Malicious Networks

National Security College | Professional course


Malicious Networks examines how globalisation and the communications revolution have empowered transnational networks of terrorists and criminals in their capacity to threaten national security. It covers network theory, the varieties of terrorist and crime organisations, and the responses of states and international bodies to terrorist and criminal networks.

Course date: 
9am–5pm 23 September 2017
9am–5pm 14 October 2017
Acton Theatre Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$1,208 (plus GST)

Course overview

This course is a new opportunity for professional development. It will consider approaches that law enforcement agencies and the military can take to target malicious networks.

The content will be new research and relevant to professionals in the fields of policy and operations. Sessions will be delivered by leading international researchers, including Dr Colin Clarke (RAND), JM Berger (International Center for Counter-Terrorism, the Hague), and Dr Craig Whiteside (Naval War College, US). You will have the opportunity to mix and debate with researchers, graduate students and other national security practitioners.

Current national security professionals are invited to attend the two single day intensives drawn from the National Security College’s post-graduate program. The intensive sessions will be full day programs, commencing at 9am, on Saturday 23 September and Saturday 14 October 2017. The intensive sessions will be held in the Acton Theatre, Crawford Building, ANU.

Taking this program as professional development does not count towards an academic qualification. Unless you are enrolled in NSPO8017 for Semester 2 2017 this course will not count for academic credit.

Course convenor

Dr Haroro Ingram

Dr Haroro J Ingram is a research fellow with the Department of International Relations in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. His primary postdoctoral research project analyses the role of propaganda in the strategies of violent non-state political movements with Islamic State and the Afghan Taliban as major case studies. This three-year project is funded by the Australian Research Council under is Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). As a research associate with the International Centre for Counter-terrorism (ICCT, The Hague), Ingram is working on the Counter-terrorism Strategic Communications (CTSC) Project team and has authored or co-authored several articles on a range of topics related to how best to understand and counter extremist propaganda.

Ingram’s research draws heavily on primary source materials, most of which is collected during periods of fieldwork in South Asia (Afghanistan) and the Middle East (Iraq). He has interviewed civilians as well as current and former activists and fighters from Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya and Syria. His field research has also included interviews with current and former counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operatives. Ingram is currently a research associate with the International Centre for Counter-terrorism (ICCT) in The Hague and a Visiting Fellow with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Defense Analysis Department (Monterey, California). Prior to accepting his current role with the Australian National University, Ingram worked in a variety of national security roles.

Course presenter(s)

J M Berger

J M Berger is an Associate Fellow at International Centre for Counter-terrorism in the Hague. He is a researcher, analyst and consultant, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and use of social media. Berger is co-author of the critically acclaimed ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern and author of Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam. Berger publishes the web site and has written for Politico, The Atlantic and Foreign Policy, among others. He was previously a Fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, a Non-resident Fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

Dr Colin P Clarke

Dr Colin P. Clarke is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where his research focuses on terrorism, insurgency and criminal networks. At RAND, Clarke has directed studies on ISIS financing, the future of terrorism and transnational crime, and lessons learned from all insurgencies between the end of WWII and 2009. In addition to his work at RAND, he is an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)-The Hague, in the Netherlands, and a lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches courses on terrorism, insurgency and the future of warfare.

Dr Craig Whiteside

Dr. Craig Whiteside is an Associate Professor at the Naval War College Monterey, California where he teaches national security affairs to military officers as part of their professional military education.
He is a senior associate with the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and lectures at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School. Whiteside’s current research focuses on the doctrinal influences of the leadership of the Islamic State movement, the evolution of its political-military doctrine since 1999, and the tribal engagement strategy that fueled its return since 2008. His doctoral research investigated the political worldview of the Islamic State of Iraq (2003-2013), relying on an analysis of over 3,000 original documents published by the movement as well as captured documents that have been recently declassified. Prior to his doctoral work, he was a U.S. Army officer with counterinsurgency experience in Iraq from 2006-7.

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