Established in 1994 by GWU’s Terrorism Studies Program, the activities of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies (IUCTS) are guided by an International Research Council that offers recommendations for study on different aspects of terrorism, both conventional and unconventional. IUCTS is affiliated with universities and think tanks in over 40 countries. It is jointly administered by the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies at the International Law Institute (Washington, DC), and the International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (Arlington, VA).
There exists the need to educate policy-makers, and the public in general, on the nature and intensity of the terrorism threat in the twenty-first century. As a member of the academic and research community, the IUCTS has an intellectual obligation, as well as a moral and practical responsibility, to participate in the international effort to arrest the virus of terrorism. The purpose of IUCTS, therefore, is four-fold:
- To monitor current and future threats of terrorism;
- To develop response strategies on governmental and non-governmental levels;
- To effect continual communication with policy-makers, academic institutions, business, media, and civic organizations;
- To sponsor research programs on critical issues, particularly those relating enabling technologies with policy, and share the findings nationally and internationally.