Javier Argomaniz, Lecturer


Javier Argomaniz is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), where he has published widely on the subject of state, non-state and civilian responses to political violence. His work has been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Cooperation and Conflict, Intelligence and National Security and a number of other peer-reviewed journals.

He has co-directed two separate international and multi-disciplinary projects funded by the EU on the needs of victims of terrorism and the role of victims in the prevention of conflict.

Dr Argomaniz is the author of Post–9/11 European Union counter-terrorism: Politics, Polity and Policies (Routledge, 2011) and co-editor and contributor to:

  • Victims of terrorism. A comparative and Interdisciplinary Study (Routledge, 2014)
  • International Perspectives on Terrorism Victimisation. An Interdisciplinary Approach (Palgrave, 2015)
  • EU Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence: A Critical Assessment (Routledge, 2016).

Research areas

Dr Argomaniz's primary research interest is terrorism and political violence in Europe. His research has focused on international cooperation against terrorism and, more specifically, how the European Union has responded to transnational threats.

He is also interested in the consequences of political violence, the relationship between victimhood and radicalisation and the social and political framing of victims of political violence.

Lastly, a further research interest is patterns and trends in political violence and their study through the use of statistical modelling techniques.



  • (2016) EU Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence: A Critical Assessment (London: Routledge) (with Bures, O., Kaunert, C. (eds.)).
  • (2015) International Perspectives on Terrorist Victimisation. An Interdisciplinary Approach (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) (with Lynch, O. (eds.)).
  • (2014) Victims of Terrorism. A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Study (London: Routledge) (with Lynch, O. (eds.)).
  • (2011) Post–9/11 European Union Counter-terrorism: Politics, Polity and Policies (London: Routledge).

Special issues

  • (2015) A Decade of EU Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence: A Critical Assessment, Intelligence and National Security (with Kaunert, C., Bures, O.).
  • (2010) El Espacio de Libertad, Seguridad y Justicia de la UE. Un balance entre presidencias españolas (2002–2010) (Revista CIDOB D’Affairs Internacionals, 91) (with Bermejo, R.).


  • (2016) ‘Political Resilience and EU Responses to Aviation Terrorism’ (Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 39:4, 363–379) (with Lehr, P.).
  • (2015) ‘The European Union Policies on the Protection of Infrastructure from terrorist Attacks: A critical Assessment’ (Intelligence and National Security, 30: 2–3, 259–280).
  • (2015) ‘European Union responses to terrorist use of the Internet’ (Cooperation and Conflict, 50:2, 250–268).
  • (2015) ‘Examining Deterrence and Backlash Effects in Counter-Terrorism: The Case of ETA’ (Terrorism and Political Violence, 27:1, 160–181) (with Vidal-Diez, A.)
  • (2012) ‘A rhetorical spill-over? Exploring the link between the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the External Dimension in EU Counter-terrorism’ (European Foreign Affairs Review, 17, Special Issue, 35–52).
  • (2010) ‘Before and After Lisbon: Legal implementation as the ‘Achilles Heel’ in EU Counter-terrorism?’ (European Security, 19:2, 297–316).
  • (2009) ‘Post–9/11 institutionalisation of European Union Counter-terrorism: Emergence, Acceleration and Inertia’ (European Security, 18: 2, 151 - 172).
  • (2009) ‘The Passenger Name Records agreement and the European Union internalisation of US Border Security norms’ (Journal of European Integration, 31:1,119–136).
  • (2007) ‘The Effects of closed circuit television on crime: meta-analysis of an English national quasi-experimental multi-Site evaluation’ (Journal of Experimental Criminology, 3, 21–38, March 2007) (with Farrington, D., Gill, M. & Waples S.).

Book chapters

  • (2015) ‘State Responses to Victims of Terrorism Needs in Spain’ in J. Argomaniz and O. Lynch (eds.) International Perspectives on Terrorist Victimisation. An Interdisciplinary Approach (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • (2015) ‘European Instruments Concerning Victims of Terrorism Rights: Meeting Needs?’ in O. Lynch and J. Argomaniz (eds.) Victims of Terrorism. A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Study (London: Routledge).
  • (2015) ‘Meeting the Needs of Victims of Terrorism – Lessons for the International Context’ in O. Lynch and J. Argomaniz (eds.) Victims of Terrorism. A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Study (London: Routledge) (with Lynch, O.).
  • (2015) ‘Best Practice Recommendations For Supporting Victims of Terrorism’ in O. Lynch and J. Argomaniz (eds.) Victims of Terrorism. A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Study (London: Routledge) (with Lynch, O.; Serrano, A.; Carmel, J. and Alonso, R.).
  • (2013) ‘Obstacles to International Action Against State Terror in the Post-Cold War International System’ in G. Duncan, O. Lynch, G. Ramsay, A. Watson (eds) State Terrorism and Human Rights (London: Routledge) (with Lehr, P.).
  • (2012) ‘Terrorism’ in S. Biscop and R. Whitman (eds.) Handbook of European Security (London: Routledge) (with Rees, W.).
  • (2012) ‘A ‘coordination nightmare’?: Institutional Coherence in European Union Counter-Terrorism’ in C.Kaunert, S. Leonard and P. Pawlak (eds.) European Homeland Security A European strategy in the making? (London: Routledge).


  • (2015) The Victimisation Experience and the Radicalisation Process; An Understanding of the Perpetrator-Victim Complex in the case of Terrorism and Political Violence. (European Commission, Project Report) (with Lynch, O., et al.).
  • (2013) Good Practices in the Provision of Support Initiatives to Victims of Terrorism. Lessons from the case of the UK and Spain (European Commission, Project Report) (with Lynch, O., et al.).
  • (2012) ‘Counter-terrorism Measures in Response to Terrorist Innovation’ in M.M. Hafez and M.J. Rasmussen Terrorist Innovations in Weapons of Mass Effect, Phase II (US Naval Postgraduate School, Workshop Report).
  • (2010) ‘The European Union post 9/11 counter-terror policy response: an overview’ (RIEAS Research Paper, 140, February).


Current modules:

  • Research Methods (IR5902)
  • Research in International Relations (Lectures on ‘Quantitative and Qualitative Methods’) (IR5601).

Past modules:

  • International Law and Terrorism (IR5920)
  • Terrorism and Liberal Democracy (Lectures on ‘Counter-terrorism and the European Union’) (IR5007)
  • Regional Security (Lectures on ‘Europe’) (IR5003)
  • International Terrorism (Lectures on ‘Counter-terrorism’ and ‘Terrorism and Liberal Democracy’) (IR3008).

Research students

First supervisor

  • Olivier Lewis: ‘Transatlantic counter-terrorism since 9/11 – Why state approaches to cooperation differ’
  • Lina Malagon: ‘Victims’ movements and their impact on the construction of democracy: the cases of Colombia and Spain’.

Second supervisor

  • Andre Python: ‘Assessing European cities’ vulnerability to terrorist attacks with a statistical model’ (with Dr. Illian)
  • Surekha Talari: ‘Measuring Effectiveness of Counter-Terrorism Legislations’ (with Dr. Lehr)
  • Jürgen Brandsch: ‘Violence against Civilians in Armed Conflicts – An Investigation of Indiscriminate Violence’ (with Dr. Wilson).

PhD supervision topics

Dr Argomaniz is willing to supervise students working on:

  • terrorism and political Violence
  • counter-terrorism
  • international organisations
  • european security.

Further information


Dr Argomaniz has been a contributor to news reports on political violence in Europe by the BBC, Boston Globe, L’Express, Haaretz, Hürriyet, Reforma and other international media organisations. He is available for comment on the following topics: 

  • terrorism and counter-terrorism in Spain
  • Basque politics and nationalism
  • European Union security policies
  • international cooperation in counter-terrorism.

Recent invited talks (brief selection)

  • The European experience related to the role of Victims of Terrorism and Civil Society in Countering the Terrorist Narrative, UNODC workshop on ‘Strengthening National Legal Frameworks for the Protection and Support of Victims and Witnesses of Terrorism’, Male (Maldives), 17 August 2016 to 18 August 2016.
  • The Rights of Victims of Terrorism Within the Criminal Justice System – Lessons from the Spanish Experience, UN Conference on the Human Rights of Victims of Terrorism, United Nations, New York, 11 February 2016.
  • Civil Resistance to ETA terrorism in Basque Country, Nonviolent Strategies in Violent Settings Conference, University of Denver, 2 April 2015.
  • The Challenge of a Common response: How the EU Fights Terrorism, Holy Spirit University Kaslik - USEK (Lebanon), 26 February 2015.
  • La Evolución de la Cooperación Antiterrorista en la Unión Europea, IX curso internacional sobre terrorismo yihadista: La amenaza diez años después del 11-M, Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain), 8 July 2014.
  • Social Network Analysis and the disruption of terrorist networks & Victims of Terrorism Needs, NATO School - Defence Against Terrorism Course, Oberammergau, 25 November 2013 to 29 November 2013 and 9 June 2014 to 13 June 2014.
  • EU Aviation security policies in a post–9/11 environment, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki, 22 November 2013.
  • Victims of terrorism: Individual and Social Needs, School of Politics Research Seminar, University of Dundee, 22 November 2012.
  • Terrorist Use of the Internet and the EU: Regional Responses to a Global Problem, European Internal Security Conference, European University Institute, Florence, 23 April 2012 to 25 April 2012.
  • The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the EU’s Fight Against Terrorism, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 22 November 2010 to 23 November 2010 and 21 March 2011 to 22 March 2011.

Editorial positions

Reviewer for:

  • International Security
  • Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Cambridge Review of International Affairs
  • European Security
  • Global Constitutionalism
  • Perspectives on European Politics and Society
  • Political Studies
  • Journal of Common Market Studies
  • Journal of Conflict Resolution, and others.

Monograph reviewer for:

  • Routledge (Law)
  • Manchester University Press (Politics)
  • Ashgate Publishing (Politics and International Relations).