The Future of Terrorism
About this event
The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York and the return of the Taliban to power in Afghanistan have reminded the world of the recent history of terrorism, and in doing so raise challenging questions to its likely future shape.
This event is with the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, which is the academic world leader dedicated to the study of the causes, dynamics, characteristics and consequences of terrorism and related forms of political violence.
A panel of three experts from the Handa Centre will talk about their views on the future of terrorism:
Dr. Tim Wilson, Centre Director since 2016, has commented widely on the past, present and future of terrorism and political violence. His most recent book, ‘Killing Strangers: How Political Violence Became Modern’, which appeared with Oxford University Press in 2020 examines how contemporary violence has come to take the disturbing and impersonal forms that it does.
Noah Tucker, a visiting scholar at the Handa Centre, is a program associate at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs Central Asia Program and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Eurasia Center. He has worked on multiple projects to identify the way social and religious groups affect political and security outcomes in Central Asia and Afghanistan, and has a strong research focus on Central Asian issues having spent six years living and working in the region.
Dr. Chi Zhang is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of St Andrews, and has taught at the University of Leeds, Royal Holloway University of London and University of Liverpool. Her postdoctoral project examines challenges and conditions for counter-terrorism cooperation with China. Beyond the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, international counter-terrorism cooperation with China has been ad-hoc and superficial. Recent developments demonstrate a trend whereby China’s efforts in defending its counter-terrorism policy became increasingly important in shaping the evolving discourse relating to counter-terrorism, as China hones its skills in military operations other than war through peacekeeping operations.