Rashmi Singh - Chaotic Situation in Yemen Benefits Al-Qaeda

CSTPV’s Dr Rashmi Singh was interviewed by Sputnik International on the ongoing trouble in the Yemen.

Sputnik International - 27 March 2015

Increased security vacuum caused by chaos in Yemen will benefit al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), experts told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The security situation in Yemen has deteriorated in the past several weeks as the country is split among opposition Houthi fighters battling troops loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the center of the country, and al-Qaeda militants gaining a foothold in the south.

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Rashmi Singh - Yemen Interview on Radio Sputnik World Service

CSTPV’s Dr Rashmi Singh was interviewed by Dana Zolkina on Radio Sputnik World Service (Moscow Bureau) on ‘Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi asks UNSC to back military action by willing countries against Houthi rebels’.

MLitt Bursary in Terrorism and Political Violence

Applications are invited for the Dr Haruhisa Handa MLitt Bursary at the University of St Andrews, for full-time, residential study on the M Litt in Terrorism & Political Violence during the academic year 2015–16. The successful candidate will have their full MLitt fees (home or international) paid, the bursary being funded by the generous donation of funds by Dr Haruhisa Handa.

The deadline for applications is 27 April 2015.

Further Information

CSTPV Director Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Richard English, Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). The RSE was founded in 1783, and its work includes the awarding of research funding, taking a leading role in major inquiries, informing public policy, and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning.

Queen Mary University of London Department of Law / Leverhulme Trust PhD Studentship 2015-16

The Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London is accepting new applications for a studentship award, granted by the Leverhulme Trust, to fund socio-legal research into the area of Irish Political Prisoners (1960-2000).

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Sarah Marsden lectures at Edinburgh University


On March 16 2015 Sarah Marsden gave a lecture at Edinburgh University’s Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies on the legacy of Israel’s early ‘radical right’. Discussing the efforts by this milieu to influence the political, social and religious direction of Israel over the last 50 years, Dr Marsden examined how the ideas and practices associated with this fringe element of Israel’s right wing continue to resonate in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories today.

Dr Javier Argomaniz speaks at USEK Lebanon

Drawing from his own previous research, CSTPV lecturer Javier Argomaniz gave a lecture (26 February 2015) on the subject of European Counter-terrorism to Holy Spirit University Kaslik (USEK) staff members and students. During his presentation, Argomaniz spoke about the drivers that transformed the European Union into a counter-terror actor, discussed whether the EU has been effective in this role and reflected on the difficulties the EU response has had in keeping the right balance between liberty and security.

New Publication - Terrorism and Political Violence

Sage Publications have just published a new text book “Terrorism and Political Violence” with two contributions from CSTPV staff.

  • How Terrorism Ends - Sarah Marsden
  • Supporting Terrorism - Nicole Ives-Allison


This book introduces you to the key issues in contemporary studies on Terrorism. Its interdisciplinary approach provides a unique intellectual rigour which introduces readers to cutting-edge research.

Bringing together chapters contributed by members of the Terrorism and Political Violence Association network, it offers an insight into a variety of traditional and critical perspectives. It also equips Undergraduate and Postgraduate students with the study skills needed to succeed in coursework and assignments, especially dissertation work.

  • Drawing on the expertise of TAPVA members, this book:
  • Explores contemporary issues, such as drone warfare, state violence, children and political violence, cyber-terrorism and de-radicalisation.
  • Features case studies drawn from a range of international examples, lists of further reading, key concepts and questions for use in seminars and private study.
  • Provides you with study skills content designed to help you complete your dissertation.
  • This is the perfect textbook to guide you through your studies in terrorism, political violence, international security and strategic studies.