CSTPV Seminar

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.

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The audio from this lecture is available for existing CSTPV MLitt students through Moodle. Click here

Paul Wilkinson Memorial Lecture 2017 - Professor Richard English

"With the Permission of God": Religion and Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century

5pm Thursday 6 April 2017
School VI, St Salvator’s Quad


Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen's University Belfast, where he is also Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and the University's Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internationalization and Engagement. Between 2011 and 2016 he was Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning studies
Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006). His most recent book, Does Terrorism Work? A History, was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. He is also the co-editor/editor of a further six books and has published more than fifty journal articles and book chapters. He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence, and on Irish politics and history, including work for the BBC, CNN, ITN, SKY NEWS, NPR, RTE, the Irish Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford, and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews. He has delivered invited Lectures about his research in over twenty countries.

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Roundtable Discussion - 'International Terrorism and Organised Crime: the same difference?'

Professor Letizia Paoli
(University of Leuven)

10am – 12 noon, Tuesday 11 April 2017

Arts Lecture Theatre

'International Terrorism and Organised Crime: the same difference?'

Dr. Letizia Paoli (PhD, EUI, 1997) has been a full professor of criminology, since 2006, at the University of Leuven Faculty of Law, Belgium. From 1998-2006, she was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany.

As the world’s leading authority on the Italian mafia, Professor Paoli has been distinguished visiting positions at the Universities of Giessen, Paris I (Sorbonne), Rotterdam and Tübingen as well as serving as a consultant for two UN agencies. She is currently the Vice-President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy and a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction.

Public Lecture - 'What does 'terrorism' include, and why does it matter?'

Emeritus Professor Adrian Guelke (Queen's University of Belfast)

5pm Thursday 9 March 2017
Arts Lecture Theatre

'What does 'terrorism' include, and why does it matter?'


Professor Guelke is a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice

Public Lecture - “The Problem of Genocide”

5pm Wednesday 7 December 2016
School II, St Salvator’s Quad


Professor Martin Shaw
(University of Sussex)

Martin Shaw joined Sussex as Professor of International Relations and Politics in 1995, and became Research Professor in 2008. He was head of department at Sussex from 1996-99. After graduating from the London School of Economics in Sociology, he held lectureships in Sociology at Durham and Hull (from which he gained his PhD) and was Professor of Political and International Sociology at Hull. He currently holds a Professorial Fellowship at Roehampton University, London, and is a Visiting Professor at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacional.

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Public Lecture - “ISIS and its Future Pasts”

Date: 5pm Wednesday 19 October 2016

Location: Arts Seminar Room 4

Speaker: Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
(Deputy-Director and Academic Dean, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Author of Understanding Al Qaeda – Changing War and Global Politics)


Over the past two years, the group commonly known as the Islamic State (al Dawla al Islamiya) has taken centre stage in international affairs. With impressive swiftness, this seemingly-new yet decade-old organisation has steadily moved from a domestic concern in Iraq to a regional threat in the Levant, and more widely in the Middle East and North Africa, to a global issue. In so doing, the group has raised a number of questions related to its nature, its evolution as well the future consequences of its manifestation. This discussion will provide an analytical overview of the historical background of the Islamic State and examine the nature of the conceptual and practical challenges it is raising.


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Paul Wilkinson Memorial Lecture 2016 - Professor Martha Crenshaw

ISIS, Its Adversaries, and Their Allies


Time: 5pm
Date: Thursday 14 April 2016
Location: School III, St Salvator’s Quad
Speaker: Professor Martha Crenshaw (Stanford University)

Martha Crenshaw is a senior fellow at CISAC and FSI and a professor of political science by courtesy at Stanford. She was the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor of Global Issues and Democratic Thought and professor of government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where she taught from 1974 to 2007. Her recent work includes “Will Threats Deter Nuclear Terrorism?” in
Deterring Terrorism: Theory and Practice, ed. Andreas Wenger and Alex Wilner (Stanford University Press, 2012) “Dealing with Terrorism,” in Managing Conflict in a World Adrift, ed. Chester Crocker, Fen Hampson, and Pamela Aall (Washington: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2014), and “Terrorism Research: The Record,” in the journal International Interactions (2014). She is also the editor of The Consequences of Counterterrorism (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010). In 2011 Routledge published Explaining Terrorism, a collection of her previously published work. She is currently writing a book with Gary LaFree titled Rethinking Counterterrorism: A Sensible Approach to Policy.
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Irvine Lecture 2016 - Sex and the Christian Churches: An Argumentative History

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch (University of Oxford):
31 March 2016
5pm, School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle


Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church, in the Theology Faculty; he is a Fellow of the British Academy, and co-edited the Journal of Ecclesiastical History for two decades.

He has written extensively on Tudor England; his biography Thomas Cranmer: a Life (Yale UP, 1996) won the Whitbread Biography, Duff Cooper and James Tait Black Prizes. More recent publications from Penguin/Allen Lane have included Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 (appearing in the USA as The Reformation: a History), and A History of Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years (in the USA, Christianity: the First Three Thousand Years), which won the 2010 Cundill Prize; his latest book is Silence: a Christian History. He is working on a biography of Thomas Cromwell.

Professor MacCulloch was the presenter on BBC4 and BBC2 of "A History of Christianity - the first 3,000 years", which won the Radio Times Listeners' Award in 2010, "How God made the English" (BBC2, 2012) and "Henry VIII's fixer: the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell" (BBC2, 2013); his BBC2 series Sex and the West is aired in spring 2015.

He received a knighthood in January 2012 for services to scholarship.

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CSTPV Public Lecture - Winter Is Coming: ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Current Terrorist Threat

On Wednesday 9 March, The Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence will host a Public Lecture which will be delivered by Professor Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University.


The Lecture, to which everyone is warmly invited to attend - ‘Winter Is Coming: ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Current Terrorist Threat’, will be held at 5pm in School III, St Salvator's Quad.

Planning for “100 Holocausts”: U.S. and Soviet thinking about nuclear war, 1960–1972

CSTPV Lecture
5pm Thursday 12 November 2015

School III, St Salvator’s Quad


Professor David Holloway (Stanford University)
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies and Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History

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CSTPV Workshop - 15 October 2015

Dr Anthony Richards (University of East London)
Focusing on Anthony Richards, Conceptualizing Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2015)
Hebdomadar’s Room, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, 5pm

On 15 October 2015 CSTPV is hosting a Workshop focusing on Dr Anthony Richards’ new book, Conceptualizing Terrorism. As with previous CSTPV Workshops, the format is that everyone attending the event has to have read the book in advance, and that the Workshop involves a one-hour discussion, without a formal presentation by Dr Richards. Previous Workshops have offered a chance - as here - to discuss important, recent works in the field.


Lecture: Professor David Laitin (Stanford University)

‘Why Muslim Integration Fails: An Inquiry in Christian-Heritage Societies’

Time: 5pm
Date: 7 May 2015
Location: School III, St Salvator’s Quad
Speaker: Professor David Laitin (Stanford University)


David Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science and an affiliated faculty member at CISAC and TEC. He has conducted field research in Somalia, Nigeria, Spain, and Estonia. His latest book is Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad. He is currently working on a project in collaboration with James Fearon on civil wars in the past half-century. From that project, "Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War" has appeared in the American Political Science Review. Laitin received his BA from Swarthmore College and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

David Laitin’s Homepage

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Paul Wilkinson Memorial Lecture 2015 - Dr Thomas Hegghammer

"Why terrorists weep: Socio-cultural practices in the jihadi underground"

Date: Thursday 16 April 2015
Location: School III, St Salvator’s Quad
Speaker: Dr Thomas Hegghammer (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI))


Thomas Hegghammer is director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Oslo. He was the Zukerman fellow at CISAC in 2012–2013.

He has previously held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at Harvard, Princeton and New York Universities. Dr. Hegghammer studies militant Islamism with a particular focus on transnational jihadi groups. His book Jihad in Saudi Arabia (Cambridge 2010) won the silver medal of the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council of Foreign Relations. He also co-authored Al-Qaida in its own Words(Harvard 2008) and The Meccan Rebellion (Amal Press 2011). His articles have been published in the American Political Science Review, International Security, Journal of Peace Research, and other journals. He as written op-eds for the New York Times and al-Sharq al-Awsat, as well as reports for the International Crisis Group and the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. He has also testified in several parliaments (including the US Congress) and served as an expert witness (for both prosecution and defence) in terrorism trials.

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CSTPV Seminar: Bruce Hoffman - Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947

Time: 5.30 PM
Date: 7 April 2015
Location: Seminar Room 7, Arts Faculty Building

On 7 April 2015 Professor Bruce Hoffman and Sir David Veness will speak about Professor Hoffman’s new book
Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947 (Knopf Publishing Group 2015).

The CSTPV hosted event will take place in Seminar Room 7, Arts Faculty Building at 5.30 PM to which all are invited.


Public Lecture - The IRA and the Irish Conflict - TODAY


Seminar on British Counter-Insurgency


Public Lecture - Fantasies of Hate - 4 December 2014

5PM Thursday 4 December 2014

School 6, St Salvator’s Quad

Dr Jeffrey Murer

Fantasies of Hate: Anti-Semitism and Anti-Roma Violence of the Contemporary Hungarian Radical Right

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CSTPV Anniversary Symposium - September 2014: Provisional Programme

Terrorism Research: Past, Present and Future

A Symposium to Mark the Twentieth Anniversary of the Establishment of CSTPV

To be held at the University of St Andrews, 19-20 September 2014

The provisional programme for this symposium is now available.

Political Violence and the ‘Long Great War’, 1914-1923

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the most consequential terrorist strike in history – the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo that sparked the First World War – Handa CSTPV hosted a successful symposium on Saturday 28 June 2014. The theme of this conference was an innovative focus upon the relationship between the ‘macro-violence’ of organised warfare and the ‘micro-violence’ of political violence.

Dr Niall Whelehan (Edinburgh) traced the emergence of a new style of publicity-seeking terrorism in the later 19th century and traced its evolution down to 1914. Dr Tim Wilson (St Andrews) considered the influence of the First World War upon terrorist bombing campaigns. For his part, Dr Adrian Gregory (Oxford) noted that the strains imposed by a war of attrition between the major powers in turn unleashed an impressive wave of terrorist assassinations from 1916 onwards. Finally, Professor Conan Fisher (St Andrews) reviewed the achievements, and failures, of far-right terrorism within Weimar Germany after 1918. Discussion was appropriately lively throughout.

Dr Tim Wilson

1 July 2014

Full details of the symposium can be found here.

Paul Wilkinson Lecture 2014 - Professor Ariel Merari

The 2014 Paul Wilkinson Lecture will be given by Professor Ariel Merari on 24 April 2014, 5 PM in the Arts Lecture Theatre.


CSTPV Symposium - Political Violence and The Long Great War 1914-1923

CSTPV will hold a one-day symposium on the 28 June 2014 in the Hebdomadar’s room to which all are welcome.

Please see the
Symposium webpage for further details.

Public Lecture - 'Is there a future for the Atlantic Alliance?'

10 March 2014

5.00 pm, Parliament Hall

'Is there a future for the Atlantic Alliance?' The Rt Hon. the Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT, former Secretary General of NATO.


Public Lecture - Professor Christopher Andrew

5pm Thursday 13 March 2014
Arts Lecture Theatre

MI5 from the Kaiser to Al Qaeda: A Long Term Perspective

Christopher Andrew is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Professor Andrew’s best known recent work is:
C. Andrew, The Defence of the Realm: the Authorized History of MI5 (Allen Lane/Penguin, 2009)

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Tim Wilson Keynote Speaker at Cambridge Conference

CSTPV’s Dr Tim Wilson is to be the keynote speaker for the conference, ‘Sectarianism and Beyond: New Perspectives in Modern Irish History’, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, 25th January 2014.


CSTPV Lectures/Seminars Second Semester 2013/2014


13 February 2014

Ex-combatants and the Post-Conflict State: Challenges of Reintegration

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) By Dr Jaremey McMullin (St Andrews) - 4.00 pm, Hebdomadar’s Room, St Salvator’s Quad


6-7 March 2014

Conflict and Post-Conflict Violence in Latin America

The Garden Suite, The Scores Hotel, St Andrews


13 March 2014

Prof. Christopher Andrew (Cambridge) - 5.00 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre


14 March 2014 Workshop

Prof. Christopher Andrew (Cambridge) - 10.00 am, Hebdomadar’s Room


10 April 2014

‘Being Assassinated: The British Way of Death?’

Prof. Simon Ball (Leeds) - 5.00 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre

The Paul Wilkinson Lecture

24 April 2014

‘In their own words: Interviews with suicide bombers, their families and commanders’

Prof. Ariel Merari (Tel Aviv) - 5.00 pm, Arts Lecture Theatre

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Public Lecture - Violent Radicalism without Violence? Reflections on the Online Culture of Jihadi-Salafism

Speaker: Dr Gilbert Ramsay (University of St Andrews)

5pm, School I, St Salvator’s Quad

jihadi culture on the world wide web book cover


Seminar - Taking the High Road: The Non-Violent Nature of Scottish Nationalism

A Seminar Hosted by The Handa CSPTV

2pm, Hebdomadar’s Room, St Salvator’s Quad


Public Seminar on the Political Transformation of Northern Ireland


-Judith Gillespie (Deputy Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland)
-Declan Kearney (Sinn Fein Chairperson)
-Mark Larmour (Northern Ireland Office)

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