Javier Argomaniz and Diego Muro: Media Interviews

These interviews were about the effectiveness of Spanish counter-terror policies and the impact of terrorism on elections.

Dr Javier Argomaniz

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p054cgdm (30.10)

Dr Diego Muro

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p054cgk9 (28.00)

http://play.cadenaser.com/audio/cadenaser_hoyporhoy_20170606_080000_090000/ (15.39)


Tim Wilson - Sectarian Violence: A Junk Category of Analysis

On 5 June Dr Tim Wilson gave a lecture entitled 'Sectarian Violence: A Junk Category of Analysis?' at the Oxford Seminar for the Study of Violence, Wolfson College, Oxford. A lively general discussion followed Wilson's survey of various grisly horrors stretching from Northern Ireland to Syria.

Diego Muro - "Does Terrorism Work?"

CSTPV’s Diego Muro will be speaking at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) on Wednesday 29th March on 'Does Terrorism Work?'.

Each year, RCDS holds a conference with the near-equivalent Centre des Hautes Edutes Militaires (CHEM) and this year's theme is The Rise of Ideologically Inspired Terrorism. http://www.da.mod.uk/Colleges-Business-Units/RCDS

Bernhard Blumenau - Interview in the Kristeligt Dagblad

Angreb på julen skal oppiske en stemning af religionskrig

Internationale efterretningskilder har i de seneste uger advaret om terrorangreb på et julemarked som det, der ramte Berlin mandag aften. Angreb på julen og kristne symboler skal oppiske en stemning af religionskrig og skærpe etniske og religiøse konflikter, mener terroreksperter


Tim Wilson Speaks at Norwegian Police University College

As part of a conference hosted by the Norwegian Police University College, CSTPV Tim Wilson gave a well-received lecture to an audience of practitioners on Thursday 22nd October in Oslo. Wilson spoke on the subject of ‘Counter-terrorism and Western Societies’. He argued provocatively that both governments and the media in Western Europe have often tended to under-estimate the resilience of their own societies to prolonged terrorist campaigns. Compared to the 20th century history of the continent with its sorry trail of war, genocide, coups and revolutions, Europeans have lived in comparatively Very Good Times indeed. There is therefore some danger of taking terrorism more seriously as a systemic threat to civilised life than it merits.

Richard English to speak in British Academy Debate about Extremism

Is true religion always extremist?

Thursday 3 March, 6.30 - 8pm
Riddell Hall, Queen's University Belfast, 185 Stranmillis Road


Gillian Brunton - Association of University Administrators Annual Network Award

Advocates from the University of St Andrews were recently nominated for the Association of University Administrators Annual Network Award and have today been notified that they have won. Gillian Brunton, St Andrews Branch Advocate and NE Scotland Lead Advocate will be presented with the award at the Annual Conference Gala Dinner on Tuesday 22 March at The Royal Armouries, Leeds.

How Hard Is It to Prevent Terrorism in the Air? - Discovery News

CSTPV’s Dr Peter Lehr comments on the downing of a Russian charter plane over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula that killed 224 people on 31 October 2015.


Richard English interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about Women and Terrorism

Richard English was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s “Women and Terror” programme. The programme was aired on 3 August 2015 and is available on the BBC iPlayer.

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From Russia's 19th century Nihilists to contemporary Sri Lanka and the Middle East women have played central roles in terror organisations. Attacks planned or executed by women certainly attract more attention and seem to inspire a different kind of fear.

Why are we still shocked by women who bomb, kidnap and kill? Why are they so effective? How can women be dissuaded from joining terrorist organisations? BBC Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall investigates the motives that drive these women and considers the response of the media and the public to those who have planted bombs, hijacked planes and killed innocents in their quest for political change.


Sarah Marsden - Cameron’s counter extremism plan rests on shaky foundations

Yesterday, David Cameron set out his five year plan for tackling extremism. In a piece for the LSE Politics and Policy blog, Sarah Marsden examines its founding principles, and considers the implications of focusing so heavily on ideology as the root of extremism.


Sarah Marsden - Preventing Violent Extremism: Creating Safe Spaces for Negotiating Difference

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act that came into force last week made it a statutory requirement for a range of statutory bodies, including schools, to prevent people from becoming involved in extremism. In a piece written for the Political Studies Association website, Sarah Marsden reflects on the challenges this poses for educators, and the need for safe spaces in which young people can negotiate difference.


Rashmi Singh - Lone Wolf Terror Attacks Similar to One in Lyon Pose Challenge for Police

On 27 June 2015 CSTPV’s Dr Rashmi Singh was quoted in Sputnik International article ‘Lone Wolf Terror Attacks Similar to One in Lyon Pose Challenge for Police’.

The article discusses the 26 June 2015 terrorist attack in Lyon, France.

The full article can be read at http://sputniknews.com/us/20150627/1023909455.html#ixzz3eRApaRNv

Rashmi Singh - Learning Amongst Modern Jihadist Organisations


Dr Rashmi Singh presented a paper titled, ‘Learning Amongst Modern Jihadist Organisations’, at the conference on ‘How Terrorist Group ‘Learn’: Innovation and Adaptation in Political Violence’, The British Academy 18 & 19 June 2015.

This conference explored how terrorist groups have learned from each other and/or from history by mimicking tactics or actively pursuing inter-organisational co-operation. By bringing together leading scholars in the field of international relations, security studies and history, as well as counter-terrorism practitioners, this conference analysed the notion of ‘learning’ in a non-state capacity and addressed a number of the most substantial case studies that showcase the under-analysed process of learning and tactical transferral between and within terrorist groups.

Details for the conference can be found on: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2015/HowTerroristGroups_Learn.cfm

Bob Lambert - Interview with Le Point: Terrorism: We Must Resist the Temptation of New Legislation

CSTPV’s Dr Bob Lambert was interviewed by Le Point on 13 January 2015.


Robert Lambert, directeur de la Muslim Contact Unit de la police de Londres, ici lors d'une conférence sur l'antiterrorisme au Danemark en 2007. © Keld Navntoft/Scanpix / AFP PHOTO

Terrorisme : "Il faut résister à la tentation d'une législation nouvelle" (Terrorism: We Must Resist the Temptation of New Legislation).

The original article can be read at http://www.lepoint.fr/societe/terrorisme-il-faut-resister-a-la-tentation-d-une-legislation-nouvelle-13-01-2015-1896085_23.php


CSTPV Professorial Fellow Publishes TLS Essay

CSTPV Professorial Fellow Alex Danchev has had his essay - At First Site - published in the Times Literary Supplement (9 January 2015). This essay reviews the Conflict, Time, Photography exhibition which is currently running at the Tate Modern, London.


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Donald Holbrook: The Charlie Hebdo attack: a first look at the background and context

CSTPV Senior Fellow Dr Donald Holbrook takes a first look at the 7 January 2015 attack in Paris.

“As the dreadful details of a gun attack on the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo continue to emerge, questions are inevitably being asked about what could motivate such ruthless acts of violence. It is much too early to speculate about any of the specifics that led to this attack; indeed at the time of writing the assailants are still at large.

Yet, according to initial reports the attackers appeared to have made references to Islam and to protecting the sanctity of the Prophet Mohammed. The magazine had provoked Islamist anger on several occasions in the past by publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet that many Muslims found offensive. These included the batch of caricatures that initially appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 that provoked widespread fury among Islamists, including the radical Islamist militant fringe.”

The article in full can be read at opendemocracy.net and was first published in The National newspaper on 8 January 2015

Javier Argomaniz - Examining Deterrence and Backlash Effects in Counter-Terrorism: The Case of ETA’

(2015) ‘Examining Deterrence and Backlash Effects in Counter-Terrorism: The Case of ETA’ (Terrorism and Political Violence, 27:1, 160–181) (with Vidal-Diez, A.)

Javier Argomaniz latest article has been published by Terrorism and Political Violence. Using statistical modelling techniques, the authors have assessed in this piece the effectiveness of a series of counter-terror initiatives against ETA in the period from 1977 to 2010. The analysis shows that some of the Spanish state's actions in the past have led to a backlash and an upsurge of terrorism violence.

The first 50 readers can download this article for free using this link.

You can find more about Javier Argomaniz previous publications here or here.

Article based on the September symposium at St Andrews now available

An article based on the CSTPV 20th anniversary symposium and written by CSTPV Honorary Professor Sir Adam Roberts has just been published in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

The full details are:

Adam Roberts (2014): Terrorism Research: Past, Present, and Future, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2014.976011

Video Abstract - Contextualising Terrorism: A Social Movement Theory Typology

Dr Sarah Marsden introduces her recent paper A Social Movement Theory typology of militant organisations: Contextualising terrorism. Terrorism and Political Violence. [Online first] doi: 10.1080/09546553.2014.954039

Bob Lambert and Doug Weeks Interviewed by GlobalPost

An article in GlobalPost (19/11/2014) quoting CSTPV staff members Dr Bob Lambert and Dr Doug Weeks.


CSTPV Director made Honorary Fellow at Oxford

CSTPV Director Professor Richard English has been made an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, the Fellowship to take effect from October 2014.

CSTPV Director delivers Lecture in Barcelona

CSTPV Director Professor Richard English will deliver a Public Lecture on his current research, under the title 'Does Terrorism Work?', at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) in Barcelona, on Thursday 13 November 2014.

Donald Holbrook introduces his new book - The Al-Qaeda Doctrine

Donald Holbrook introduces his book The Al-Qaeda Doctrine from CSTPV on Vimeo.

Donald Holbrook introduces his new book The Al-Qaeda Doctrine. The Book is available to purchase from Bloomsbury at http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-al-qaeda-doctrine-9781623563141/

Until December 2015 those who purchase the book from the above link using the discount code GLR BQ8 will receive a 35% discount.

Rashmi Singh Interview on ‘US Federal Grand Jury To Issue New Indictment Against Libyan Militant, Ahmed Abu Khatallah’, 18 October 2014

On 18 October 2014 Dr Rashmi Singh was interviewed on Radio Voice of Russia World Service (Moscow Bureau).

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Rashmi Singh Interviewed on Charging British Jihadists with Treason

In an interview with Radio Voice of Russia UK Dr Rashmi Singh, a lecturer in terrorism studies at the University of St Andrews, suggests that British jihadists who go to Syria and Iraq should only be punished for the crimes that they have committed:

“I think there needs to be a continued engagement with the Muslim communities in Britain. There needs to be a very clear stance that Britain is not going to support any kind of involvement with the Islamic State. But it’s less to do with the policy and more to do with the language. If we are going to say that we are adopting the language of treason, then we are basically adopting the idea that somehow these people have to choose between this or that identity. Instead of saying that, say that this is not acceptable as a Briton to go out and fight for Islamic State. Certainly try them for the crimes that they have committed, but do not use language that will inflame the situation further.”

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Sarah Marsden - A Social Movement Theory Typology of Militant Organisations: Contextualising Terrorism

CSTPV lecturer Dr Sarah Marsden latest article “A Social Movement Theory Typology of Militant Organisations: Contextualising Terrorism” has been published in Terrorism and Political Violence.

Typologies are ubiquitous in terrorism studies, illustrating their continued appeal as a tool to further our understanding of this form of political violence. Despite this, to date, the promise of an empirically derived typology has largely been neglected. In addressing this gap, this article sets out a typology developed from Social Movement Theory. Using a novel statistical technique to derive a three-dimensional framework for categorising militant groups, the typology incorporates both organisational characteristics and the wider political context. The result is a typology defined by three conceptual constructs: political capacity, war-making capacity, and network capacity. Alongside these organisational features, imposing measures of the wider political opportunity structure reveals eight types of militant organisation. To explore the utility of the framework, a preliminary analysis interprets the typology in light of the presence of wider conflict. That a robust relationship is found between the various types and whether groups were operating in peacetime, civil war, or low-intensity conflict, goes some way to demonstrating its utility as an analytical tool. Conclusions draw attention to the importance of contextualising militant groups in their socio-political setting, and the benefits of combining theory alongside empirical analysis to develop robust characterisations of violent organisations.

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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”. (

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

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.

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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

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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.

CSTPV Director to Lecture in The Hague

The Handa CSTPV Director Richard English will deliver two Lectures in The Hague this month, as part of the T. M. C. Asser Instituut/ICCT - The Hague Programme on Counter-Terrorism.  For more details, please visit http://www.icct.nl/activities/upcoming-events/countering-terrorism-in-the-post-9/11-world-legal-challenges-dilemmas

Professor Nick Rengger elected into the Academia Europaea


Professor Nick Rengger, currently the International Relations Head of School and CSTPV Professorial Fellow, has been elected into one of Europe’s most prestigious and exclusive academies, the Academia Europaea.

For full information please visit the main University

Rashmi Singh interviewed about the Israel - Hamas conflict

CSTPV’s Dr Rashmi Singh was recently interviewed by Hannah Kaviani for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Radio Farda) about the latest Israel-Hamas conflict.This interview was translated into Farsi and can be found at http://www.radiofarda.com/content/b12-israel-palestine-mediation-kerry-singh/25468016.html

Rashmi Singh: Western 'Jihadists' Trekking to Syria, Iraq Pose New Terror Threat

CSTPV’s Dr Rashmi Singh was interviewed by usnews.com as part of an article on the Western jihadists who travel to Iraq and Syria and explains the threat they pose.

The full article can be read

Javier Argomaniz lectures at the Curso de Verano sobre Terrorismo Yihadista

CSTPV’s Dr Javier Argomaniz has been invited to talk at the Curso de Verano sobre Terrorismo Yihadista organised by Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Spain. This Summer School is firmly established as the best event of its kind in the country, bringing together some of the most important national and international experts on transnational terrorism from the practitioner and academic worlds. Dr Argomaniz’s lecture discussed the European Union counter-terror policies and his findings were based on research he produced for his monograph on the subject. You can access Dr Argomaniz’s academic work here.

CSTPV Director to Lecture at Olympia Summer Academy

Handa CSTPV Director Richard English will deliver a series of Lectures in July 2014 at the Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies, on the subject of terrorism and counter-terrorism.   For more information, please visit http://olympiasummeracademy.org/

Research Project - Ancient Virtues in Modern Contention - Update June 2014 - Website launched

Update: The Website for this new research project can be found at http://virtue-activism.weebly.com/

Back in 2011, I was sitting in the lunch after my PhD viva. Osama bin Laden had just been killed a few days before, and I quipped that I couldn’t understand how the press was talking about him as if he were somehow a bad person. It wasn’t a remark I’d have made for public consumption. But what surprised me was the way in which two hardened scholars also winced when I said it. I suppose it was a bad taste joke. But I actually meant a lot of what I said. We might find Bin Laden’s personal beliefs unpleasant. And of course, his actions were appalling in their consequences. But it is difficult to argue that he was a personally repugnant individual having accepted that he believed what he believed, and did what he honestly felt he needed to do. Bin Laden was certainly complex. He had his own flaws and demons. But he was also a man of principle, conscience and even sensitivity. In many ways, we can say that he was a good man, even if he was a good man in a bad cause. Read More...

Javier Argomaniz talks at the NATO School, Oberammergau

Javier Argomaniz has recently been invited to lecture at the NATO School Defence Against Terrorism Course running from 9 to 13 June. Dr Argomaniz gave a lecture on Social Network Analysis and the disruption of terrorist networks. The talk considered the practical applications of this technique to the study of terrorism after 9/11 and summarised the contributions that this form of research has made to our knowledge on how terrorism works.

In addition, he also presented on the subject of Victims of Terrorism Needs in UK and Spain. In this lecture, Dr Argomaniz discussed some of the findings from a European Commission-funded study in which he and CSTPV colleague Orla Lynch are the principal investigators. The online portal containing extensive information about the project can be found here .

Roddy Brett teaching at the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI)

CSTPV’s Dr Roddy Brett is teaching at the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) organised in conjunction with the International Centre for Non-Violent Conflict (ICNC) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. The programme offers a certificate in the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict that draws upon its multi-disciplinary approach to global affairs and is taught by leading scholars and practitioners of strategic nonviolent action and authorities from related fields. Dr. Brett will be lecturing about how grassroots civil resistance movements form, organise, strategise, mobilise, select tactics, negotiate, and create change in contexts of political violence, peace processes and post conflict scenarios in Latin America.

Sarah Marsden to Speak at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr Sarah Marsden will present a paper at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Canada on 12 June 2014.

Title: Successful Resettlement of Politically Motivated Ex-prisoners: Competing Approaches

Abstract: Increasingly, governments are facing the challenge of resettling those convicted of terrorism offences at the end of their prison term. This raises questions about the effectiveness of rehabilitative efforts and the best way of reducing the risk that these individuals will commit a further terrorist offence. Drawing on research with those tasked with this work in the United Kingdom, this paper examines two competing approaches to engaging with ex-offenders: the "strengths based" approach and the "risk" model. The first encourages the individual to conceive of ways to work towards a positive future, whilst the second tries to plug perceived deficits, such as poor educational attainment, and manage risk through control and monitoring. Based on extensive interviews and observation of statutory and third sector actors as they carried out this work, this paper argues that practitioners see promise in a strengths based approach, but given the risk these ex-prisoners are deemed to pose, and the limited knowledge we have of what might promote desistance from further offending, a risk focused model prevails. As well as setting out the research that underpins this conclusion, this paper explores the theoretical and practical implications for academics and practitioners working in the field, including the inadequacy of the term "deradicalisation," and the need to invest further in understanding successful resettlement of politically motivated ex-prisoners.

Tim Wilson Awarded Visiting Scholarship

CSTPV is delighted to announce that Dr Tim Wilson has been awarded a Visiting Scholarship to Sidney Sussex College (Cambridge), from January to June 2015.

Review – Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web

Gilbert Ramsay’s book “Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web” has been reviewed on the E-International Relations site.

"Drawing from a wealth of original Arabic-language primary sources, his book makes a novel and highly valuable contribution to the debates surrounding violent radicalization online."

"Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web is a remarkable piece of scholarship."

To read the full review please visit http://www.e-ir.info/2014/06/01/review-jihadi-culture-on-the-world-wide-web/

CSTPV's Richard English on Boston College and the implications for terrorism research

Richard English’s interview in The Guardian, 6 May 2014 - ‘Boston College tapes fiasco harms search for truth in Troubles’

2014 Teaching Awards Winner - Dr Sarah Marsden

At an awards ceremony held at the University of St Andrews, on 1 May 2014, CSTPV’s Dr Sarah Marsden was announced as the winner of the Excellence in Teaching (Postgraduate level) Award.

These awards are organised by the University of St Andrews Students Association and are a way of recognising and rewarding the excellent teaching and learning that occurs within the University.

Our congratulations to Sarah on a well deserved award.

More details to follow.

2014 Teaching Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Marsden on her shortlisting for the 2014 Teaching Awards. These awards are organised by the St Andrews Students Association and are a way of recognising and rewarding the excellent teaching and learning that occurs within the University.

Sarah has been shortlisted for the Excellence in Teaching (Postgraduate level) award.

Full details and the list of other nominees can be found here.

Stanford Humanities Center International Visitor Richard English discusses the evolving landscape of terrorism studies

CSTPV’s Richard English is currently in residence at the Stanford Humanities Center as an International Visitor during the spring 2014 quarter. English talked to Patricia Blessing, the Executive Officer for the International Visitors Program, about how the history of nationalism in Ireland relates to the study of terrorism and the importance of viewing terrorism through a historical lens.

Please see the Stanford Humanities Center website for the text of the interview.

Association of University Administrators (AUA) Administrator Award 2014

Gillian Duncan, The Handa CSTPV's Administrative Manager is to receive the first ever Association of University Administrators (AUA) Administrator Award 2014. As well as recognising Gillian's commitment to the AUA, it also recognises the wider overall improvement of higher education administration. The award is designed to acknowledge the sustained or exceptional service of an AUA member to the administration or management of their institution, over and above what is normally expected within their role.

Gillian will collect her award at the Annual AUA Conference Gala Dinner on 15th April in Manchester. (

CSTPV Director becomes Visiting Fellow at Stanford

Director of the Handa CSTPV, Professor Richard English, is to take up a Visiting Fellowship at Stanford University during April 2014. The Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center reflects Stanford's aim that the University's Departments and Research Centers involve international scholars in their work.

Richard English Lecture about Modern War

CSTPV Director Professor Richard English will give a Lecture at the 'Words by the Water' Literature Festival in Keswick on 7 March, on the subject of his recent book Modern War: A very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013). The book addresses issues surrounding the definition, causation, experience, and legacies of modern war.

CSTPV Director Interviewed for BBC Radio 4 'Talking Terrorism'

Richard English, Director of the Handa CSTPV, appears on BBC Radio 4's 'Talking Terrorism', a programme examining the word's roots, its changing associations, and contemporary debates surrounding the term. The programme is scheduled for broadcast on Tuesday 28 January at 4pm.

BBC Radio 4

Professor Bruce Hoffman Joins CSTPV


The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence is delighted to announce that Professor Bruce Hoffman is to take up a Part-Time Professorship of Terrorism Studies at CSTPV, starting in April 2014. Professor Hoffman, of Georgetown University, was co-founder of the Centre in 1994 with Professor Paul Wilkinson. He will be involved in research, teaching and supervision at St Andrews in this new role.

CSTPV Director Professor Richard English said of the appointment: 'We're honoured and delighted to have Bruce Hoffman working at CSTPV again. An extraordinarily distinguished scholar, he has deservedly been one of the defining figures in the study of terrorism and political violence, and his involvement with us will be a huge opportunity for staff and students alike.'

Richard English's Book Review Published in the Irish Times

Richard English’s review of a new book on the Irish hunger strikes is printed in the Irish Times.


CSTPV Staff Publications - December 2013

During the past month a number of CSTPV staff members have had their work published in academic journals or have contributed to various media outlets. These include:

Dr Gilbert Ramsay and Dr Sarah Marsden: Radical distinctions: a comparative study of two jihadist speeches, Critical Studies in Terrorism, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2013.

Dr Sarah Marsden: Media Metrics: How Arab and Western Media Construct Success and Failure in the ‘Global War on Terror’,Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 7, Issue 6, December 2013.

Dr Sarah Marsden and Dr Rashmi Singh contributed to
“Inside Al-Qaeda's Management Shuffle”,OZY Magazine,December 2013.