Dan Husbands - Imbert Dissertation Prize Winner 2018

We are delighted to announce that on Friday 6th July at the Association of Security Consultants (ASC) dinner at the House of Lords, Dan Husbands won the Imbert Dissertation Prize against competition from 5 other universities. His 2017 masters dissertation 'The Sisters of Sham: An Analysis of the Role of Women in ISIL and their complicity in violence' was praised by the ASC judges for the striking originality of its insights. Director Tim Wilson commented: 'Dan's dissertation was a huge achievement that directly advanced our understanding of why women might join ISIL: a phenomenon that has all too frequently been sensationalised and trivialised. My warmest congratulations go to him, as well as to his supervisor Dr Bernhard Blumenau. We are grateful to ASC for recognising the worth of St Andrews postgraduate research at its very best.



Dan Husbands with CSTPV Director Tim Wilson

Book review: Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II by Tarak Barkawi

About: ‘Regular soldiering and combat are human potentials, not evidence of cultural or national essences, as much writing on armies imagines’. Tarak Barkawi’s book, Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II, is a counter-argument to conventional thinking by arguing just this. The key questions are ‘how are soldiers made?’ and ‘why do they fight?’. More broadly, the book explores the consequences of allowing a nation to frame and contain how we comprehend the ‘passions and energies’ of military service. It is essential reading for anyone seeking to benefit from the annals of soldiering history. What Barkawi’s research adds to the field is evidence of limitations on the histories of armed forces and warfare that are crafted within the often-imposed categories of nation and modernity. The book identifies the problem of similarity and difference in military behaviour and uses post-colonial critique to understand it.


"Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II." The RUSI Journal, 163(2), pp. 104–105. Read the review here.

Sneha Reddy is a PhD candidate at CSTPV

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