JTR, Volume 8, Issue 3 - Published

Journal of Terrorism Research, Volume 8, Issue 3 is now available from the JTR Website

Changing God’s Expectations and Women’s Consequent Behaviours – How ISIS Manipulates “Divine Commandments” to Influence Women’s Role in Jihad
by Fernanda Buril
The Hollow Hierarchy:
Problems of Command and Control in the Provisional IRA
by Antony Field
ISIL’S Battlefield Tactics and the Implications for Homeland Security and Preparedness
by Joshua Tallis, Ryan Bauer, Lauren Frey
Book Reviews
Michele R. McPhee, Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, The FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing (ForeEdge, 2017)
reviewed by Tim Wilson
Michael Griffin. Islamic State: Rewriting History. London: Pluto Press, 2016. 176 pages. $20.00 Paperback
reviewed by Richard C. Dietrich

Dr Peter Krause (Boston College and MIT Security Studies Program) “Rebel Power”

Dr Peter Krause was in St Andrews on 12 October to give a public lecture on the topic of his recently published book Rebel Power (Cornell University Press, 2017) at CSTPV. The book examines the Palestinian, Zionist, Algerian and Irish national movements and looks at factors in the success or failure of their quest for independence.

Peter Krause is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a Research Affiliate with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Security Studies programme.

Pictured here (L-R) are Dr Tim Wilson, Director of Handa CSTPV, Dr Peter Krause, and Dr Diego Muro, Lecturer at CSTPV.

You can listen to Dr Krause’s lecture below.

Public Lecture - Founding Weimar:Violence and the German Revolution of 1918–1919

Dr. Mark Jones
(University College Dublin & Freie Universität Berlin)

5pm Thursday 28 September 2017
School III, St Salvator’s Quad


Since completing his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence in 2011, Mark's research has focused upon the relationship between violence and the language of politics in Germany during the first two decades of the twentieth century - an extension of his doctoral work on the German Revolution of 1918-19. In Berlin, Mark will continue this ongoing work, as he sets out to provide a new account of German politics during the first two decades of the twentieth century.

Mark was educated at Cambridge University, the University of Tübingen, and at Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated with a first class honours degree in History and Political Science placed first in his class.

All Welcome

The audio from this lecture is available for existing CSTPV MLitt students through Moodle. Click here

Turbulent Times Ahead: What to Make of the German General Elections 2017

Bernhard Blumenau writing in Current Affairs in Perspective (No 7 |September 2017)

At 18:00 CEST, the German federal elections that for a long time had the air of boringness and predictability all of a sudden turned very surprising. The first prognoses of the election results were broadcast by German TV programme ARD and they revealed an unexpected development: despite a participation rate of 75% of the electorate, the two big parties lost massively and, combined, now only account for roughly 50% of the votes (33% for the Christian Democratic CDU/ Christian Social Union group1 of Angela Merkel; and 20.5% for the Social Democratic SPD under Martin Schulz) while in earlier times together they easily commanded two-third majorities in parliament. Less surprising was the entrance into parliament of the right-wing Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), although a worrying 12.6% of the votes, made it the third biggest party. What had happened and what are the likely consequences? This paper will attempt to provide some thoughts on both these questions.

Read the article

CSTPV Announcement - New Director Appointed

Dr Tim Wilson has been appointed Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews. Dr Wilson developed a distinguished early career track record at Queen’s, Belfast and Hertford College, Oxford, before transferring to St Andrews in 2011. Trained as an historian, his work ranges widely across sectarian conflict, state terrorism and nationalist violence.


Dr Wilson said in an inaugural statement:

As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2019, it is both an enormous honour and a privilege to assume the Directorship of an academic centre of truly global reputation. Back in 1994, our founding fathers Paul Wilkinson and Bruce Hoffman showed quite exceptional far-sightedness in foregrounding terrorism as a compelling subject for academic investigation in its own right: the tragic experiences of the early 21st century have only confirmed the wisdom of that original verdict. Under my leadership, the Centre will continue to champion research and teaching that is distinguished both for its intellectual quality and for its depth of insight.