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Joel Busher

Joel Busher is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), Coventry University. His research examines, 1) the social ecology of political violence and anti-outsider politics, and 2) the implementation of counter-terrorism policy and its societal impacts. His work centres on the micro- and meso-level processes of collective action – the rituals that shape and comprise our everyday lives; the cognitive and moral orders that we make, break and patch together...


Daniela Pisoiu

Daniela I. Pisoiu completed her PhD study at the University of St Andrews – School of International Relations and the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence on the topic of Islamist radicalisation processes in Germany, France and Austria and acted as tutor within the Certificate in Terrorism Studies Programme. Between 2005 and 2006 she was a Fulbright junior scholar at the University of Cincinnati, where she also carried out a research project on the integration and...


Donald Holbrook

Donald Holbrook is a Visiting Fellow at ICCT. He became a lecturer at the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion at Lancaster University, UK, in September 2016. Prior to that he was Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews, which he joined in 2008. His research has focused mostly on beliefs, ideas, and media in the context of terrorism and political violence, especially on how terrorists interact with...


Richard English

Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen's University Belfast, where he is also Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. During 20111-16 he was Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of eight books, including Armed Struggle: The...


Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson is Professor of Peace Studies and Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is known as one of the founding scholars of the field of Critical Terrorism Studies, and has published a number of books, articles and chapters on the critical study of terrorism. He is the founding editor and current editor-in-chief of the journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and his latest book is The Routledge Handbook of Critical...


Petter Nesser

Petter Nesser is a senior researcher at FFI’s Terrorism Research Group. He is trained in the areas of Social Science, Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic at the University of Oslo (UiO) and The American University in Cairo (AUC). Dr Nesser has conducted extensive research on militant Islamism (jihadism) in Europe for more than a decade while focusing on motivational factors, recruitment and radicalization processes. He has communicated research findings in Norway and internationally, through...


The Good Friday Agreement: Anthill Podcast

April 10, 2018, was the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement. The Agreement is seen as the cornerstone of the existing peace in Northern Ireland. Our friends in the Anthill podcast interviewed a number of experts about the Agreement, it's key actors, and where it stands today. Within this podcast they interviewed a range of experts on this topic, including the Talking Terror host John Morrison.


Noemie Bouhana

Noémie Bouhana is Senior Lecturer in Security and Crime Science at UCL, where she leads the Counter-Terrorism Research Group and convenes the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. She holds a BA in Political Studies from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Lyon, an MA in Political Science from Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, and an MPhil and PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. Most recently, Noémie led the €2.9M EU FP7 PRIME project, an international,...


Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at La Salle University in Philadelphia. He was previously a Lecturer in International Relations and Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St. Andrews. He is also an alumnus of the Political Science Department at La Salle. His research interests are on terrorism and political violence, with particular reference to the strategic use of violence in insurgencies...


Victor Asal

Victor Asal currently serves as Chair of the Department of Public Administration and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also, along with R. Karl Rethemeyer, the co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict. Dr. Asal is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Dr. Asal’s...


James Forest

James Forest is Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University. He previously served on the faculty of the United States Military Academy (2001-2010), six of those years as Director of Terrorism Studies within the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. Dr. Forest has...


Mary Beth Altier

Mary Beth Altier is a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Dr. Altier received her PhD from Princeton University and then worked as a postdoc on a project on terrorist disengagement, re-engagement, and recidivism at the Pennsylvania State University. She’s also conducted postdoctoral research on the stability of democracies formed during different wartime settings. Dr. Altier is currently working on a book manuscript based upon her dissertation,...


Jason Burke

In today's special episode of Talking Terror John Morrison speaks to the Guardian journalist Jason Burke. In the discussion they talk about Jason's journalistic career which has seen him become one of the world leading experts on Islamic militancy, and Al Qaeda and IS specifically. While the chat focuses on his journalistic career broadly it primarily focuses on his books: Al Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam, Al Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror, On the Road to Kandahar: Travels...


Mia Bloom

Mia Bloom is Professor of Communication at Georgia State University. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. She has authored several books and articles on terrorism and violent extremism including Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Living Together After Ethnic Killing [with Roy Licklider] (2007) and Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011). She is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and...


The Private Sector Role, CT and CVE: A Talking Terror Special

In this special episode of Talking Terror John talks to Hugo Rosemont, the Director of Security and Resilience Sector at the ADS Group, and Ross Frenett the co-director and co-founder of Moonshot CVE. Their discussion looks at the role that the private sector has to play in both countering violent extremism and countering terrorism. Within this they talk about the advantages and disadvantages the private sector has in this role, and how it can work best with the public sector, and...


Thomas Hegghammer

Thomas Hegghammer by Terrorism and Extremism Research Centre (TERC)


Boko Haram Part 2: A Talking Terror Special

In this second part of the Boko Haram special episode John talks to Hilary Matfess about the role which women play in Boko Haram. It assesses their role within the group as well as as targets of Boko Haram. This discussion is largely based around her recent book 'Women and the War on Boko Haram: Wives, Weapons, Witnesses' published by Zed books.


Katherine Brown

Dr Katherine E Brown is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at University of Birmingham, specialising in gender, jihad and counter-terrorism. Her research examines Muslim women's involvement in political violence, the role of gender in jihadist ideology, and the gendered impact of counter-terrorism policies and practices worldwide. This work engages directly with public debates on security, religion, and women's rights. She has published widely and is currently working on a monograph on...


Boko Haram Part 1: A Talking Terror Special

This is the first in a two part episode looking at the West African terrorist group Boko Haram. In this episode John talks to David Otto, the Director of TGS Intelligence and Security Consultants. Within the chat they discuss the history and origins of Boko Haram, the group's links with ISIS and the counter-terrorist efforts which have taken place locally, nationally, regionally and internationally.


Amarnath Amarasingam

Amarnath Amarasingam is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a Fellow at The George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, and Co-Directs a study of Western foreign fighters based at the University ofWaterloo. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (2015). His research interests are in radicalization, terrorism, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology ofreligion. He is the editor of Sri...


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