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Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV)


  •  The Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), established in 1994, is an independent academic research centre within the School of International Relations of the University of St. Andrews.
  • CSTPV is dedicated to the study of the determinants, manifestations and consequences of terrorism and other forms of political violence. In addition, CSTPV investigates the responses of states, civil society and international organisations to violent modes of waging conflict.
  • As a basis of its work, CSTPV maintains databases, collects and analyses documents of militant and terrorist groups, and engages in the systematic evaluation of responses to terrorism.
  • Furthermore, the Centre conducts contract research for foundations as well as national and international bodies and organisations. In doing so, it is committed to rigorous, evidence-based scientific analysis that is policy-relevant but not supporting any particular partisan policy.
  • CSTPV seeks to provide, within its area of expertise, high-quality education to students at the University of St. Andrews and, beyond that, through its training sessions, conferences and its e-learning programme, to a wider public. In their teaching, CSTPV staff seek to familiarise students with the latest research findings, ensure that they acquire a sound basis in scientific methodology, and foster critical thinking.
  • CSTPV’s research and teaching are grounded in a belief in public service, global responsibility and the desire to contribute to the enhancement of human security.