International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism
The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) is a non-profit organization
Non-profit organization
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 located at the Interdisciplinary Center
Interdisciplinary Center
The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya is a private Israeli college located in Herzliya, Israel.The languages of instruction in the Interdisciplinary Center are Hebrew and English.-History:...

 (IDC), Herzliya
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, Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...

. The ICT was 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. ICT is an independent think tank
Think tank
A think tank is an organization that conducts research and engages in advocacy in areas such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, and technology issues. Most think tanks are non-profit organizations, which some countries such as the United States and Canada provide with tax...

 providing expertise in terrorism
Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no universally agreed, legally binding, criminal law definition...

, counter-terrorism
Counter-terrorism is the practices, tactics, techniques, and strategies that governments, militaries, police departments and corporations adopt to prevent or in response to terrorist threats and/or acts, both real and imputed.The tactic of terrorism is available to insurgents and governments...

, homeland security
Homeland security
Homeland security is an umbrella term for security efforts to protect states against terrorist activity. Specifically, is a concerted national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the U.S., reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do...

, threat vulnerability and risk assessment
Risk assessment
Risk assessment is a step in a risk management procedure. Risk assessment is the determination of quantitative or qualitative value of risk related to a concrete situation and a recognized threat...

, intelligence analysis
Intelligence analysis
Intelligence analysis is the process of taking known information about situations and entities of strategic, operational, or tactical importance, characterizing the known, and, with appropriate statements of probability, the future actions in those situations and by those entities...

 and national security
National security
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 and defense policy."
"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."


Among ICT's 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
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 research database
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 on the Internet of terrorist organizations, activists and incidents from 1988 to the present time.

The ICT's reporting has been mentioned by The Village Voice
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, USA Today
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, and Asian Tribune
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As its objectives, the ICT lists:
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.


One of the founders, Dr. Boaz Ganor
Boaz Ganor
Dr. Boaz Ganor is the deputy dean of the Lauder School of Government and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center. He is also the founder and the Executive Director of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism...

, 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. Dr. Boaz Ganor returned to the Executive Director position in late 2006. Dr. Eitan Azani serves as ICT's Deputy Director.


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