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The staff of CSTPV are world-leading academics and are often asked to comment on terrorism and political violence by news organisations throughout the world. Here is a collection of open source and pay-will restricted articles and videos featuring commentary from the academics and associates of CSTPV.

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“British police declare Liverpool taxi explosion a ‘terrorist incident,’ but admit the motive remains unknown”The Washington Post, 16 November 2021

“Neo-Nazis in Scotland: Could the Banff Bomber be the Tip of the Icerberg?”, The Press and Journal, 17 August 2020

“There’s a Reactivated Forcefield of Tensions Here”: An Exclusive Interview with Dr. Tim WilsonTechnical Politics, 29 January 2021

“Gabrielle Friel: ‘incel’ obsessive guilty of terror charge”The Times, 16th December 2020

“Internet obsessive, 22, is convicted of having crossbow, arrows, machete and ballistic vest but cleared of plotting to carry out ‘spree killing’ inspired by ‘involuntary celibate’ movement”The Daily Mail, 15th December 2020

“Interview: UK terror threat level could remain for some time, says expert”, 21st November 2020

“Covid pandemic may be hiding signs of radical terrorism, expert warns”The National, 8th November 2020

“France Terrorist Attacks Interview”Euro News, 20th October 2020

“St Andrews academic says lie detectors could be used in rehabilitation of terrorists – it just depends how far democracies want to go”The Courier, 5th September 2020

“Climate conference terrorism fear after civil service blunder”The Times, 17th February 2020

“I took the official counter-terror course – and soon saw bomb threats everywhere”iNews, 18th December 2019

“As we go hi-tech, terrorists get more primitive”, The Sun, 5th November 2019

“UK terror threat at 5-year low, says Priti Patel”, Financial Times, 4th November 2019

“St Andrews terrorism expert ‘extremely worried’ about Brexit ignorance at ‘highest levels’ of British government”, The Courier, 5th October 2019

‘We are told total strangers might slaughter us’The Courier, 24th September 2019

“St Andrews academic highlights terrorism fears at New Zealand mosque attack inquiry”The Courier, 15th August 2019


“Ein Imam und elf Jünger”, Die Zeit, 24 August 2017 

“Barcelona attacks: Spain’s long anti-terror experience”, BBC News Website, 18 August 2017

“Barcelona attacks: reasons for terrorists selecting Barcelona as a target, how the Spanish authorities are coping with the attack and the Moroccan connection”, BBC TV News, 18 August 2017 

“Barcelona attacks: the ISIS threat to Spain and the Counter-terror response by the authorities”, BBC Radio 5 live Daily, 18 August 2017

“Barcelona attacks: situation on the ground, the Spanish response to the terrorist threat and the growing use of vehicles as weapons by violent extremists in Europe”, BBC World Service radio, Newsday, 17 August 2017

“Effectiveness of Spanish C-T policies and the impact of terrorism on elections”, BBC World Service radio, Newsday, 6 June 2017

“ETA plans to unilaterally disarm”, BBC Radio Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, 8 April 2017 

“Europe’s New Counterterror Center Unlikely to Make Quick Impact, VOA, 22 February 2016 

“Why we care more about Paris”, Boston Globe, 18 November 2015 

“Are Europe’s open borders a terrorist’s paradise?”, Haaretz, 20 January 2015

“ETA hands over weapons”, BBC Radio 5 Live, Up All Night, 21 February 2014 

“European Court of Human Rights tells Spain to free ETA militant Del Rio”, BBC Radio 5 Live, Up All Night, 22 October 2013

“Soldat tué à Londres: “Ce type d’attaque est très attractif pour les médias””, L’Express, 23rd May 2013

“Csak a TEK látja a terroristák magyar tűzfészkét”, Origo, 22nd May 2013

“Gana el terrorismo guerra psicológica”, Reforma, 6th September 2011 


“The changing face of Spain’s long, painful history of terrorism”, The Herald, 19th August 2017  

“The idea that the EU undermines English liberty is nonsense”, Open Democracy, 1st June 2016 (with Ramsay, G.) 

“The needs of the victims of terrorism”, 17th October 2014, political violence at a glance blog (with Lynch, O.).

“Theorising EU Counter-terrorism”, e-International Relations, 29th August 2013 

Nice Terrorist Attack, Kristeligt Dagblad, 30 October 2020

Right-Wing Terrorism in Germany, Hanau Attack, Kristeligt Dagblad, 21 February 2020

London Terror Attacks February 2020, Kristeligt Dagblad, 4 February 2020

Right-Wing Extremism and Terrorism, Kristeligt Dagblad, 11 October 2020

Terrorism in the 1970s and Trends in Terrorism, Kristeligt Dagblad, 1 April 2019

History of Right-Wing Terrorism, Kristeligt Dagblad, 16 March 2019

Political Assassinations, Kristeligt Dagblad, 16 January 2019

History of Terrorism, Kristeligt Dagblad, 21 October 2017

IS vinder krigen online ved at agere som en insektsværm, Kristeligt Dagblad, 21 September 2017

Manchester Attacks 2017, Kristeligt Dagblad, 23-24 August 2017

Terror Attacks in France in 2016, Kristeligt Dagblad, 6 January 2017

Berlin Christmas Market Attacks 2016, Berlingske, 21 December 2016

Attacks on Berlin Christmas Market 2016, Kristeligt Dagblad, 21 December 2016

Terror Attacks in Nice in 2016, Kristeligt Dagblad, 16 July 2016

Refugees in Europe and Terrorism, Kristeligt Dagblad, 14 July 2016

Terrorism in Europe, Lithuanian radio LRT, 27 March 2016

Paris and Brussels Terror Attacks 2015/2016: Reasons and Responses, The National, 23 March 2016

German Foreign Policy, Le Temps, 20 November 2015