JTR - Volume 5, Issue 3 Published

The Handa CSTPV is delighted to announce the publication of the Journal of Terrorism Research, Volume 5, Issue 3.




Drones, The US and the New Wars in Africa
by Philip Attuquayefio

The Central Intelligence Agency’s Armed Remotely Piloted Vehicle-Supported Counter-Insurgency Campaign In Pakistan – A Mission Undermined By Unintended Consequences?
by Simon Bennett

Human Bombing - A Religious Act
by Mohammed Ilyas

Entering the Black Hole: The Taliban, Terrorism, and Organised Crime
by Matthew D. Phillips and Emily A. Kamen

The Theatre of Cruelty: Dehumanization, Objectification & Abu Ghraib
by Christiana Spens

Book Review

Andrew Silke, et al., (edited by Andrew Silke). Prisons, Terrorism and Extremism: Critical Issues in Management, Radicalisation and Reform.
reviewed by Robert W. Hand

Journal of Terrorism Research

Orla Lynch and Javier Argomaniz: New Publication

A new publication from CSTPV lecturers Orla Lynch and Javier Argomaniz is now out. This edited volume titled ‘Victims of Terrorism. A comparative and interdisciplinary study’ is a collective effort by the research team behind an EU-funded international project on European victims of terrorism. The book explores whether victims' needs are being met and constructs a picture of the local and international interpretation of the experience of victimisation by terrorism.

Further information about the book can be found on the publisher’s

Robert Lambert - Ministers urged to work with Muslim ‘extremist’ groups (The Times 22 September 2014)

Dr Robert Lambert was interviewed by The Times (22 September 2014) in which he argued that various Muslim groups could be valuable partners in the struggle against home-grown jihad.

“Throughout the UK, but predominantly in parts of Greater London, there are Sunni Muslim organisations, groups and individuals with either good track records of challenging al-Qaeda or Isis-type radicalisation and recruitment or clear potential to do so,” he said.

“In many instances the government considers these groups to be unsuitable partners because, in the government’s view, they are extremist and do not subscribe to British values.”

The full piece can be read

In a closely related interview Bob also spoke on Radio 4 in a programme called “The Muslim Brotherhood in Britain”. (

The University of St Andrews: Two Reasons for Celebration

In the past month the University of St Andrews celebrated a double success in both The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015 and in the QS World University Rankings.




Roddy Brett - 'The Dynamics of Violence and the Role of the Security Sector',University of Mannheim, Frankfurt

Dr. Roddy Brett, of CSTPV, will be presenting his research at the ERC-funded workshop, 'The Dynamics of Violence and the Role of the Security Sector', at the Chair of Political Science IV, University of Mannheim, Frankfurt, between 22nd and 24th September, 2014. Dr. Brett will present on 'The Role of Civil Resistance in Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction' at the workshop, which is part of the project “Repression and the Escalation of Violence”. This project aims to explain the escalation and non-escalation of repression and intra-state armed conflict

Sarah Marsden - Who are the 'terrorists' the world needs to fight?

Dr Sarah Marsden was interviewed by Associated France-Presse for an article titled “Who are the 'terrorists' the world needs to fight?”

The full article can be read

National Student Satisfaction Survey 2014

In the recently published National Student Satisfaction Survey 2014 the University of St Andrews was rated to have one of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK.

The survey ranks institutions for course teaching, the organisation and management of the University, and academic support.

St Andrews was placed in the joint top spot along with Bath and Keele with a score of 93%. The only other Scottish university to reach the top ten was the University of Glasgow, in joint sixth position.

In addition the School of International Relations was ranked in the top 10 for its subject group.

Javier Argomaniz - European Union responses to terrorist use of the Internet

Dr Javier Argomaniz latest article has been published in the Cooperation and Conflict journal. In this piece, Dr Argomaniz critically examines the European Union response to terrorist use of the internet and he argues that EU policies have struggled to strike the right balance between privacy and security.

The article can be read

You can find more about his previous publications

Donald Holbrook - Approaching terrorist public relations initiatives

CSTPV Research Fellow Dr Donald Holbrook has had his article “Approaching terrorist public relations initiatives” published in Public Relations Inquiry 2014,Vol 3(2).
Read the article

OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) Annual Conference

Gillian Duncan, Administrative Manager and Editor of the CSTPV online journal, Journal of Terrorism Research will this year present the PhD Guest Editor Initiative at the OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) Annual Conference at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris 17th – 19th September. Having already presented the initiative to audiences in universities in Scotland, the conference will give Gillian the opportunity to disseminate to an international audience specialising in Open Access.

Presentation Poster [PDF]

Rashmi Singh interviewed on the fracture of the global jihadi movement

CSTPV lecturer Dr Rashmi Singh was today (15 September 2014) interviewed on Radio Voice of Russia UK on how the “Rise of IS gives rise to fracture of the global jihadi movement”.

Following the announcement of an Indian branch of global terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda, the organisation’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has appealed on Muslims across the Indian sub-continent to join what he has called "the caravan of jihad". VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Dr Rashmi Singh, a lecturer in terrorism at the Handa Centre at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland.

Read more

Doug Weeks - Commentary on David Cameron's Anti-Terrorism Proposals

On 2 September 2014 CSTPV Research Fellow Dr Doug Weeks had his commentary on Prime Minister David Cameron’s anti-terrorism proposals published in The Scotsman newspaper.

Doug’s analysis can be read

Doug also did short interview on ISIS/Aqsa Mahmood for BBC Radio Scotland’s Newsdrive programme. The programme can be listened to on the
BBC iPlayer (interview starts 1:16:50).

Orla Lynch interviewed on RTE discussing the evolution of IS

CSTPV lecturer Dr Orla Lynch was interviewed on RTE’s Drivetime (2/9/14) discussing the evolution of IS and the experience of Irish Muslims.

RTE Drivetime Website

Download mp3 [14 MB]

CSTPV Director on the 1994 IRA Ceasefire

CSTPV Director Professor Richard English engaged in a recent BBC discussion of the emergence and legacies of the 1994 Provisional IRA Ceasefire.  The programme also featured interview material with former IRA members, with victims of IRA terrorism, and with other commentators and analysts.

The programme may be listened to on the BBC iPlayer at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fygk2#programme-broadcasts. The discussion begins at 38.00 and is available for the next 5 days.