Rashmi Singh - Lone Wolf Terror Attacks Similar to One in Lyon Pose Challenge for Police

On 27 June 2015 CSTPV’s Dr Rashmi Singh was quoted in Sputnik International article ‘Lone Wolf Terror Attacks Similar to One in Lyon Pose Challenge for Police’.

The article discusses the 26 June 2015 terrorist attack in Lyon, France.

The full article can be read at http://sputniknews.com/us/20150627/1023909455.html#ixzz3eRApaRNv

Rashmi Singh - Learning Amongst Modern Jihadist Organisations

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Dr Rashmi Singh presented a paper titled, ‘Learning Amongst Modern Jihadist Organisations’, at the conference on ‘How Terrorist Group ‘Learn’: Innovation and Adaptation in Political Violence’, The British Academy 18 & 19 June 2015.

This conference explored how terrorist groups have learned from each other and/or from history by mimicking tactics or actively pursuing inter-organisational co-operation. By bringing together leading scholars in the field of international relations, security studies and history, as well as counter-terrorism practitioners, this conference analysed the notion of ‘learning’ in a non-state capacity and addressed a number of the most substantial case studies that showcase the under-analysed process of learning and tactical transferral between and within terrorist groups.

Details for the conference can be found on: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2015/HowTerroristGroups_Learn.cfm

Report: Scotland and Separatism: Reverberations of the Scottish Independence Referendum on Separatist Politics

The Handa CSTPV is delighted to publish “Scotland and Separatism: Reverberations of the Scottish Independence Referendum on Separatist Politics” authored by Dr Kieran McConaghy.

About the author:

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Kieran McConaghy is a graduate of both Queen's University Belfast (LLB, MA) and the University of St Andrews (PhD) where he completed his doctoral thesis entitled 'Terrorism and the State: Intra-state Dynamics and the Response to Non-state Terrorism' in 2014. From October to December 2014, he was the Handa Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews. His research interests include terrorism, political violence, nationalism, and extreme right wing groups, as well as Irish and British political history.

About the report:
On 18 September 2014, the Scottish electorate voted in a referendum on independence. While the result was decisive, indicating a preference for Scotland to remain within the Union, that the Independence campaign had gained so much support was a shock to many unionist politicians. Furthermore, the issue is far from solved, and the impact of the Scottish referendum and the strength of nationalist sentiment in Scotland will have important political and social effects not only in Scotland, but across the United Kingdom.

This report is intended to address two issues. Firstly, it will compare and contrast the development and fortunes of nationalist movements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It will reflect on their similarities and differences, on the effect that the Scottish independence campaign and referendum has had on separatist politics in Wales and Northern Ireland, and on the UK as a whole.

Secondly, it looks to Catalonia, where a consultative and non-binding poll on independence from Spain was held just two months after Scotland’s referendum. Again, the nationalist movements in Catalonia and Scotland will be examined comparatively, and I will suggest common features which could help to account for the growing popularity of nationalism in some stateless nations. Before proceeding, I wish to set out some disclaimers.

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