E: sja8@st-andrews.ac.uk

Thesis title

Loyalist Paramilitaries in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland: Powerless and Irrelevant, or Capable and Destructive?

Supervisor: Professor Richard English

Thesis Summary

Loyalist Paramilitary actors in the Northern Irish post conflict paradigm are the focus for this thesis. The research will empirically analyse and interrogate the genetic evolution of Loyalist Para-militarism and the state response it evoked, before examining the movement’s present status in terms of capability and capacity to impact on the peace process. The study will address key questions around the Loyalist groups and the influence issues such as sectarianism, indiscipline and state counter terrorism strategies may have on their actions to inform the wider body of scholarly knowledge in respect of pro-state terrorist groups and a counter terrorism response.