International Institute for Counter-Terrorism

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The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) describes itself as a non-profit organization located at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel. The ICT was apparently founded in 1996 and describes itself as "the leading academic institute for counter-terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism. The ICT, which has been characterized by Foreign Affairs as presenting the conservative Israeli perspective,[1] describes itself as "an independent think tank providing expertise in terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, threat vulnerability and risk assessment, intelligence analysis and national security and defense policy."[2] The organisation further states that "all of its efforts and resources are dedicated to approaching the issue of terrorism globally – that is, as a strategic problem that faces not only Israel but other countries as well."[3]

Activities[edit]

Among ICT's stated activities are academic courses, seminars, conferences, research and publication of papers, articles and commentaries, consulting and training, threat assessment, legal assistance, lectures and workshops. The ICT administers the largest public domain research database on the Internet of terrorist organizations, activists and incidents from 1988 to the present time.[citation needed]

The ICT's reporting has been mentioned by The Village Voice,[4] USA Today,[5] and Asian Tribune.[6]

Objectives[edit]

As its objectives, the ICT lists:[3]

Raising Awareness
includes all aspects of counter-terrorism including the psychological effects of acts of terror and the threat of terrorism.
Advising Decision Makers
encourages closer cooperation between different bodies involved in the fight against international terrorism and provides decision-makers with recommendations.
Research
integrates academic knowledge with the practical experience of experts from many fields related to terrorism and counter-terrorism. The Institute conducts applied research concerning the roots of terrorism, its motivations, and causes.

Leadership[edit]

One of the founders, Dr. Boaz Ganor, served as the ICT's Executive Director. In 2004, he was replaced by Col. (res.) Adv. Lior Lotan. Dr. Ganor sits on the ICT's Board of Directors.[7] Dr. Boaz Ganor returned to the Executive Director position in late 2006. Dr. Eitan Azani serves as ICT's Deputy Director.

Funding[edit]

The ICT relies exclusively on private donations and revenue from events, projects and programs.[2]

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