The Future Study of Terrorism - Richard English


European Journal of International Security / Volume 1 / Issue 02 / July 2016

Richard English
Wardlaw Professor of Politics, University of St Andrews

This article reflects on the central problems to be faced over the next fifty years of the academic study of terrorism. It discusses a series of problems that are sometimes raised (regarding definition, the division between Critical Terrorism Studies and Orthodox Terrorism Studies, and the supposed stagnation in contemporary terrorism research), and argues that these present rather limited difficulties, in reality. It then identifies a greater problem, in the form of a five-fold fragmentation of the current field, before offering suggested means of addressing in practice these latter, more profound difficulties.

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Security Studies Podcast - Episode 2 - Richard English on Terrorist Innovations

In this episode Professor Richard English discusses terrorist innovations - covering three historic examples of the Black September group, the LTTE, and the Taliban - before discussing today's innovations. He also engaged in the encryption debate, talked about the Islamic State's so-called "Cyber Caliphate" and articulated the challenges in contemporary scholarship.

Ramsay and Argomaniz: Authoritarian Britain is made freer by the EU

openDemocracyUK, 1 June 2016
by Gilbert Ramsay and Javier Argomaniz

Proponents of Brexit love to paint the European Union as an authoritarian institution which poses an existential threat to an ancient tradition of British (or English) liberty. Those who have come into meaningful contact with British domestic security practices, such as the anonymous British activist quoted above, beg to differ.

While the European Union may not have a perfect record in standing up for the privacy rights of its citizens, there is no reason for thinking that Britain would do better on its own. On the contrary, if anything, European institutions have played a role in helping to counterbalance some of the UK’s more draconian tendencies.

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