On Wednesday 21 January the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and the Security and Justice Research Group jointly sponsored a seminar on ‘Radicalisation and Political Violence’.
To aid the discussion, and to mark the beginning of his two-year Marie Curie Fellowship in the School of Law, Dr Andreas Armborst provided a brief presentation entitled ‘Studying ideology and strategies of the jihadi movement’. Reflecting the inter-disciplinary dialogue within the Group, this opening presentation was then discussed by Dr Lars Berger, Associate Professor in International Security in the School of Politics and International Relations.
Dr Armborst said that “Jihadism is the most dominant ideology in regard to the current global proliferation of terrorism and non-state political violence. My research helps to shed light on how the Jihadi movement discuss their strategic approach to the use of violence. The event was very positive because it allowed academics and practitioners to discuss the political and scientific conclusions that can be drawn from my research. The seminar was an excellent start to the project that will be carried out during my fellowship in the School of Law, which will study the long-term developments in Jihadi ideology.”
Dr Clifford Stott, Principal Research Fellow to the Security and Justice Research Group, said “The seminar provided a powerful insight into the ideas that drive the kind of conflict recently witnessed in France. The well attended event reflected the Security and Justice Research Group’s growing expertise in this area and our commitment to developing a fuller understanding of the causes of non-state political violence both inside and outside the UK.”