Introduction of the Professional Doctorate (DProf) in International Relations

The new Professional Doctorate (DProf) in International Relations offers a more flexible and attractive programme of research study to those students working in a professional capacity.
Undertaken on a part-time basis, professional practice is at the heart of the DProf, which is open to experienced professionals who are employed in any area of work, including those in emerging professions and disciplines.
Key features include:
• the degree has a practice based rather than an exclusively institutional focus
• candidates are normally working while completing the doctorate and already possess significant professional experience
• successful completion of the degree normally leads to professional and/or organisational change that is often direct, rather than achieved through the implementation of subsequent research findings


Bernhard Blumenau - Unholy Alliance: The Connection between the East German Stasi and the Right-Wing Terrorist Odfried Hepp

Bernhard Blumenau (2018) Unholy Alliance: The Connection between the East German Stasi and the Right-Wing Terrorist Odfried Hepp, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1471969

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This article, providing an example of state support for terrorists, looks at the cooperation between the Stasi and the right-wing West German terrorist Odfried Hepp in the 1980s. Based on research in Stasi archives, the article explains that gathering information, rather than using him as a terrorist weapon in the Cold War, was the main motivator for the Stasi to cooperate with a high-profile neo-Nazi. By looking at the details of the Hepp-Stasi alliance, it assesses what forms, results, and dangers this relationship produced. The article challenges the myth of the all-mighty East German State Security and demonstrates that the dynamics of this alliance were not always in the Stasi's favour. In the absence of other instruments of coercion, the Stasi used the personal relationship between Hepp and his officers to control him. The article offers insights into Hepps's terrorist career but also the pragmatic way in which the Stasi built its network of informants outside the GDR. It also adds nuances to the understanding of the relationship between Socialist states and terrorists during the Cold War.


Book Review - Atlas of the Irish Revolution

John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy (eds.), Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork University Press, 2017), 964 pages, Hardback, €59.00
ISBN 9781782051176

Reviewed by Dr Tim Wilson


New Podcast Series Marking the 20th Anniversary of the 'Good Friday Agreement'


On 10 April 2018 we mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 'Good Friday' Agreement, the historic peace deal that ended nearly 30 years of conflict, a period known as the 'Troubles', in Northern Ireland.

This month's series on Northern Ireland traces the long history of the Northern Irish conflict, and explores how the peace process is bedding down 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement.

In our first podcast, Roots, Dr Tim Wilson, Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews, takes us from the plantation of Ulster in the 17th century to the suspension of Home Rule during the First World War.

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Dr Tim Wilson continues the history of the Northern Irish conflict, taking us from the end of the First World War, when the British government turned once again to the Irish question, through a turbulent 20th century that ended with the historic 'Good Friday' Agreement and began the peace process we know today.


Dr Kieran McConaghy, Lecturer at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews, talks about growing up in County Armagh, making sense of different political narratives, and how the state's response to political violence shaped the Northern Irish conflict.


We travel to Belfast to hear from those who lived through and were involved in the Troubles. We ask how the 'Good Friday' Agreement has changed everyday life for them, about their experience of the peace process - the challenges and the successes - and how they see the future of Northern Ireland.


The series can also be accessed via iTunes

Graduate Conference on Terrorism and Political Violence - Provisional Programme

Provisional Programme

In light of the storm and associated Red Warning, the schedule for the CSTPV Postgraduate Conference has been amended:

Thursday’s panels will now be moved to Friday, 2nd March and all scheduled panels will run on that day — registration opens at 9:30am in Parliament Hall.

The public lecture scheduled for
tomorrow evening (Thursday, 1st March), with Professor Scott Straus, will go ahead as scheduled, at 5:15pm in Parliament Hall.