Enemy Threat Doctrine of Global Jihadism

This course will analyze in depth the context in which this politico-religious ideology was born, how it evolved and the core texts that inform today's enemies of the United States. Students will become familiar with the worldview of the Salafi Jihadists typified by Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, understand their violent, non-violent and indirect strategies and allow them to formulate their version of the appropriate response to the current irregular threat environment. Students will also assess how well the U.S. Government understands this new foe and whether its response to date has been adequate.

Semester Available


Fall Semester
Summer Semester

Principal Professor


   Sebastian Gorka
Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare; Vice President for National Security Support {read more}
   Douglas E. Streusand
Professor, Marine Corps Command & Staff College {read more}