terrorism

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 […]

1807, 2013

Why are British mosques being targeted by terrorists?

By |July 18th, 2013|In The News|1 Comment

By Imran Awan – Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The recent nail bomb attack on a mosque in Tipton in the Midlands has again brought into sharp focus the threat British Muslims are facing from terrorists adamant on reprisal attacks following Woolwich. The incident which took place last Friday was clearly designed to cause as […]

2405, 2013

‘Terror’ attack in Woolwich: Why should we care?

By |May 24th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on ‘Terror’ attack in Woolwich: Why should we care?

By Imran Awan – Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Before writing this short blog I thought long and hard in terms of what I could write. What words could I use that would help inform the debate in this area? The simple truth is that no words can ever be used to display the shock, […]

2703, 2013

Making terrorists ‘martyrs’ will only help their cause

By |March 27th, 2013|Opinion|3 Comments

By Imran Awan – Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The recent YouGov poll that a majority of Britons supported the ‘targeted killing’ of terrorists both at home and overseas is deeply worrying.   The survey which was carried out by Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) found that almost 54% of people supported the assassination […]