Olympia Summer Academy - Terrorism and Counterterrorism, 9 - 14 July 2017, Greece

Publish Date: Jan 11, 2017

Deadline: May 03, 2017

Event Dates: from Jul 09, 2017 06:17 to Jul 14, 2017 06:17

 Terrorism and Counterterrorism

July 9-14, 2017

Terrorism, and our response to it, is among the most compelling of global political issues: it dominates news headlines, public anxiety, and political strategies alike. Yet few attempt to analyze systematically this pressing phenomenon. Surely, no amount of analytical precision will rid us of the existence of terrorism, but if we want to respond effectively to the policy challenge that it poses we need first to respond effectively to its analytical challenge. To this end, the course seeks to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in the study of terrorism, while also debating whether there is a significant continuity or transformation in terrorist behavior. Topics that will be covered include: the place of terrorism within the broader context of political violence; the causes of terrorism; the inherent difficulties in defining terrorism and compiling reliable data on terrorist attacks; the distinction between ‘old’ and ‘new’ terrorism; the politics of terrorist risk perception; the global war on terror and counterterrorism. An integral part of the course is a workshop where students can present their ongoing research and receive feedback from faculty and peers.

The faculty includes:

  • Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, where he is also Professor of Politics and Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.
  • Andreas Gofas, Jean Monnet Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute; and Assistant Professor of International Relations at Panteion University of Athens.
  • Stathis Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science, Yale University; Director of Yale’s Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence; author of The Logic of Violence in Civil War.
  • Harry Papasotiriou, Professor of International Politics, Panteion University of Athens; IIR Director.

How to apply

Applicants should be (post-) graduate students working towards Masters or Ph.D. degrees, but we usually admit some advanced undergraduates, as well as researchers and practitioners. All applicants should be fluent in English.

The application should include the following material:

1) a completed application form - https://armacad.info/images/announcements/2015/02/January%202017/OSA_2017_Application.doc-345a8.doc
2) a copy of your CV; and,
3) a letter of recommendation.

Please download the application form (see below) and submit it electronically. Places are limited and will be awarded on merit.

The deadline is May 3, 2017 and decisions will be mailed out by May 10, 2017. Early applications, especially for those seeking financial aid, are strongly encouraged. Please also note that early applications submitted by March 3, 2017, will receive a 50€ discount on the registration fee.

Admitted foreign students will be provided with all necessary documentation in support of a visa application, if this is needed.

For further inquiries please contact Ms. Aspa Kyriaki:
E: olympia@navarinonetwork.org | T: +30 2310 260 322 | F: +30 2310 260 332

Fees and Scholarships

There is a 150€ non-refundable registration fee to be paid in advance of the Academy to secure a place, in accordance with the instructions provided in the letter of admission. Those wishing to attend two cycles (one from Group I and one from Group II) do not have to pay the registration fee twice.

Early applications submitted by March 3, 2017, will receive a 50€ discount on the registration fee.

Tuition and board charges are for


These tuition and board charges are IN ADDITION to the registration fee and cover:

  • shared accommodation in a double occupancy room with breakfast,
  • electronic access to all the reading material,
  • excursions, cultural, social and extra curricular activities, and
  • transportation from “Athens International Airport” to Nafplio and back.

A limited number of single rooms is available and can be provided at an additional charge of 50€ per night.

OSA Scholarships

For qualified applicants who can only attend one short cycle (half the program of the Academy) some financial aid of 150€ might be also provided on a merit and need basis.

Moreover, the Olympia Summer Academy offers a number of scholarships of 500€ each. These scholarships are open to all applicants and will be awarded on a merit and need basis.


•  Eligible to apply for an OSA scholarship are those who stay for the whole duration of the summer program, i.e. either students who attend Cycle A or those who attend two of the shorter Cycles (one from Group I and one of Group II).

•  The OSA will automatically award its scholarship to all PhD candidates, who stay for the whole duration of the summer program and are members of the European International Studies Association 

We encourage all students to search also for outside funding to cover their fees and/or travel expenses, by exploring funding opportunities available through their home universities and local non-governmental organizations.

All participants are expected to pay for their own travel to and from Athens.

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