Call for Papers - Handa CSTPV Graduate Conference 2018

‘Contemporary Issues in Terrorism Studies’

1 & 2 March 2018 University of St Andrews, Scotland

Deadline for abstracts: 17th November 2017 Email:

The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence is delighted to invite submissions for a two-day conference in March 2018 to explore and discuss contemporary issues in terrorism studies. This graduate conference seeks to facilitate dialogue between research students from a variety of disciplines whose work focuses on aspects of terrorism and political violence. All abstracts (limited to 500 words) on the broad theme of ‘Contemporary Issues in Terrorism Studies’ will be considered. We particularly welcome submissions on such topics as:

Rise of Far-Right Terrorism, Populism, and Nativism in the West
Responses to Far-Right Terrorism
Digitisation, Social Media, and Radicalisation – New Methods in a New Era
Protest, Resistance, Borders, and Political Violence
Gendered Terrorism and Political Violence
The Role of Religion in Terrorism and Political Violence

PhD candidates and early career researchers are invited to send abstracts of no more than 500 words to by 17th November 2017. Please include name, email, current position, and institutional affiliation.

Important Deadlines
Deadline for Abstracts: 17th November 2017 Notification of Acceptance: 20th December
Deadline for papers and Attendance Confirmation: 5th February 2018

For more information, visit our conference website at:

Handa CSTPV Graduate Conference 2018


Southern Irish Loyalism in Context Podcast

This podcast is a collection of the speakers at the recent 'Southern Irish Loyalism in Context' Conference held at Maynooth University July 21st - 22nd, 2017. This conference was generously funded by the Irish Research Council and hosted at An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University.

Episodes include: Episode 13 - Keynote: 'Great Betrayal or Soft Landing? The fate of Southern Irish Loyalists in comparative perspective' - Dr. Tim Wilson

Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of Southern Irish Loyalism in Context by SLConference for free.

or from iTunes


Visit of Chevening Gurukul Fellowship Programme for Leadership and Excellence, 13 October 2017

CSTPV was delighted and privileged to have been selected as a destination for a visit by the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence. This is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s flagship annual programme for twelve selected young Indian high-flyers and mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds with strong and demonstrable leadership potential. It is run by the University of Oxford and explores changing ideas and practices of leadership and the implications of globalisation for India.

The focus of the fellowship’s visit to St Andrews was on counterterrorism. Accordingly, the visitors were welcomed by Dr Tim Wilson, Director of CSTPV, and were offered presentations by Professor Sir David Veness on the need for a step change in response to the developing threat, Dr Bernhard Blumenau on lessons for the future from past experiences of international cooperation, and Dr Mark Currie on associated intellectual challenges. These prompted lively discussion and reflections on implications for responding to political violence in India. Conversations continued over lunch graciously hosted by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor in the delightful surroundings of University House.

Our visitors were most appreciative of this visit and impressed by our beautiful university and its seaside setting. We wish them well for the remainder of their programme, their forthcoming visits to Paris and Brussels, and for the future.

Gurukul Fellows

Sir John Key - An emerging Asia; the threats, challenges and opportunities

In association with the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, the University of St Andrews hosted Sir John Key on 21 October 2017.

The talk was titled 'An emerging Asia; the threats, challenges and opportunities

(L-R: Sir John Key, Dr Tim Wilson (Director CSTPV), Professor Sally Mapstone (Principal of St Andrews University))

John Key was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party. He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy.

Mr Key says he is delighted to be a Patron and Ambassador of ISPS and WSD.

‘I have long had huge respect for the great work Dr Handa and his organisations are undertaking around the world. In particular the various programs to support blind and disabled golf strike a real chord with me as someone who is not only an avid golfer but a passionate believer in the power of sport to transform lives of able and disabled people.’

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