Dan Husbands - Imbert Dissertation Prize Winner 2018

We are delighted to announce that on Friday 6th July at the Association of Security Consultants (ASC) dinner at the House of Lords, Dan Husbands won the Imbert Dissertation Prize against competition from 5 other universities. His 2017 masters dissertation 'The Sisters of Sham: An Analysis of the Role of Women in ISIL and their complicity in violence' was praised by the ASC judges for the striking originality of its insights. Director Tim Wilson commented: 'Dan's dissertation was a huge achievement that directly advanced our understanding of why women might join ISIL: a phenomenon that has all too frequently been sensationalised and trivialised. My warmest congratulations go to him, as well as to his supervisor Dr Bernhard Blumenau. We are grateful to ASC for recognising the worth of St Andrews postgraduate research at its very best.


Dan Husbands with CSTPV Director Tim Wilson

Introduction of the Professional Doctorate (DProf) in International Relations

The new Professional Doctorate (DProf) in International Relations offers a more flexible and attractive programme of research study to those students working in a professional capacity.
Undertaken on a part-time basis, professional practice is at the heart of the DProf, which is open to experienced professionals who are employed in any area of work, including those in emerging professions and disciplines.
Key features include:
• the degree has a practice based rather than an exclusively institutional focus
• candidates are normally working while completing the doctorate and already possess significant professional experience
• successful completion of the degree normally leads to professional and/or organisational change that is often direct, rather than achieved through the implementation of subsequent research findings


New Podcast Series Marking the 20th Anniversary of the 'Good Friday Agreement'


On 10 April 2018 we mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 'Good Friday' Agreement, the historic peace deal that ended nearly 30 years of conflict, a period known as the 'Troubles', in Northern Ireland.

This month's series on Northern Ireland traces the long history of the Northern Irish conflict, and explores how the peace process is bedding down 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement.

In our first podcast, Roots, Dr Tim Wilson, Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews, takes us from the plantation of Ulster in the 17th century to the suspension of Home Rule during the First World War.

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Dr Tim Wilson continues the history of the Northern Irish conflict, taking us from the end of the First World War, when the British government turned once again to the Irish question, through a turbulent 20th century that ended with the historic 'Good Friday' Agreement and began the peace process we know today.


Dr Kieran McConaghy, Lecturer at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews, talks about growing up in County Armagh, making sense of different political narratives, and how the state's response to political violence shaped the Northern Irish conflict.


We travel to Belfast to hear from those who lived through and were involved in the Troubles. We ask how the 'Good Friday' Agreement has changed everyday life for them, about their experience of the peace process - the challenges and the successes - and how they see the future of Northern Ireland.


The series can also be accessed via iTunes

Graduate Conference on Terrorism and Political Violence - Provisional Programme

Provisional Programme

In light of the storm and associated Red Warning, the schedule for the CSTPV Postgraduate Conference has been amended:

Thursday’s panels will now be moved to Friday, 2nd March and all scheduled panels will run on that day — registration opens at 9:30am in Parliament Hall.

The public lecture scheduled for
tomorrow evening (Thursday, 1st March), with Professor Scott Straus, will go ahead as scheduled, at 5:15pm in Parliament Hall.


UK government bring in MI5 spies to plug leaks ahead of Brexit trade and security talks

CSTPV’s Charles Bird and IR’s Phillips O’Brien interviewed in this Sunday Herald article.

MI5 spies are being brought into the Brexit process amid fears that UK government leaks and covert surveillance by EU states could damage UK interests as crucial trade and security talks begin this week.

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Handa CSTPV Graduate Conference 2018


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.’

CSTPV Announcement - New Director Appointed

Dr Tim Wilson has been appointed Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews. Dr Wilson developed a distinguished early career track record at Queen’s, Belfast and Hertford College, Oxford, before transferring to St Andrews in 2011. Trained as an historian, his work ranges widely across sectarian conflict, state terrorism and nationalist violence.


Dr Wilson said in an inaugural statement:

As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2019, it is both an enormous honour and a privilege to assume the Directorship of an academic centre of truly global reputation. Back in 1994, our founding fathers Paul Wilkinson and Bruce Hoffman showed quite exceptional far-sightedness in foregrounding terrorism as a compelling subject for academic investigation in its own right: the tragic experiences of the early 21st century have only confirmed the wisdom of that original verdict. Under my leadership, the Centre will continue to champion research and teaching that is distinguished both for its intellectual quality and for its depth of insight.

CALL FOR PAPERS - Graduate Conference 2018

The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence
Graduate Conference

‘Contemporary Issues in Terrorism Studies’

1 & 2 March 2018
University of St Andrews, Scotland

Deadline for abstracts: 17th November 2017

Javier Argomaniz - Selected media contributions (August 2017)

* Dr Javier Argomaniz was interviewed in the aftermath of the Barcelona attacks at the BBC World Service Newsday programme. Dr Argomaniz discussed the situation on the ground, the Spanish response to the terrorist threat and the growing use of vehicles as weapons by violent extremists in Europe. (18 August 2017)

* Dr Javier Argomaniz has been interviewed today at BBC Radio 5 live Daily about the ISIS threat to Spain and the Counter-terror response by the authorities (18 August 2017)

* Javier Argomaniz has been interviewed at BBC News where he discussed the reasons for terrorists selecting Barcelona as a target, how the Spanish authorities are coping with the attack and the Moroccan connection.

* Javier Argomaniz interviewed about Jihadist radicalisation for BBC report

* Javier Argomaniz article at The Herald about the Barcelona attacks discusses the changing and growing radicalisation problem in Spain.

*Javier interviewed by Die Zeit on the Barcelona attacks (24 August 2017) PDF

The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence Distinguished Lecture

On Friday 30th June last, in conjunction with our benefactors, Dr Handa's Worldwide Support for Development , CSTPV was delighted to host a reception at the Royal United Services Institute in London. Sir John Key gave a lecture on the title of 'Living in a less certain and safe world', leading to a lively Q and A session. Seen here on either side of our banner are (from left to right): Sir Michael Fallon (Secretary of State for Defence); Sir John Key (ex-Prime Minister of New Zealand); Lord Menzies Campbell (Chancellor of the University of St Andrews); Dr Tim Wilson (Director, Handa CSTPV).




Tim Wilson - After the London Attack (3rd June 2017)

The attacks of the 22 March, 22 May and now 3 June 2017 across the UK have showed very considerable variation in terms of their modality and choice of targets. They range from an attack on the iconic home of British democracy (22 March) towards an attempt to kindle a war on public relaxation, with massacres at a pop concert in Manchester (22 May) and on pubs and bars around London Bridge (3 June).

Only the Manchester bomb attack showed any technical prowess here: the other attacks look rather opportunistic and improvised using an emergent template of a vehicle assault followed by a knife rampage. Such atrocities are low-tech in execution, but they rely upon state-of-the-art communications to generate a wider resonance. There is an inverse relationship between means and effects here. Thus, a tactically-crude attack can be launched in the full knowledge that a crowded street will be full of camera footage – dramatic images are guaranteed.

Yet for all their variation, all three of these attacks fully shared one common feature: that all five of the attackers went out, apparently, with a firm death wish and absolutely no intention of coming back. Even though only the Manchester attacker, Salman Abedi, actually blew his own physical frame into fragments, it is hard to believe the other four attackers did not expect to be gunned down - as they all promptly were. Here Prime Minister May’s proposal of longer custodial sentences for those who flirt with joining such missions seem unlikely to have much deterrence effect. If anything it may risk enhancing ‘rebel chic’: the perceived Islamist ‘glamour’ that pulls in discontented youth and gives them a cause and their lives – or, indeed, carefully staged deaths – meaning.

One should, of course, have a considerable measure of sympathy for all those from Theresa May downwards whose unenviable job it is to protect a society whose expectations of total protection and safety are quite so extraordinarily high. (After all, this is an age where you cannot buy a coffee without the cup carrying a warning that it might scald you.) In particular, the pressures on the police at the sharp end of the threat bear sympathetic assessment. Just over 100 years ago – in the Sydney Street siege of 1911 – the rules of engagement for the Metropolitan Police were so strict that they had to knock on the door of the anarchist hide-out and get themselves shot before they were allowed to fire back. Now they are expected to gun down suspected bombers accurately and within minutes. In 2017 they have done so flawlessly: in 2005, with the tragic killing of Jean-Charles de Menezes they did not. That must weigh on the minds of senior commanders such as Cressida Dick.

Perhaps most urgently, though, we also need to keep some wider sense of proportion here. Such terrorist attacks – which typically come in spasms, and then fade away – are an existential threat only to those individuals highly unfortunate enough to be caught directly in their path. For those maimed or bereaved or traumatised, the effect of such horrors may well be devastating and permanent. But societies are complex and resilient entities; and their continued existence is in no way fundamentally threatened by such atrocities.

There are, perhaps, lessons we can learn here from the 1970s when terrorism accounted for more victims across Western Europe than it does today. Yet back then the horrors of the day tended not to be discussed as an existential threat to civilisation – if only because any reflective person could see that blowing drinkers to bits in Birmingham and Guildford pubs did not represent the same type of generalised threat as a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.

The spectacle of 50,000 people turning up for the One Love Concert in Manchester on Sunday 4 June was an enormously resonant one: since the possibility of some sort of repeated attack must, one imagine, have crossed most peoples’ minds. And against the generally toxic post-Brexit backdrop, the gestures of support from other European capitals are all the more poignant. Synecdoche can make for powerful symbolic signalling – the Eiffel Tower dims its lights in solidarity with London; the Brandenburg Gate carries the projection of a giant Union Jack, and so on. Yet such gestures also perhaps inadvertently risk not only reinforcing these icons as terrorist targets in their own right, but also entrenching the suggestion that crudely-staged atrocities of tiny numbers of malcontents are somehow powerful existential assaults on whole cities, and indeed, nations. In the wake of the social media revolution, it is clearly impossible to return to the strategy of denying terrorists ‘the oxygen of publicity’. But we should certainly be wary, however unintentionally, of reinforcing their deluded world views and narratives.

Dr Tim Wilson

5 June 2017

Handa Studentships and Bursaries 2017

Applications must be received for the Dr Haruhisa Handa PhD Studentship and MLitt Bursary for session 2017/18 by 24 April 2017.

Further details

British Academy/Leverhulme grant

Alexander Kupatadze (Kings College London) and Javier Argomaniz (CSTPV) have been awarded a prestigious British Academy/Leverhulme Research Grant. The grants cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project in the humanities and social sciences. Alexander and Javier will investigate the overlap between petty criminals and violent extremists in European jihadist networks. As part of this study, an international conference will be organised in London to bring together experts on the subject to reflect on the most recent developments on this issue.

Call for Papers

The Airey Neave Trust Book Prize 2017

The Airey Neave Trust is delighted to announce the inauguration of an annual Airey Neave Memorial Book Prize (the “Neave” Prize) which is very generously being sponsored, for the next three years, by Pool Reinsurance Ltd, the Government backed terrorism reinsurance scheme.

The Neave Prize will be awarded annually to the work of non-fiction which the Judging Panel considers to have made the most significant, original, relevant, and practically valuable contribution to the understanding of terrorism1. The inaugural Prize will be awarded to a book published between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.

Further details

CSTPV represented at Inaugural Conference of Norway’s New Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), 24-5 May 2016

Three members of staff from the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) attended the inaugural conference of Norway’s new Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. CSTPV is one of C-REX’s three international partners, the others being the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University and the International Centre of Violence Research at the University of Bielefeld.


The conference brought together scholars from political science, criminology, anthropology, history, sociology, psychology and media studies to illumine the complexities of historical and contemporary right-wing extremism. Drs Peter Lehr and Bernhard Blumenau presented papers respectively on the different approaches to extreme right-wing and extreme left-wing political violence in the Federal Republic of Germany, and on East German State Security (Stasi) support of West German right-wing terrorists.

More information on this conference as well as on the background, staff, purposes and national and international partners of C-REX may be found at

Guardian League Tables 2017


We are delighted to announce that the School of International Relations (of which CSTPV is a part) has been placed first in the UK in the Politics subject category.

Overall the University of St Andrews was placed third in the UK just behind Oxbridge.

For full details please visit,523311,en.php

The league tables can be viewed at

Global Challenges – Annual Competition

The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) within the School of International Relations is pleased to announce an annual “team” Competition, open to current University of St Andrews Undergraduates (including those who study IR together with other subjects). The Competition aims to support students’ personal and academic development and their ability to work collaboratively, effectively and creatively. Each team will be mentored and supported by a designated academic in the School of IR.



Going the Distance - An Introduction to the CSTPV Distance Learning MLitt

Gillian Brunton at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence introduces the groundbreaking, distance-learning, postgraduate programme in terrorism and political violence.
The internationalisation of higher education (HE) is not a new idea, although it may appear to be taking some time for HE institutions to embrace the findings of various reports into this area of growth in student numbers. This article looks at the St Andrews University strategy for internationalisation, in particular at the MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence programme detailing the part-time distance-learning option and its current place in the postgraduate curriculum. Entry to this programme appeals to applicants in full-time employment or to those without a degree level qualification to undertake the distance postgraduate course after providing evidence of professional or other relevant experience of prior learning deemed to be broadly equivalent to other traditional routes of entry.

Read the full article

2016 Entry Postgraduate Scholarships

Full details of all Postgraduate Scholarships for 2016 entry can be found at

Applicants may also follow the
@StAfunding Twitter for updates.

Global History Day, The Scottish Centre for Global History, University of Dundee

18 May 2016
The morning will be devoted to 'New Work in Global History', which will see the book launches for Matt Graham's & Felicia Gottmann recent books respectively ( & The afternoon session 'Secessions & Declarations of Independence - a global perspective' with Steve Pincus, will feature responses to Steve' latest book manuscript on the American Declaration of Independence (which will be precirculated to those wishing to respond). A lively debate will be encouraged on independence & secessions both historical & contemporary.

All Sessions will be held in the River Rooms, Humanities Building, Tower, Level 9, University of Dundee.

Participation is free and graduate students and early-career scholars are particularly welcome. Places are limited. Please reserve yours by emailing Jenny Gorrod: HumanitiesDeanSec[at]

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Bernhard Blumenau - Terrorists don’t recognize borders. Europe’s security forces are failing because they do

CSTPV’s Dr Bernhard Blumenau was interviewed by Quartz (24/3/16).


Yesterday’s (March 22) attacks on the Brussels metro system and airport have been described as “an attack on all of Europe.” With Brussels having been struck a few months after Paris was subject to Europe’s worst terrorist attack in a decade, many are wondering how this can happen again, so soon and on such a large scale.

As the French and British leaders declared recently (pdf): “Europe is no longer a safe haven.”

Some have blamed the European Union (EU) itself for yet another catastrophic attack on a member state’s soil. But the Brussels attacks suggests the problem is the complete opposite: it’s Europe failure to work together across the region that’s the issue.


Bernhard Blumenau - More attacks like Brussels ‘can and will happen’, warns terrorism expert

CSTPV’s Dr Bernhard Blumenau was interviewed by The National (22/3/16) in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels:


As police patrols were stepped up at Scottish transport hubs in the wake of the Brussels bombings a terrorism expert warned that such attacks can and will happen again.

The warning came from Dr Bernhard Blumenau, who lectures in international relations at St Andrews University’s Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV).

Terror group Daesh was thought to be behind the Brussels attacks, and Blumenau told The National: “The advantage Daesh has is manpower – it has a lot of people who are committed to its cause and it can call on quite easily to plan attacks in European countries, because they have European passports or were born there and can quite easily hide in these places.

The example of Belgium shows that police and intelligence agencies were not aware that [terror mastermind] Salah Abdeslam was hiding there for a couple of months. I think we have enough evidence that these individuals at least have been travelling in several European countries in order to prepare operations there.

“That shows us there is a risk of these attacks happening and they will probably happen again.”


CSTPV Staff to attend Oslo Workshop on Right-Wing Extremism

Colleagues from CSTPV are attending a joint workshop organised by Oslo’s Center for Research on Extremism (C-Rex) with speakers coming also from the University of Leiden and the University of Bielefeld in Oslo on 24 and 25 May 2016. Participants from the four universities or centres will present their recent and ongoing research projects on right-wing political violence and terrorism and will explore possibilities for future cooperation and joint research projects. CSTPV will be represented by Dr Mark Currie, Dr Peter Lehr, Dr Jeffrey Murer and Dr Bernhard Blumenau.

2016 Guardian University Rankings


The University of St Andrews is ranked the third best university in the United Kingdom (after Oxbridge) and top in Scotland, according to The Guardian University Guide 2016. The University of St Andrews is the only Scottish University in the top fifteen.

The Handa CSTPV is delighted that the School of International Relations, of which the CSTPV is a part, has been ranked top in the UK in the Politics subject area. Three other schools at St Andrews were also ranked first in their field.

The Guardian’s league tables rank universities according to: spending per student; the student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; what grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey (NSS).


The 2016 Guardian University Rankings can be viewed in full here.

Hoffman's 'Anonymous Soldiers' Earns Top Washington Institute Book Prize

The Handa CSTPV is delighted to report that CSTPV Professor of Terrorism Studies Dr Bruce Hoffman has won the prestigious Washington Institute Book Prize for his book ‘Anonymous Soldiers’.


The Washington Institute Book Prize is given annually to outstanding new books that have illuminated the Middle East for American readers. "The competition recognizes the pinnacle of new scholarship on the issues affecting the complex politics, history and society of the Middle East, encourages authors and publishers to produce outstanding works, and identifies 'must-reads' for people concerned about events and trends in the region, from the school house to the White House," said Institute Executive Director Dr. Robert Satloff, who is also the Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy.


Handa Studentships and Bursaries 2016

Applications are invited for the Dr Haruhisa Handa PhD Studentship and MLitt Bursary at the University of St Andrews for session 2016/17.

The deadline for applications is 25 April 2016.

Further details

Fear of terrorism must be kept in proportion - Richard English

Richard English in The Guardian, 2 December 2015.

The tragic events in Nairobi this week – where a simulated terror drill at a university was mistaken in panic for a genuine attack, with one person dying as a consequence and others being injured – reflect the many ways in which terrorism can affect societies. But are there patterns to our responses to the threat of non-state terrorism and, if so, might recognition of these patterns help us as we think of how best to react?

Read more…

'Terrorism is also a social activity' -

CSTPV’s Dr Rashmi Singh was interviewed as part of an article on on the terror attacks in Paris and Daesh's strategy and future.

In a separate interview Rashmi was also interviewed by Radio Farda (Persian language).

Why we care more about Paris - Boston Globe

CSTPV’s Dr Javier Argomaniz was interviewed for this article in the Boston Globe (18/11/15)

Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Paris - Richard English

The appalling events in Paris on 13 November force us, once again, to think carefully about the paradoxically intimate relationship between terrorism and counter-terrorism. The immediate response we should all feel is one of horror at the callous violence, and empathy regarding the victims. Beyond this, however, serious analysis is required if we genuinely want to minimize the recurrence of such atrocities in the future.

Read the full blog posting on the British Academy website.

‘13/11’: Terror in Paris. Context and Implications - Bernhard Blumenau

CSTPV’s Dr Bernhard Blumenau writing on the terrorist attacks in Paris (13/11/15)

Papiers d'actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective
Fondation Pierre du Bois
No 8, November 2015

On the night of 13 November 2015, Paris was hit by a wave of events that stand out in Europe’s history of encounters with terrorism. Starting with three suicide bombers during a friendly game between the German and French national football teams, a series of other assaults occurred throughout the city: People were shot indiscriminately at bars, restaurants, and a concert.

At the time of this writing, the number of fatalities had reached 129 with more than 200 other people severely wounded, meaning that casualty figures could rise even further. Second only to the Madrid bombings of 2004, this is one of the worst non-hijacking-related terrorist attacks in recent European history and happened less than one year after the assaults on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015. At the moment, everything seems to indicate that this was but the latest attack of the Islamic State (IS) against Western countries that play an important role in the fight against the IS in the Middle East. It came only days after the French government had announced that it would deploy the aircraft carrier ‘Charles de Gaulle’ in the eastern Mediterranean to contribute to the international air strikes that are already taking place against the IS. How does this recent attack fit into the context of not only French but European terrorism? What are the underlying causes and finally, what are its implications?

Read the full article

IS attacks and not playing their game - Gilbert Ramsay

For the terrorists, best would be to be left alone to consolidate. Next best would be an epic all-out confrontation with western infidel ground forces. We should not give them what they want.


Jihadist Cell in Europe Arrested: “Huge Success, but only the tip of the iceberg"

Dr Rashmi Singh’s interview with Radio Sputnik World Service (Moscow Bureau) on 13 November 2015.

CSTPV Public Events 2015/6 - Semester One

15 October 2015


Dr Anthony Richards (University of East London)

Workshop focusing on Anthony Richards, Conceptualizing Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Hebdomadar’s Room, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, 5pm

12 November 2015


Professor David Holloway (Stanford University)

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

School III, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, 5pm

3 December 2015


Jointly hosted by CSTPV/CREEM, University of St Andrews: ‘Challenges and Perspectives in Modelling the Spatial Dynamics of Conflict and Terrorism’

Speakers: Dr Len Thomas (University of St Andrews), Dr Guido Sanguinetti (University of Edinburgh), Prof Niels Weidmann (University of Konstanz), Dr Janine Illian (University of St Andrews)

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

All Welcome

MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence - Application Deadline

This is a reminder that all applications for the MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence must be submitted in full by 30 April 2015. Applications received after that date will not be accepted for September 2015 entry.

For further information please visit our
MLitt page or contact us by email.

Lecture: Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom

America’s Role ´┐╝in the World: Hands On or Hands Off?

The Honorable Matthew Barzun, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

Thursday 9 April 2015, 5.30 pm Lecture Theatre, School of Medical and Biological Sciences

This lecture is open to all current students and staff at St Andrews.

Doors open at 5.10pm, and entry will be on production of a valid staff or matriculation card.

To register, please go to:


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).

For more details:

The Irvine Memorial Lecture 2015

The Politics of Pain - the Production of Violence in the Middle East

Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS

Thursday 26 February 2015
5.30, Lecture Theatre
Arts Faculty Building


Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence – The roles of Victims and Perpetrators

University College Cork, March 30th 2015 – Aula Maxima 08:45
Registration open until March 15th 2015

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Research Excellence Framework 2014 Results

The University of St Andrews has been ranked top in Scotland and 14th in the United Kingdom for the quality of its research publications across a number of disciplines, according to the results of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework published on 18 December 2014.

The REF 2014 – a detailed analysis of the research strengths of all UK universities - has demonstrated that 82% of all research carried out at St Andrews is world-leading or internationally excellent and at least 98% is internationally recognised.

Commenting on the results University Principal and CSTPV Professorial Fellow Professor Louise Richardson said:

“To have come top in Scotland for the quality of our research publications and to have demonstrated wide-reaching international impact from our research in the Sciences and the Arts is a considerable achievement.

REF 2014 confirms that St Andrews, notwithstanding its small size, continues to punch well above its weight at a time of significantly increased competition in the sector. We are immensely proud of our staff and their dedication to producing work of world-leading quality and impact."

Further detailed information on the REF 2014 can be found here.

Carnegie/Caledonian Postgraduate Scholarships - 2015 entry

The Carnegie/Caledonian Postgraduate Scholarships are open to applicants with a First-Class Honours degree from a Scottish university and who are interested in starting a Postgraduate Research degree.

The application process for this scholarship has recently changed, and applicants must now complete an application form and send it to the University Fees & Funding team. The application form requires input from the applicant’s prospective PhD Supervisor, and the form must be completed in full and submitted to us no later than the internal deadline of 12 noon (GMT), Friday 30 January 2015, for the next stage of the selection process. The University as a whole will nominate up to 5 candidates for submission to the Carnegie Trust.

For full details of the scholarship and application process, please visit this webpage.

Call for Papers - ECPR General Conference, Standing Group on Political Violence

Université de Montréal, 26-29 August 2015
Political Violence: Identity and Ideology

The ECPR Standing Group on Political Violence is organising a section entitled Political Violence: Identity and Ideology for the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference to be held at the Université de Montréal, 26-29 August 2015. Papers are now invited for submission via myECPR, the deadline is 16 February 2015.

Further details

9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations: The Worlds of Violence

Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 September 2015, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy

The call for panel, roundtable and paper proposals is now open. (

CSTPV’s Dr Rashmi Singh is the co-chair of Section S53 - Terrorism as a Phenomenon and Object of Study.

Conference website

Call for applications - PhD Scholarship in Political Theory

Applications are invited for a PhD Scholarship in Political Theory which will be funded through a research project at the University of Edinburgh. Read More...

Call for Papers - Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence – The roles of victims and perpetrators

Call for Conference Papers

Understanding Terrorism and Political Violence – The roles of victims and perpetrators
In conjunction with the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews (CSTPV) and funded by the European Commission (RAD), the Department of Sociology at University College.


Interview with John Keane, the University of St Andrews artist in residence

John Keane, artist in residence at the University of St Andrews, talks about the political influences behind his painting and his views on the relationship between art, performance and politics.

He was interviewed by CSTPV PhD candidate Christiana Spens in Studio International.

Handa Studentship and Bursary - MLitt and PhD Students

PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for the Dr Haruhisa Handa PhD Studentship, for full-time PhD research into any aspect of Terrorism and Political Violence, with study to commence on 1 September 2015. The successful candidate will be supervised by one of the academic staff at CSTPV, a research centre located within the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. The successful candidate will receive a Studentship of approximately £13,000 per annum for a period of three years; during which time their tuition fees (home or international) will also be paid in full.

Further Information

MLitt Bursary

Applications are invited for the Dr Haruhisa Handa MLitt Bursary at the University of St Andrews, for full-time, residential study on the MLitt 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.

Further Information

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.




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.

Workshop: IEDs: Legacies and Myths

11 - 13 September 2014

An interdisciplinary workshop organised by the School of International Relations and the University of Hull.

Held at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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Complete University Guide 2015 - University of St Andrews ranked 4th in UK

The Complete University Guide 2015, which rates entrants on areas such as student satisfaction and facilities, has ranked the University of St Andrews as fourth in the UK, the best multi-faculty after Oxbridge and the only Scottish university in the top 20.

Louise Richardson, University Principal and CSTPV Professorial Fellow, said : “Every university is only as good as the people who ­research, teach and study there so this ranking is essentially a reflection of the dedication and talent of St Andrews students and staff.”

For more information please view the following pages:

The Complete University Guide 2015

The Scotsman

CSTPV 20th Anniversary Symposium - September 2014

Terrorism Research: Past, Present and Future

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

Registration is now open for the 20th Anniversary CSTPV Symposium, 19th - 20th September 2014 . This event is free to attend so no official registration is required, however for catering, please visit our online shop and submit the relevant details.

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CSTPV MLitt Graduate in the Media

MLitt in Terrorism Studies Graduate, Martin Joseph Gallagher has made headlines this week in the Sunday Times and on Radio Ulster following publication of his article ‘Terrorism and Organised Crime: Co-operative Endeavours in Scotland?’ in Terrorism and Political Violence, published online on 7th December 2013.


Terror Through Time

In a major new series, journalist Fergal Keane uncovers the roots of modern terrorism, from the horrors of the French Revolution through the age of the great anarchist scare to the scourge of hijacking and the latest developments in counter-terrorism.

CSTPV’s Richard English, Tim Wilson, Gilbert Ramsay and Louise Richardson have all contributed to this landmark series.

Transmission: BBC Radio 4, Mon-Fri from 7th October at 13.45 with an omnibus edition on Fridays at 21.00

Terror Through Time