Monterey Terrorism Research & Education Program

Terrorism Studies Club

The Terrorism Studies Club (TSC) is a student organization at the Monterey 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 Fall 2014 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.

November 6, 2014

Location MG102

Terrorism Studies Club Meeting: 'Nationalism versus Islamism in Xinjiang: the Uyghurs of China'

Dr. Tristan Maybry from the Naval Postgraduate School will be speaking about his new book, 'Nationalism, Language and Islam', and the recent events involving the Uyghur population in Xinjiang, China.

November 20, 2014


Location Morse B104

Terrorism Studies Club Meeting: Brigadier General (Ret.) Russell D. Howard

“ISIS/ISIL/IS --- Creating Opportunities from Chaos.”

BG(ret.) Russell D. Howard is the former Director of the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program (MonTREP). He previously served as the Director of the Jebsen Center for Counterterrorism Studies at the Fletcher School, and as the Head of the Department of Social Sciences and the Founding Director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.

General Howard is also a Senior Fellow at Joint Special Operations University. Previously, he served as a Senior Mentor for Development Alternatives Incorporated,  as the President of Howard's Global Solutions, as a Senior Advisor for the Singapore Home Team Academy, and on the Board of Advisers for Laser Shot Incorporated.  General Howard also Commanded the 1st Special Forces Group (ABN).


December 4, 2014

Location TBA

Terrorism Studies Club Meeting

Executive Board


Ruben Gzirian (President)

Ruben Gzirian is a student of counterterrorism, with a particular focus on the security policy of the Russian Federation, and is currently working as a graduate research assistant at the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program. He is focusing on the North Caucasus region within Russia, as well as the Middle East. Ruben earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2009, where he studied U.S. military policy and constitutional law. Ruben is also interested in cyber security and the role of open-source intelligence (OSINT) in the intelligence community. Professionally, Ruben has a background in Islamic radicalization in the Western Balkans and crowd sourced consultancy. In his free time, Ruben enjoys working out and watching English soccer.

Leslie Wukstich (Vice President/Treasurer)

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.


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