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29 September 2012

The Airey Neave Trust and CSTPV are delighted to announce that Dr Kacper Rekawek, a graduate of Queen's University Belfast, has been awarded the Paul Wilkinson Memorial Fellowship for 2013.

Kacper is an analyst in the security programme of the Polish Institute of International Affairs and also teaches Contemporary Counterterrorism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland.  For the duration of the Fellowship, Kacper will be affiliated to CSTPV.

Sponsored by the Airey Neave Trust in memory of the late Professor Paul Wilkinson CBE, Kacper's research ("Steady as She Goes?" Is No Counterterrorism Effectively The Best Counterterrorism?) looks at how, by the end of 2001, the symbolic beginning of the "global war on terror", most state actors found themselves under pressure to participate in the global counterterrorism effort.  This often entailed not only participation in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but also counterterrorism activities on the domestic front.  Kacper's research will focus on countries that had been relatively unconcerned with terrorism prior to 2001 and aims to establish whether a correlation exists between countering terrorism in previously "safe" countries and exposure to a more robust terrorist threat.  It will thus answer the question of whether counterterrorism has brought more terrorism to a given country, and if perhaps a lack of reactive and externally inspired counterterrorism is in fact the best possible policy of a government that has never before faced a robust terrorism threat.


Kacper's other main research areas inculde international terrorism and terrorist organisations.  He is also the author of the first comparative analysis of the Irish Republican Army's factions (Irish Republican Terrorism and Politics: Comparative Study of the Official and Provisional IRA), which was published by Routledge in the Political Violence series in 2011.  Kacper is also Director of the next year's NATO Advanced Research Workshop ("The Perseverance of Terrosim:  Focus on Leaders"), which will take place in Belgrade, Serbia in April 2013.

9 July 2012

The Trust is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring a fellowship in memory of the late Professor Paul Wilkinson CBE, for research to be pursued into the causes of or repsonses to terrorism.  The fellowship will be for the amount of £10,000, to sponsor someone to pursue research during the calendar year 2013, and with the researcher being affiliated to the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews.  Research in the field of cyber-terrorism may be of particular interest.  Applications should be sent electronically to Gillian Duncan (, by 31 August 2012, and should consist of the following:  a 500-word statement regarding the focus, nature and aims of the research;  a curriculum vitae; and references from two academic referees.  The successful application will be chosen on the basis of the academic record of the applicant, the feasibility and importance of the research, and the strength of the referees' endorsement.  

18 June 2012

In May the Trustees announced the creation of the Professor Paul Wilkinson Memorial Fellowship which will the awarded this year to fund research on terrorism causes or responses.  Candidates will be selected by Professor RIchard English, the Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews.

21 May 2012

This consultation at St George's House, Windsor Castle, will look in detail at emerging trends in extremism and terrorism over the next  five to ten years and the implications for the security of the UK.  It will be chaired by Sir David Omand and has been generously sponsored by the Airey Neave Trust and Airwave.

21 May 2012

The Trust continues to sponsor Dr Alex Braithwaite of UCL whose research project is entitled "The Territorial Motivations of Terrorist Organisations"