Book Launch for the Elgar Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11

417 Muirhead Tower
Thursday 27 February 2020 (13:00-14:00)
Terrorism and anti-terrorism handbook

ICCS is hosting the Book Launch for the Elgar Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11.  Almost two decades after the events of 9/11, this Handbook offers a comprehensive insight into the evolution and development of terrorism and insurgency since then.  

David Martin Jones, Visiting Professor, War Studies Department, King's College, London

Michael L.R. Smith Rainsborough, Professor of Strategic Theory, King's College London
Paul Shulte, Honorary Professor, Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, University of Birmingham 

Since that September day that defined the new millennium, we continue to grapple with the consequences of 9/11. Before, Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda and ISIS became household names, we believed that a new world order would see the remorseless spread of market capitalism and its political offspring liberal democracy. This book examines how the world order and the understanding of war and peace has been transformed by 9/11 and the global war on terror response to it .   Expert commentators from Asia, US, Europe and the Middle East assess both regional responses to warfare and evaluate the emergence of  new threats from  cyber warfare, the role of social media and information warfare,  to lone actor violence,  female  terror and the implications of AI  the fourth industrial revolution and drones for future war.

About David Martin Jones

David Martin Jones is Visiting Professor and teaching fellow in War Studies at King’s College, University of London and Honorary Reader in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland and. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and has taught at the Open University, National University of Singapore and the University of Tasmania. He  held a university fellowship at the University of Wales (2001) and a visiting Professorship in the Southeast Asian Studies Department at the University of Malaya  (2007-2009) where he  is the associate editor the University of Malaya’s South East Asian Studies  journal JATI.

His works include with Daniel A Bell, David Brown and Kanishka Jayasuriya Towards  Illiberal Democracy in Pacific Asia  ( 1995),  Political Development in Pacific Asia (1997)  Conscience and Allegiance in Seventeenth Century English Political Thought ( 1999),The  Image of  China in Western Social and Political Thought ( 2001) and  ASEAN and East Asian International Order ( 2007)   with N.Khoo and M.L.R. Smith The Rise of China and Asia Pacific Security (Edward Elgar 2013) and with M.L.R. Smith Sacred Violence Political Religion in a Secular Age ( Macmillan,2014) and The Political Impossibility of Modern Counter-Insurgency(Columbia 2015). His essays on aspects of regional political development  and  integration , as well as on ideology and political violence   have appeared  inter alia  In   International Affairs, Comparative Politics, Pacific Review, Orbis,  Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, International Security, The National Interest, The World Today and   The American Interest.  Jones also contributes opinion pieces to The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, War on the Rocks, The Spectator (Australia), Quadrant and The Australian Financial Review. His 2018 essay on the Australian Management of Intelligence  received the Intelligence and National Security  Michael J. Hinze prize.  His most recent works include co-editing The Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism post 9/11 (Edward Elgar 2019) and History’s Fools: the pursuit of idealism and the revenge of politics (Hurst 2020).

About Michael L.R. Smith Rainsborough

Michael Rainsborough is Professor of Strategic Theory. Between 2016 and 2019 he was Head of the Department of War Studies. He completed his PhD in the Department of War Studies in 1991. He gained an MA in War Studies from KCL in 1987, and a BScEcon in International Politics and Strategic Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1985.

Before joining the Department of War Studies in 1997 he was a civil servant at the Ministry of Defence serving as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and International Affairs at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Michael was also one of the first academics to serve with the newly created Defence Studies Department, Joint Services Command and Staff College. In 1986 he was a Robert Schuman Scholar with the Directorate-General of Research at the European Parliament, Luxembourg. Michael has also held posts as Lecturer in the Department of History, National University of Singapore (1992-1995) and Consultant and Principal Lecturer at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University (1997-2001). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Geographical Society.

He has taught in a wide range of settings at undergraduate and postgraduate levels both in the UK and abroad. In 2003 he founded the Masters in Intelligence and International Security. This was the first free standing masters level degree programme that was separate from the traditional MA in War Studies, which up until that point had been the only post-graduate degree offered by the department. The MA in Intelligence and International Security pioneered the way for the expansion of the Department’s wide-ranging suite of MA programmes. The MA is now established as one of the most popular masters programmes in the Department. He was the Programme Director of the MA in Intelligence and International Security between 2003 and 2009.

Professor Rainsborough has written widely (under a contraction of this name, M.L.R. Smith). His research has appeared in a broad range of journals, including International Security, International Affairs, and the Review of International Studies. He is author/co-author of a range of academic books including Fighting for Ireland? The Military Strategy of the Irish Republican Movement (1995), The Strategy of Terrorism: How it Works and Why it Fails (2007), Sacred Violence: Political Religion in a Secular Age (2014), and The Political Impossibility of Modern Counterinsurgency: Strategic Problems, Puzzles and Paradoxes (2015).

About Paul Shulte

Paul Schulte is an Honorary Professor in the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at Birmingham University and also a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London, and a Research Associate of the School of Oriental and African Studies.  He is a member of the University of Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones, and of UK Pugwash, and a frequent past participant in the CSIS US, UK and French Nuclear Trilateral process.

As an undergraduate he read economics and political sociology at the LSE. His varied government career included security policy, and later, human rights and economic development in the Northern Ireland Office in Belfast and London. Returning to the MoD he was desk officer for chemical and biological arms policy, where he invented the breakthrough modality of “managed access” for challenge inspection which became a major enabler of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. He was subsequently responsible for policy on tri-service UK defence commitments and defence diplomacy between Morocco and Bangladesh. On promotion he had secretariat responsibility for the British Army’s equipment programme, and then led on military medical reorganisation, and handling allegations of Gulf War Syndrome. He led a controversial public study, assessing, and reporting to Parliament, on the MoD’s policy on homosexuality. He became MODUK’s Director of Proliferation and Arms Control in 1997 (and so UK Commissioner on the UN Commissions for Iraqi Disarmament: UNSCOM and UNMOVIC during the long Iraqi Compliance Crisis.) He was also involved in the development of non-proliferation dialogues with Iran, Israel, Pakistan and India and the Proliferation Security Initiative with the US. Following the 2003 war, he became Director of Defence Organisation in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad during 2004 and, returning to the UK, founding Head of the U.K.’s interdepartmental Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit (now the Stabilisation Unit) pioneering integrated stabilisation doctrine. Between 2006 and 2007 he was Chief Speechwriter for two UK Defence Secretaries, John Reid and Des Browne.

His academic background includes a BSC Econ degree from the LSE and the Senior Officers’ course at Royal College of Defence Studies, followed by a Fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in 2002-3. In retirement he has been a Senior Fellow in the Advanced Research and Assessment Group in the UK Defence Academy, and a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment Nuclear Policy Program. He is also a qualified, and formerly practising, group psychotherapist and a (rigorously secular) co-chair of the UK Council on Christian Approaches to Defence and Disarmament (CCADD).

Recent outputs include presentations, articles and book chapters on Future Warfare: AI, Drones, Terrorism and Counterterror, (in the 2019 Elgar Handbook of Terrorism and Counterterrorism Post-9/11),   the Ethics Of Modern Warfare (in the 2012 OUP Handbook of War), the contribution of remote airpower to upstream military intervention, catastrophic terrorism, Islamist ideology, and 21st-century mental landscapes of violence, Western counterinsurgency choices after Iraq and Afghanistan, the collapse of European Conventional Arms Control, the complicated justice of war on terror, structural problems in devaluing nuclear weapons, NATO’s protracted internal nuclear conflict, a General Theory of Nuclear Psycho Geopolitics, the international implications of the protracted Syrian Chemical Compliance Crisis,  and a critique, distributed widely by the European Leadership Network, of the 2017 Nuclear Ban Treaty.

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