the area of reaction to the “active shooter” scenario,
  • EDF Polska: training on the implementation of the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act in the plans for protection of objects subject to compulsory protection.

The Center’s activities take in various forms: from conferences, seminars, training sessions and workshops, organising meetings with invited experts, researchers and politicians, up to publishing research results.

The center’s research concept includes involvement of experts dealing with diverse aspects of terrorism and its combating research (international relations, sociology, psychology, warfare, internal and international law and political science, banking, finance, economics, anthropology and cultural studies). Such organisation of research process allows for a truly interdisciplinary perspective on this remarkably dynamic and a complex phenomenon that must be tackled on many levels using all the tools that can increase the security of states and their citizens.

Forms of activity:

  • research programs,
  • analysis,
  • scientific conferences, symposia, seminars,
  • 1st and 2nd-degree studies, post-degree studies,
  • training, courses and workshops,
  • publications.

SECURITY AND SOCIETY IN THE INFORMATION AGE

In 2018 Terrorism Research Center launched a summer internship program. The internships are aligned with the Summer School Program at Collegium Civitas. The interns have been working on their own research projects under academic supervision by TRC experts. The main thematic focus of the internship was the shifting paradigm of security. The students worked on topics that cover various security challenges: information warfare, security in the post-truth world, cybersecurity, the role of education in countering terrorism, the media in the strategies of terrorist organizations, prevention of mass shootings and active shooter situations, radicalization and recruitment to terrorist organizations in the Information Age and more. In result of the internship, book entitled “Security and Society in the Information Age” was published, containing papers written by the interns, academics and experts on security issues – the book is avaliable in PDF format: Security and Society in the Information Age

PROGRAM “EVERYBODY IS AN ASSET IN ANTI-TERRORISM SYSTEM”

Implementation of the internal research project “Everybody is an asset in the anti-terrorism system” is an essential aspect of the current activities of the Terrorism Studies Center.

The creation of the program is linked to the Center’s growing conviction that without the involvement and the potential of individual citizens, the fight against terrorism is impossible. The idea behind the project is that everyone can contribute to counteracting terrorist threats – provided that they receive proper tools in the form of knowledge, skills and attitude.

This development of mechanisms for transmitting such tools is the overarching purpose of the program. It is implemented through research regarding opportunities for training and development of the knowledge and skills of citizens, officers and employees of security services and institutions and those responsible for private sector security.

Implementation of the program is focused mainly on the development of training models and ways of their realisation within the organisation in a way that allows transferring as much knowledge and skills as possible.

 

DIRECTOR OF THE TERRORISM RESEARCH CENTER

Krzysztof Liedel, PhD (military sciences, specialisation security management), lawyer, an expert in the area of international terrorism and counterterrorism and information warfare, a researcher in the field of information analysis (with focus on decision analysis). Trainee of US National Counterterrorism Center. Former Head of the Unit for Terrorism Combating in the Public Security Department of Ministry of Interior and Administration and Director of Legal and Non-Military Affairs Department of National Security Bureau. Head of Information Analysis Institute in Collegium Civitas, Director of Terrorism Studies Center. Lecturer in Collegium Civitas and Warsaw University. Author and co-author of multiple publications regarding international terrorism and counterterrorism, information warfare and also information analysis.

 

CENTER’S LEADERSHIP:

Deputy Director – Dr. Paulina Piasecka

Trainings Coordinator  – Andrzej Mroczek

Scientific Projects Coordinator – Dr. Katarzyna Maniszewska

Open Sources Research Team Coordinator – Dr. Tomasz Serafin