terrorism

506, 2017

Terror in London: We Need to Speak to Young British Muslims and Not Isolate Them

By |June 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Dr Imran Awan, Associate Professor in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The horrific events on Saturday in London have again put a sharp focus on the Muslim community in Britain.  As the events on Saturday unfolded, and I switched on my television, there was a sense of dread, fear and anger.

The Prime Minister, yesterday stated […]

504, 2017

Bargaining our Safety – Brexit and its implications for Counter Terrorism

By |April 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Bargaining our Safety – Brexit and its implications for Counter Terrorism

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now officially triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty formally notifying the other 28 member states of Europe of The United Kingdom’s intention to leave.

Whilst most popular discussion of Brexit has focussed on issues such […]

3103, 2017

Terrorism and technology: Exploring Amber Rudd’s comments on encryption

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Dr Andrew Whiting, lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University, responds to Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s comments that strong encryption is “completely unacceptable” without the possibility of access by the state and that the authorities must be given access to messages sent through encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp.

Cultural theorist Paul Virilio remarked that ‘to […]

911, 2016

One year on from the Paris attacks, what makes terrorist activity so difficult to detect and tackle?

By |November 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on One year on from the Paris attacks, what makes terrorist activity so difficult to detect and tackle?

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

A year ago this Sunday (13 Nov) France experienced the worst terrorist attack in its history which left 89 people dead. This devastating attack was claimed by the so called Islamic State.

The Bataclan nightclub, bars, restaurants and the Stade de France […]

809, 2016

In the wake of 9/11: Are we any safer now?

By |September 8th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on In the wake of 9/11: Are we any safer now?

by Dr Imran Awan, Associate Professor in Criminology at Birmingham City University

As we approach the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, are we any safer now? I was at university when the 9/11 attacks happened in 2001. I remember the day vividly. I had just seen some friends after a trip abroad and on the […]

809, 2016

The Legacy of 9/11 – 15 Years On

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Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

‘Never forget’ is the oft repeated refrain used when talking about the attacks of September 11th 2001. Yet, it often seems an empty phrase brought out yearly for memorial services and invoked by politicians seeking to justify the latest round of new […]

2707, 2016

Narcissism is key in understanding the Munich Massacre

By |July 27th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Narcissism is key in understanding the Munich Massacre

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology, Birmingham City University, who specialises in spree killings, reflects on the Munich mass shooting tragedy. He suggests Ali Sonboly’s on-camera behaviour gives us a unique insight into the Narcissistic Hypothesis of spree killers, and the methods used by him represent a new level of forward planning by such perpetrators. […]

706, 2016

What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

By |June 7th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

The arrest of Gregoire Moutaux by Ukrainian internal security – the SBU – shows that potential terrorist threats can come from all sides of the political spectrum at a time when it is very easy to be solely focused on the […]

2805, 2015

The Government wants to treat everyone as a suspect and make us pay for the privilege

By |May 28th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on The Government wants to treat everyone as a suspect and make us pay for the privilege

Professor Mike Jackson, Birmingham City Business School

The Queens Speech announced new monitoring powers this week “to tackle terrorism”. This bill entitled the “Investigatory Powers Bill” has its roots in the “Communication Data Bill” (nicknamed “the Snooper’s Charter”) which the government intended to introduce in the 2012-13 Parliamentary session. The Snooper’s Charter was eventually dropped due […]

407, 2014

The Eight Faces of Online Hate: Islamophobia on Social Media

By |July 4th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on The Eight Faces of Online Hate: Islamophobia on Social Media

By Imran Awan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology 

Last year, I made the decision of joining a social media platform, namely Twitter.  As an academic, I don’t believe social media comes as naturally as lecturing to a crowd of 200 or more students.  Clearly, my research around Muslim communities, Islamophobia and counter-terrorism is sensitive and therefore I […]