CSTPV Public Lecture - Winter Is Coming: ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Current Terrorist Threat

On Wednesday 9 March, The Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence will host a Public Lecture which will be delivered by Professor Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University.

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The Lecture, to which everyone is warmly invited to attend - ‘Winter Is Coming: ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Current Terrorist Threat’, will be held at 5pm in School III, St Salvator's Quad.

Richard English - ISIS and the Challenges of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

On 26 February 2016 CSTPV Director Richard English gave a lecture on “ISIS and the Challenges of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism” at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM). It was chaired by Kacper Rekawek an analyst in the European Security and Defence Economics project of the Polish Institute of International Affairs and who was a former Paul Wilkinson Memorial Fellow at CSTPV.


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Bernhard Blumenau - Helmut Schmidt, the elder world statesman: chancellor, commentator, and cigarette-lover

Papiers d'actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective
Fondation Pierre du Bois
No 2, February 2016

On the morning of Tuesday, 10 November, Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt passed away at the age of 96 in his home in Hamburg, Germany. Even up to his final days, he remained an interested, informed, and provocative commentator on current events. While critically seen during his term as German chancellor between 1974 and 1982, he gained considerable esteem after his chancellorship and was recently voted 'Germany's coolest man'. Although his chancellorship was not associated with any of the threshold events of German history – unlike his predecessor Willy Brandt's policy of Ostpolitik and his successor Helmut Kohl's luck in being the chancellor of unification – Helmut Schmidt nevertheless left his mark on German, European, and global events. His legacies are not only the images of an elderly man wilfully ignoring the smoking ban in public places, but also the summit diplomacy that still marks international politics today, Germany's rigid policy of not giving in to terrorist demands, current financial European integration, and his contributions towards a more positive global view of Germany as a reliable democracy after the horrors of World War II.

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Javier Argomaniz - The Human Rights of Victims of Terrorism

Dr Javier Argomaniz spoke on 11 February at the United Nations (UN) on the Human Rights of Victims of Terrorism. Dr Argomaniz discussed in the UNCTITF organised conference the lessons that can be learnt from the Spanish experience with regards the protection of victims rights within the criminal justice system. He argued that the Spanish authorities have learnt over the years to better protect victims’ rights but there are still important challenges to address.

JTR - Volume 7, Issue 1 Published

Journal of Terrorism Research, Volume 7, Issue 1 is now available from the JTR Website

Contents


Articles

  • #IS_Fangirl: Exploring a New Role for Women in Terrorism - by Laura Huey and Eric Witmer
  • The Capability Spectrum; Locating Terrorism in Relation to other Manifestations of Political Violence - by Thomas Whelan
  • Italian Jihadists in Syria and Iraq - by Francesco Marone
  • Paradigmatic Shifts in Jihadism in Cyberspace: The Emerging Role of Unaffiliated Sympathizers in Islamic State’s Social Media Strategy - by Yannick Veilleux-Lepage
  • Do Territorial Control and the Loss of Territory Determine the Use of Indiscriminate Violence by Incumbent Actors? An Examination of the Syrian Civil War in Aleppo over 45 weeks - by Evan Tyner

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Argomaniz & Lehr: Political Resilience and EU Responses to Aviation Terrorism

Javier Argomaniz and Peter Lehr latest article is available online on the website of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. The piece applies the notion of political resilience to study how European authorities have responded to reported threats to aviation resulting from individual terrorist tactics. They argue in this article that that EUs response to aviation terrorism has resulted in vigorous policy-making but has also become politicised, with some high-profile measures being criticised for having a deleterious impact on passengers’ rights.

Abstract
In this article, we examine how European authorities have responded to reported threats to aviation resulting from individual terrorist tactics. We do so by applying the notion of political resilience and drawing on Palonen’s “policy, polity, politicking and politicization” model as well as on Malcolm Anderson’s concept of “politics of the latest outrage.” We argue that the EU response to aviation terrorism has created polity transformation and generated a long list of new policies but has also in the process become politicised and subject of politicking, with some high-profile measures being criticised for having a deleterious impact on passengers’ rights.

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