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Project Abstract

The Global CT Institute online curriculum project began as a desire to build a program in countering terrorism on a global scale. Using the North American Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Counter-Terrorism Reference Curriculum, our goal was to seek collaboration in order to develop a certificate program in the field of counter-terrorism and policing.  NATO’s counter-terrorism efforts have been at the forefront of three consecutive NATO Summits, including the recent 2019 Leaders’ Meeting in London, with the precise political imperative for the Alliance to address a persistent global threat that knows no border, nationality, or religion. 

NATO’s determination and solidarity in fighting the evolving challenge posed by terrorism have continuously increased since the Alliance invoked its collective defense clause for the first time in response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States of America. NATO has gained much experience in countering terrorism from its missions and operations. However, NATO cannot defeat terrorism on its own. Fortunately, we do not stand alone. One of the strengths the Alliance can build upon is our engagement with the global network of partner countries and other international organizations that bring in a wealth of experience and knowledge. See also team members for our instructor and faculty above.


Program Conception and Master's (MISS Degree)

Our Diploma programs consists of two models centered in Criminal Justice with Investigations and International Security Studies. Material was developed using current Criminal Justice practices combined with additional material and a Major Research Project to form a Master's in International Security Studies (MISS) degree. This degree will be conferred upon completion through Global CT Institute (GCTI-LLC) and Paris Graduate School- Innovative Knowledge Institute (PGS-IKI). You will find more information on the courses and programs under the diploma and masters tab above.


Diploma in Criminal Justice with Investigation

Crime and justice have impacted on the society around the world as well as the media over the number of years. This diploma will cover most aspects of the role and functions of the criminal justice system and examines the relationship between the law and human rights. In addition, the course will explore issues relating to contemporary policing and policing procedures that may have an impact on the society as well as the relationship between the police and the communities at large. You will gain critical analysis on the crime, human rights, criminal justice and policing and gain knowledge on the institutions that form the part of the criminal justice system. The course will also look at significant developments made within the criminal justice system.

Diploma in International Security Studies

The course will introduce students to the main theories and approaches to security through historical and contemporary security issues. The field of security studies has widened significantly over the past 25 years, moving from purely military questions to other issues such as the environment or migration, and from a systemic or state-level understanding to society and the individual (human security). The course starts by first engaging with how scholarly and practical understandings of security have evolved in the past decades. In order to do so, the course explores some key scholarly developments in the evolution of security studies, most notably by showcasing the difference between more traditional rationalist approaches with constructivist and critical ones.

The course then explores the conceptual and empirical meaning of 'security' through a number of key issues and topics, including the changing nature of war, the security implications of new technologies such as drones and cyber weapons, private security companies, counter-terrorism and risk. The goal is to explore what these developing areas of empirical security research mean for the concept of 'security', how different theoretical lenses help us to answer empirical research questions in different ways, how 'new' approaches to security relate to 'traditional' approaches and develop an appreciation of ongoing limitations and challenges in the field.


The Counter-Terrorism Reference Curriculum (CTRC) is the result of a collaborative multinational team of volunteers drawn from Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. As part of the Partnership for Peace Consortiums (PfPC) Combating Terrorism Working Group (CTWG), academics and researchers, as well as practitioners from governmental bodies, law enforcement, and the armed forces combined to create this document. We aim to produce a nuanced and broad approach to understanding the concepts of terrorism and counter-terrorism by looking at past, present, and thoroughly research projects in problems to understand the current dilemmas to try and anticipate future challenges.

Diploma In Medico-Legal Forensics 
We have begun the addition of a Forensics program due to open late February early March in Medico-Legal Studies. This course examines the rudimentary concepts of forensic science through advanced scientific crime-solving techniques. Topics include forensic anthropology; odontology; radiology; serology; DNA tracing; medical examiner procedures; wound ballistics; and trauma examinations.

ESL Outreach
Working in global areas require different language and cultural expectations with a Beginning Arabic Language course and additional ESL coursework. Our programs are online, safe and reachable, and affordable to almost everyone by scholarship and depending on Statement of Need we offer low cost enrollment with government and agency discounts. This program is needed in most regions as terrorism, violence, and extremism do not understand borders. 

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The Global Counter-Terrorism Institute (GCTI) is an international level, operationally and academically independent, non-partisan institution. GCTI promotes quality research and in-depth studies about issues like terrorism, human security, cybersecurity, violence, and extremism, and develops them into an online curriculum program of Diplomas and a Master’s Degree in International Security Studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and Human Security Studies.


The Global Counter-Terrorism Institute aims to shape intellectual discourse and dialogue, and impact education uniquely by developing an online educational curriculum. The Institute will translate the North American Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Counter-Terrorism Reference Guide (CTRG) into “action” through research, data gathering, polling, and academic partnerships; passion in civic education, training, and development; organizing on-the-ground issue-based facilitation with “Train the Trainer”-type embedded training teams globally within educational academies, colleges, and institutions, as per requirements or remote with online Instruction globally.

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