POTI-COTISPO resident courses managed by KROSS



This course is designed to offer students an introduction to the complex topic of global terrorism.

The lectures are organized in brainstorming meetings, in which the students will receive a complete view of the following aspects related to terrorism:

  • Nature and Matrices of Terrorism: problems of definition; essential elements and typologies;
  • Structure and Operating:analyses of terrorist tactics, political objectives and motivations;profiles of terrorists; structure and practice of terrorist organizations; terrorist armoury and equipment; types of terrorist acts; targets and victims of terrorism;
  • Protagonists and Geopolitical Areas: A historical-geographical approach (Europe, Middle-East, North Africa, the Americas) and a survey at the current trends;
  • Supporters and Criteria of Monitoring: dilemmas of democratic and international response; terrorism and diplomacy; the problem of state sponsorship and support; problems of international co-operation, including the use of diplomacy, international law and organisation;
  • The Use of Force and Future Threats in Terrorism Worldwide: anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism, police and intelligence measures, war against terrorism; UN, NATO and Terrorism; rethinking security after Sep. 11th and possibly future threats.



This course is organized and designed to offer to the students an understanding of the field of Conflict Resolution and its application to peacekeeping intervention in contemporary international conflicts. The lectures will cover the following topics:

  • The nature of conflict; Key concepts of conflict resolutions;
  • Contemporary conflict dynamics; Conflict mapping;
  • Early warnings and conflict prevention;
  • Peacekeeping and conflict resolution in war zones;
  • Peace settlements and post-conflict peace building;
  • The role of culture in conflict resolution;
  • Gender issue.


This course is designed to offer to the students an introduction to Human Security (HUMSEC) and Civil-military coordination (CIMIC) with the purpose to apply HUMSEC concepts to CIMIC. The theoretical framework is offered by a Critical Security Studies approach in which HUMSEC and CIMIC found their interaction in dealing with “complex emergencies”. For the above reason the course is organized in four models.
  • The first module covers the Critical Security Studies narrative and its evolution with the real world.
  • The second module is dedicated to HUMSEC and covers the whole of the HUMSEC discourse and approach evolution. In this context two case studies will be analysed: Kosovo and illegal immigration in the Mediterranean.
  • The third module, “Complex Emergencies”, deals with the complexity in mapping the system and the role of violence in complex emergencies.
  • The fourth module entitled CIMIC presents how Civil-military coordination provides the interface between the military component of a UN peace operation and the political, humanitarian, developmental, human rights and rule of law components of the mission, as well as others in the larger peacebuilding system.
CIMIC is a crucial function in any complex peace operation because it is a 'force-multiplier' that contributes to the mission achieving a system-wide impact on the conflict system it is attempting to transform. The CIMIC module present at the same time the US Army approach to CIMIC and the case study is “NATO's Comprehensive Approach to Civil - Military Cooperation for Crisis Response Operations Management". Students will find this course useful as it will improve their understanding of the institutional cooperation that needs to occur between mission components, and between the mission and the rest of the system, in order to ensure a sustainable peace process.
Course Leader: Dr. Giovanni Ercolani, POTI Thesis Adviser, e-mail: drercolani [at] yahoo.co.uk


Students will receive the official POTI e-Textbooks:

  1. · Paul Medhurst, Global Terrorism, New York: UNITARPOCI, 2002;
  2. · WOODHOUSE, T., and DUFFEY, T., Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution, New York: UNITARPOCI, 2000;
  3. · Stephen E. Henthorne, Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC), Williamsburg, VA: Peace Operations Training Institute, 2008.
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Earning a Certificate of Completion from the “Peace Operations Training Institute-POTI”

By the end of the course, and upon the payment of a nominal fee, students who have achieved a passing grade of 75% or higher in the POTI courses online final exam(“POTI Global Terrorism Online Final Exam”, “POTI Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution Online Final Exam”, and “POTI CIMIC Online Final Exam”) are awarded a Certificate-of-Completion from the “Peace Operations Training Institute”.

College and ACCP Credits:

The U.S. Army Institute for Professional Development (AIPD) has reviewed POTI Courses and determined they merit Army Correspondence Course Program (ACCP) credits. US personnel who complete POTI courses may have these ACCP credits recorded in their US Army personnel records.

Transfer Credit:

The “American Military University” recognises the POTI Certificates for their undergraduate degree programs: American Military University and POTI

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