Paul Wilkinson Memorial Fellow
Kacper is an analyst in the security programme of the Polish Institute of International Affairs and also teaches Contemporary Counterterrorism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland. For the duration of the Fellowship, Kacper will be affiliated to CSTPV.
Sponsored by The Airey Neave Trust in memory of the late Professor Paul Wilkinson CBE, Kacper’s research (“Steady As She Goes?” Is No Counterterrorism Effectively The Best Counterterrorism?) looks at how, by the end of 2001, the symbolic beginning of the “global war on terror,” most state actors found themselves under pressure to participate in the global counterterrorism effort. This often entailed not only participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but also counterterrorism activities on the domestic front. Kacper’s research will focus on countries that had been relatively unconcerned with terrorism prior to 2001 and aims to establish whether a correlation exists between countering terrorism in previously “safe” countries and exposure to a more robust terrorist threat. It will thus answer the question of whether counterterrorism has brought more terrorism to a given country, and if perhaps a lack of reactive and externally inspired counterterrorism is in fact the best possible policy of a government that has never before faced a robust terrorist threat.
Kacper’s other main research areas include international terrorism and terrorist organisations. He is also the author of the first comparative analysis of the Irish Republican Army’s factions (Irish Republican Terrorism and Politics: Comparative study of the Official and Provisional IRA), which was published by Routledge in the Political Violence series in 2011. Kacper is also Director of the next year’s NATO Advanced Research Workshop (“The Perseverance of Terrorism: Focus on Leaders”), which will take place in Belgrade, Serbia in April 2013.