Semester 2 2020/2021 Events

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Media Development Aid and Preventing Violent Extremism
some distinctions in communication interventions in conflict

Professor Jake Lynch, University of Sydney

Thursday 15 April, 5pm BST

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Jake Lynch is the most published and most cited author on Peace Journalism, with six books and over sixty articles and book chapters to his credit. His work has appeared in field-leading scholarly journals, and been translated into languages including Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia. He served as Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association from 2010-12. Jake has also devised and delivered training courses for professional editors and reporters in many countries, for clients including major official aid agencies. For his contributions to both theory and practice, he was awarded the 2017 Luxembourg Peace Prize, by the Schengen Peace Foundation. Before taking up an academic post at the University of Sydney, in 2007, Jake enjoyed a near-20-year career in journalism, with spells as a Political Correspondent for Sky News and Australia Correspondent for The Independent, culminating in a role as on-air presenter at BBC World TV News, for whom he presented over 1,000 live news bulletins. He won five international awards for his documentary film, Soldiers of Peace, narrated by Michael Douglas. In 2020, he was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations of Coventry University. In 2019, his debut novel, Blood on the Stone, an historical mystery thriller set in Oxford of the 17th Century, was published by Unbound Books.

The Transnational Extreme-Right

Past, Present, and Future: A Three Part Series 12 April – 10 May 2021

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The History of Extreme-Right Transnationalism

12 April 2021, 3pm BST 

The event starts at 7am PDT/ 10am EDT / 3pm BST / 4pm CEST.

Chair: Dr Tim Wilson, University of St Andrews

Bàrbara Molas, York University (Toronto)

 Transnational Francoism: The British and The Canadian Friends of National Spain (1930s-1950s)

Dr Paul Jackson, University of Northampton

Transnational neo-Nazism in the 1960s: The World Union of National Socialists

Dr Graham Macklin, C-REX, University of Oslo

The Americanisation of Britain’s extreme right

Contemporary Extreme-Right Transnationalism

26 April 2021, 3pm BST 

The event starts at 7am PDT/ 10am EDT / 3pm BST / 4pm CEST.

Chair: Dr Sarah Marsden, University of St Andrews

Noah Tucker, University of St Andrews

From ‘Family Values’ Diplomacy to Pan-Eurasianism and Armed Insurgency: The Evolving Political Utility of Russian Far-Right Internationalism 

Marilyn Mayo, Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism 

The Internationalization of White Supremacy

Dr Kacper Rekawek, Counter Extremism Project (soon to be C-REX, University of Oslo)

Tip of the Spear: Far-Right Violence Abroad 

What’s next for Extreme-Right Transnationalism?

10 May 2021, 3pm BST

The event starts at 7am PDT/ 10am EDT / 3pm BST / 4pm CEST.

Chair: Dr Olivia Brown, University of Bath

Dr Ryan Scrivens, Michigan State University

Global Reach, Local Presence: Future Trends in the Transnational Extreme Right-Wing Movement Online

Julia Ebner, Institute For Strategic Dialogue

 LARPS, Trojan Horses and DIY Terrorism 

Dr Benjamin Lee, University of St Andrews

Think Global, Act Local

Paul Wilkinson Memorial Lecture 2021
Thursday 4 March
5pm GMT
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Professor Paul Gill, University College London
What is a risk factor for (violent) extremism?

Paul Gill is a Professor of Security and Crime Science at University College London. He has over 90 publications on the topic of terrorist behaviour. He has conducted research funded by the Office for Naval Research, the Department of Homeland Security, DSTL, the European Union, the National Institute of Justice, CREST, Public Safety Canada and MINERVA. He currently manages European Research Council Starter Grant project entitled GRIEVANCE. These projects focused upon various aspects of terrorist behaviour including the IED development, creativity, terrorist network structures, risk assessment and management, and lone-actor terrorism. 

Solidarity with Belarus
Friday 5 February
2:30pm GMT
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Belarus has been under the ever-tightening authoritarian grip of Alyaksandr Lukashenka since 1994, including a series of deeply flawed elections. But the presidential election on 9 August 2020 propelled the country into a phase of unprecedented popular mobilisation for democracy and human dignity – joint opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya confounded the regime’s presumption of dominance through patronage and fear with a resounding electoral victory.

The rigged official results, unsurprisingly, saw Lukashenka named as the winner. The surprise which followed was the massive, snowballing popular rejection of the electoral theft. These demonstrations were met by unprecedented levels of violent repression, including documented rapes, brutal beatings, murders in security force custody, and mass detentions.

Tsikhanouskaya, now operating from Vilnius, has designated 7 February 2021 the Day of Solidarity with Belarus. The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), together with the Schools of International Relations and History at the University of St Andrews, has assembled a panel to discuss the current situation, what the democratic world’s policy responses should be, and how ordinary citizens can show solidarity.


Andrei Dynko, editor of Nasha Niva
Alexandra Logvinova, head of public outreach for Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Dr Tomasz Kamusella, Reader at University of St Andrews School of History
Professor Rick Fawn, Professor at University of St Andrews School of International Relations
Dr Tim Wilson, Director of CSTPV
Stephen Gethins, Professor in Practice at University School of International Relations
Dr Kurt Bassuener, Seniro Associate at Democratisation Policy Council

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Poster - Solidarity with Belarus