Student Editor, CSTPV Blog
Archie Philipps is studying for an MLitt in Terrorism and Political Violence at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews. He previously earned an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages (French & German) from Exeter College, Oxford. At Oxford, he worked on, among other topics, memory and violence in North Africa (particularly Algeria) and Nazi Germany, and the literature of East Germany. He served as Secretary of the Oxford International Relations Society and contributed to the society’s journal The Lighthouse, and podcast service, The Beacon. During his undergraduate studies, he spent a year at Paris-IV Sorbonne, taking classes in political philosophy, history of international relations, and Arabic language. While at the Sorbonne, also participated in Model United Nations and regularly contributes to the international affairs section of the interuniversity student newspaper La Gazelle.
During his MLitt studies, Archie focusses on a wide range of areas in terrorism, political violence, and broader contentious politics. A particular current interest is ‘extremist’, particularly religious, ideologies, and the interface between religion, territory, and violence, including in Islamist and Religious Zionist ideas. His MLitt dissertation will be on Al-Muhajiroun and their goal of establishing an Islamic state in the United Kingdom.