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The Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC) conducts in-depth research on terrorism and other forms of extremism.

Formerly known as the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program, CTEC collaborates with world-renowned faculty and their graduate students in the Middlebury Institute’s Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies degree program.

CTEC’s research informs private, government, and multilateral institutional understanding of and responses to terrorism threats.

Areas of Focus

In studying terrorism, other forms of extremism, and state sponsors of terrorism, CTEC’s initial focus is on three crucial areas:

Threat Finance and Sanctions

Working with the Institute’s Financial Crime Management program, CTEC studies and provides expert policy guidance on terrorism, criminal, and nonproliferation-related financing. In addition to counterterrorism financing and counterproliferation financing investigations and regulatory compliance, CTEC’s research highlights cases of sanctions evasion and examines the efficacy of terrorism-related sanctions imposed multilaterally by the U.S. government and other governments.

Extremist Messaging and Terrorist Use of the Internet

CTEC analyzes an array of media platforms to better understand how extremist messaging motivates individuals to carry out acts of violence. CTEC’s research on terrorist use of the Internet enhances both public and private-sector understanding of terrorist recruitment and fundraising.

Special Operations and Countering the Threat of Terrorism

The Special Operations Research Database is housed at CTEC, and our research on the use of special operation forces to counter violent actors informs public understanding.


CTEC is integrated into the curriculum of several Middlebury Institute degree and certificate programs, giving students opportunities to gain real-world work experience as paid research assistants: 

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