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Nick Brooke is a Teaching Fellow in Terrorism Studies at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, where he teaches at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. He holds an MA in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, an MLitt in Terrorism Studies from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. His doctoral thesis examined the relationship between nationalism and political violence in the United Kingdom, considering why political violence was a greater feature of the nationalist movements in some parts of the British Isles and not others. Nick’s research interests include terrorism, nationalism, non-violent protest and identity and the interplay between these phenomena, as well as Scottish and British politics and representations of political violence in popular culture.

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Thursday 10am–12noon or by appointment.

Terrorism and Nationalism in the United Kingdom: The Absence of Noise. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2018.

“Scotland and the Politics of Intelligence Accountability” (With Colin Atkinson and Brian Harris), in Security in a Small Nation, Edited by Dr Andrew Neal; Open Book Publishers, 2017.

Review of The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution, Journal of Intelligence and National Security, 2016

Review of Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the global jihadist movement: what everyone needs to know, Journal of Intelligence and National Security, 2016.


Violence in Deeply-Divided Societies (IR3045)

Bloodshed is what tends to keep divided societies in the headlines: yet the nature of this violence often remains under-examined as a political force in its own right. This module seeks to explain what drives processes of violence in deeply divided societies with particular emphasis on what happens at the grassroots and between communities. The module combines theory with in-depth consideration of four case studies from across Europe and the Middle East, taking a longer-term view of conflict in Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia and Iraq.


Fundamental Issues and Structures of Terrorism (IR5951)

This module is the first in our distance-learning MLitt Terrorism and Political Violence programme, and is designed to present core conceptual issues. These issues will include: Terrorism as a field of study - emergence and evolution; Definitional, conceptual, typological and theoretical issues; History of Terrorism; Ideology, Religion and Terrorism; Terrorist Organisations and Campaigns - stand-alone terrorism and terrorism combined with guerrilla warfare and political party work; Terrorism and Democracy - legal and human rights issues; Terrorism and Repression - counter-insurgency and counter-terror; Terrorism and Domestic and International Conflict - asymmetric warfare and humanitarian issues; Terrorism and Crime - linkage and law enforcement issues; Terrorism and Communication - propaganda and psychological warfare. We will cover three structures in relation to these concepts. Inside terrorist organisations and their support groups: Profiles of the most active terrorist groups - case studies. The structure of the international system and international counter-terrorist measures. Victims of terrorism and their national and transnational support organisations.