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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...


Kumar Ramakrishna

Dr. Kumar Ramakrishna is a tenured Associate Professor and Head Policy Studies, as well as Coordinator of the National Security Studies Programme, in the Office of the Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Prior to this appointment he was Head, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) in RSIS (2006-2015). He co-edited The New Terrorism: Anatomy, Trends and Counter-Strategies (2002) as well as After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in...


Gary LaFree

Dr. Gary LaFree is Director of START at the University of Maryland and a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 1979. LaFree is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and served as President of the ASC in 2005 to 2006. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Crime, Law and Justice Committee and NAS’s Division of Behavioral and Economic...


John Horgan

In this week's episode John talks to Prof. John Horgan a Distinguished University Professor at the Global Studies Institute and Department of Psychology at Georgia State University. He has a PhD in applied psychology, and his research focuses on understanding psychological qualities of the pathways into, through, and out of terrorist behavior. His work is widely published, with books including The Psychology of Terrorism (published in over a dozen languages worldwide), Divided We Stand:...


Jeffrey Stevenson Murer

Dr. Jeffrey Stevenson Murer explores the problems of group violence, inter-communal conflict, and political terrorism through the lens of collective identity formation. Presently he is the Senior Lecturer on Collective Violence in the School of International Relations and a Research Fellow to the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews. In 2006, he edited with Professor Derek Reveron Flashpoints in the War on Terror, and has published...


Neil Ferguson

Happy new year from all at Talking Terror! In the first episode of 2018 John talks to Prof. Neil Ferguson, a Professor of Political Psychology at Liverpool Hope University and a Visiting Research Fellow to the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford. His research has focused on political conflict and its psychological implications since he studied towards his PhD at the University of Ulster. His research focuses on processes of engagement, involvement and...


James Piazza

In today's episode John speaks to James Piazza, a Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of over 30 articles on terrorism, counterterrorism and political violence. His research uses a quantitative, data-driven approach to examine the political, economic, social, institutional and religious-cultural forces that drive terrorist activity globally. Some topics he has examined in his research include the relationship between poverty,...


Paul Gill

In this week's episode John speaks to Paul Gill from the Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London. In this episode he talks about his research on lone actor terrorism, the Provisional IRA, applied security studies, and the psychology of terrorism. He also speaks about those pieces of research which influenced thinking about and approach to the study of terrorism. In the episode Paul talks about the following pieces: Research that has influenced Paul's career...


Orla Lynch

In this week's episode John speaks to Orla Lynch from University College Cork about her research and influences. In this they speak about child soldiers, the importance of researching victims of terrorism and the role of psychology in understanding terrorist involvement. In the episode Orla discusses the following texts: Research that influenced Orla’s career Max Taylor and John Horgan (2000) The Future of Terrorism. Paul Wilkinson (2000) Terrorism Versus Democracy Timothy Knatchbull...


Kurt Braddock

In this week's episode John returns to the interviewers chair and interviews Dr. Kurt Braddock a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State. Dr. Braddock leverages communication theory to explore the persuasive effectiveness of terrorist groups' strategic messages (particularly narratives) intended to recruit or radicalize audiences. He also develops theory-based guidelines for developing strategic messages that counter the radicalization...


John Morrison

In today's 'special' episode the tables have been turned. John Morrison has left the host's chair, replaced by Andrew Silke, and for one episode only is the guest on the show. In this interview John discusses how his early interest in sports psychology still influences him today, his research on splits in Irish Republicanism, and his current focus on the role of trust is the psychology of terrorism. In the discussion he discusses how the works of John Horgan, Albert Hirschman and others...


Jorge Lasmar

In this week's episode John speaks to Prof. Jorge Lasmar of PUC Minas Brazil. In their chat they discuss a range of issues including counter-terrorism in Brazil, the global war on terror, and the influence which a G.K. Chesterton novel had on his career. Due to technical issues during the first recording this episode includes part which was recorded in person, and another part over Skype. Therefore there is a change in sound quality about half way through. However, we are sure that this...


Emily Corner

In this week's episode John talks to Dr. Emily Corner from University College London. In their chat they discuss Emily's research on the psychology of terrorism, and the role which mental health may or may not play in terrorist involvement. As always the discussion is based around research which has influenced Emily's career, and her own key research. The pieces discussed in this episode are: Some research that has influenced Emily's career Paul Gill, John Horgan, and Paige Deckert (2014)...


Max Taylor

This week John speaks to Prof. Max Taylor, a visiting professor at the Department of Security and Crime Sciences at University College London and the co-editor of Terrorism and Political Violence.Prior to his move to UCL he was the Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, before which he was the head of the Department of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. For most of our listeners Max would be most widely known...


Rashmi Singh

In this week's episode John talks to Dr. Rashmi Singh of PUC Minas, Brazil. Their conversation covers the influence of history and archaeology on Rashmi's career, her analysis of terrorism in the Middle East, and the history of terrorism in India. Be sure to read all of the research referred to by visiting and to follow us on Twitter @TERCUEL and tweet at us using #TalkingTerror


Javier Argomaniz

In this week's episode John talks to Javier Argomaniz of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of East London. Javier discusses the role of the EU in counter-terrorism, the role of deterrence and backlash in relation to countering ETA, and the role which victims can and do play in the development and dissemination of counter-narratives. As always if you want to read more in depth about any research referred to in today's pod be sure to...


Erica Chenoweth

In this week's episode John talks to Prof. Erica Chenoweth of the University of Denver. In this interview Erica discusses a range of topics relating to her research and her influences. Included within this is a fascinating discussion of how Zlata's Diary had a huge influence on her career. Erica's career has focused on analysing political violence and its alternatives, and this is reflected in her discussion with John. As always if you want to see any of the research discussed in the show...


Bart Schuurman

In this week's episode John chats to Dr. Bart Schuurman of Leiden University and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. This episode covers a range of issues including the evaluation of Dutch re-integration programmes, the role of public support in terrorism and counter-terrorism, and the individual rationales for involvement in Dutch jihadist groups. For all of the most up to date information be sure to follow us on Twitter @TERCUEL and tweet at us with #TalkingTerror


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