Political instability and conflict has led to a rise in terrorist incidents around the world in the last two decades. Estimates vary, but it is thought that in 2017 alone, there were around 22,500 attacks globally (Source: JTIC). The disparity between Western coverage of localised attacks in developed nations and coverage of sustained attacks in developing countries is worthy of scrutiny, leading to questions about media reporting around issues of terrorism.
This stream will examine the ways in which foreign policy and international relations may have encouraged global terrorism, and what international development might do to prevent further growth.
We are pleased to welcome the following confirmed speakers;
Aoife McCullough (Research Fellow for ODI)-
Aoife specialises in political and social analysis in conflict-affected environments and is a research fellow for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). ODIs research on conflict and violence is enhancing understanding of the threats facing communities in protracted crises, and the implications of violent insecurity for civilian protection. She has carried out analysis and provided strategy advice to DFID, AFD, NGOs and the private sector. She holds an MSc in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. ODI promotes global progress and prosperity by focusing on improving the lives of the world's poorest people.
Professor Eric Herring (World Politics in SPAIS)-
Professor Herring is a University of Bristol Senior Lecturer, Research Fellow, Reader, and SPAIS Research Director. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, a Social Science Research Council MacArthur Fellow at Columbia University and a tutor at the University of Aberystwyth. He was Specialist Adviser to the Select Committee on Economic Affairs of the House of Lords for its inquiry into UK economic sanctions policy.
He has given oral evidence on Iraq to the Select Committee on Defence of the House of Commons and has written expert reports on Iraq in relation to cases before the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. He serves on the editorial boards of Critical Studies on Terrorism, Globalizations, Critical Military Studies and the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies. Current research includes a Co-Directorship with Latif Ismail, CEO of Transparency Solutions (TS), of the Somali First (SF) initiative to promote Somali-led development through impartial facilitation, research, training and education. SF was established only at the start of 2015, but already facilitates many projects, including a joint programme with the Observatory of Conflict and Violence Prevention.