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11 March 2013

The Trust is delighted to announce that the new Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, has agreed to become a Patron of the Trust.

16 February 2013

On Thursday 14th February, the Trust held a reception in the Peers' Dining Room, House of Lords to celebrate the publication of James Fergusson's book, "The World's Most Dangerous Place - Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia" (co-funded by the Trust).  Over 100 guests attended including the Prime Minister David Cameron, Somali Minister Mr Abdul Huur, members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, journalists, academics, representatives from the oil and gas industries and many Somalis who had helped James with his book.  The President of the Trust Lord Bew welcomed everyone and the Chairman John Gifford talked about the work of the Trust.  James Fergusson talked about his book and thanked the Trust for its support.

11 February 2013

The Trust has announced that it will be sponsoring research by Dr Nicholas Ridley on The Cybercrime Dimension of Terrorism.

11 February 2013

James Fergusson's new book "The World's Most Dangerous Place - Inside the Outlaw State of Somalia" (co-funded by the Airey Neave Trust) was published on January 17th 2013 and has received great reviews in The Scotsman, The Spectator and The Observer.  Award-winning journalist James is among the few to have witnessed first hand the devastating reality of life in the failed and desperate state of Somalia.  His previous publications include Kandahar Cockney, Taliban:  the Unknown Enemy and A Million Bullets.

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.