Monterey Terrorism Research & Education Program

Terrorism Studies Club

The Terrorism Studies Club (TSC) is a student organization at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies that seeks to enrich its members through a series of educational, professional, and social events. By providing a positive and multifaceted support environment, the Terrorism Studies Club aims to assist students in fulfilling their highest academic potential and embarking on successful careers as security and counterterrorism professionals.

Speaker Series

The Terrorism Studies Club hosts a brown-bag lunch speaker series, sponsored by MonTREP. This series invites professionals in fields related to terrorism studies to give hour-long lunch-time presentations about their career and work in the field.

Upcoming Dates

Terrorism Studies Club meetings for 2015 will be held on the 1st Thursday of every month unless otherwise specified. Stay tuned for a great line up of speakers on regional terrorism and counterterrorism related issues.

Feb. 12, 2015


McGowan 102

Dr. Kaley (Gunner) Sepp from the Navel Postgraduate School will be speaking about Irregular Warfare.

March 5, 2015

12:00-1:30PM Morse B104 Dr. Michael Freeman, "The Coercion Paradox and Counterterrorism"

April 2, 2015

12:00-1:30PM Morse B104 Dr. Mahmood Monshipouri"Protests and Information Politics in the Digital Age."

May 7, 2015

12:00-1:30PM Morse B104 Speaker TBA

Executive Board

Leslie Wukstich, President

Leslie Wukstich is Masters candidate in the Non-proliferation and Terrorism Studies program specializing in terrorism and counterterrorism issues with a special focus on Asia. She earned double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Chinese language and China Studies from the University of Washington in 2006, within which she focused on Chinese minority studies and comparative religion with an emphasis on East Asia. She is also interested in the growing role of cyber security and the role of open-source intelligence (OSINT) within the intelligence community as well as counter threat finance. She is currently working as the graduate Communications Manager for the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program and as a Research Assistant at the East Asia Non-Proliferation program at CNS.

Amaury Crucy, Vice President

Amaury Crucy is a second year student in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Master program. Originally from Paris, France, Amaury graduated Valedictorian with a B.A in Political Science from BYU-Idaho in July 2013. There he focused on foreign affairs with a regional emphasis on the East-Asian peninsula. As part of his undergraduate studies, he worked as an intern for the European Company for Strategic Intelligence, a private contractor for the French ministry of Defense. At the Institute, Amaury works at the President’s office and the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Amaury is currently specializing in CBRN terrorism and plans to get a PhD in that field upon completing his masters. 

Marc Elliott, Communications Manager

Marc Elliott is a Masters Candidate in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies program, specializing in terrorism and counterterrorism issues with a special focus on the Arabic-speaking world. Marc earned an Honors B.A. in History from San Francisco State University in 2013, minoring in Middle East and Islamic Studies. He focused his undergraduate studies on the history of the Muslim world, international relations in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Arabic language. His current interests at MIIS include the analysis of open-source intelligence (OSINT) as a means to track terrorist funding and support networks. He is currently a researcher for the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program, focusing on the trafficking of looted antiquities as a means of funding for terrorist and insurgent groups. Marc is also serves as the Communications Manager for the MIIS Terrorism Studies Club.

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