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Semester 2 2020/2021 Events

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The Paul Wilkinson Memorial Lecture 2022

Thursday 3 March

6:15pm GMT

Buchanan Theatre, Union Street, St Andrews

Email [email protected] to book your space.

Featuring Dr Raphaël Lefèvre, New College, Oxford

Raphaël’s central research interest is the changing nature of Sunni Islamism in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Levant. His work aims to produce a general account of the ways in which grand Islamist discourses have often been used by political actors to express and address a range of less obvious, more local, socio-economic and political grievances. It is situated at the crossroads of political sociology, urban studies and international relations. His PhD thesis, entitled “The ‘Islamic Emirate’ of North Lebanon: the rise and fall of the Tawheed movement in Tripoli, 1982-1985”, explored how the emergence of a radical Islamist group in the Lebanese city of Tripoli during the 1980s reflected the city’s deep inner social tensions. His first book looked at how, in Syria, the rise of Islamism in the 1970s came to embody Sunni urban middle class opposition to an ‘Alawi and rural-dominated political system. Raphaël is now focusing his research at New College on contemporary Islamist trends and in particular on the political and social dynamics lying behind the rise of Salafist movements. 

Constraining Violence

Thursday 25 November

5pm – 6:30pm GMT

A round table discussion on constraining violence in groups in association with the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats.

Watch the lecture now on Youtube.

Chaired by Dr Tim Wilson, CSTPV

Tim Wilson directs the CSTPV at the University of St Andrews. An expert witness for the New Zealand’ government’s Royal Commission into the Christchurch Mosque shootings, he is a frequent commentator on terrorism in the media.

Dr Joel Busher, CTPSR – “Intra-group brakes on violent escalation: how they work and fail”

Dr Joel Busher is a Senior Research Fellow at CTPSR, Coventry University. His primary research interests are in the social ecology of political violence and anti-minority activism, and the implementation of counter-terrorism policy and its societal impacts.

Dr Sarah Carthy and Dr Bart Schuurman, Leiden University, “Understanding non-involvement in terrorist violence”

Sarah Carthy is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) in the Netherlands. Her recent work was in the area of radicalization, where she explored the potential for counter-narratives in the context of prevention. In her current role, she is working alongside Bart Schuurman on a multi-year, multi-region project on non-involvement in terrorist violence.

Bart Schuurman is an Associate Professor at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA). His past work has looked contemporary terrorism and counterterrorism from a variety of perspectives, including the role of public support in determining counterterrorism success or failure, the causes of homegrown jihadism and the state of the field of research. His current research project studies the differences between individuals who radicalize to extremism but do not use terrorist violence, and those who do. This research is being carried out with Dr. Sarah Carthy.

Dr Sarah Marsden and Dr Benjamin Lee, CSTPV, “Limits on Violent Extremism: Conceptualising protective factors and subcultural constraints ”

Sarah Marsden is a Senior Lecturer at CSTPV. Her research and teaching take an interdisciplinary approach to radical and violent politics.

Benjamin Lee is a Senior Research Associate at the CSTPV where his research work is funded by the CREST. His research interests centre on the extreme-right, and in particular organisational change, terrorism, and subcultural approaches to extremism.


Global Collaboration against Terrorism in the 1970s

With Dr Silke Zoller, Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University

Thursday 28 October

5:30pm – 7pm BST

Watch the lecture here.

Silke Zoller is an assistant professor of history at Kennesaw State University. She holds a Ph.D. from Temple University and a M.A. from Tuebingen University, Germany. Silke has researched counterterrorism history in postdoctoral fellowships at the Clements Center for National Security and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

Poster - Silke Zoller