Alia Brahimi is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford University Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford. She was previously a Research Fellow at LSE and a Research Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. She read Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh before completing an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations at Oxford. Dr Brahimi is the author of Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror (2010), as well as a number of papers on al-Qaida’s evolving ideology and strategy, the Islamic Just War tradition, political Islam and the politics of the Middle East.
Audrey Kurth Cronin is Distinguished Service Professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, USA. Prior to that, she was Professor and Director of the core course on military strategy at the National War College (2007–11). She came to the War College from Oxford University, where she was Director of Studies for the Changing Character of War programme (2005–07). She continues as a non-residential Senior Research Associate at Oxford. Before that, she was Specialist in Terrorism at the Congressional Research Service, advising Members of the US Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. She has served periodically in the Executive branch, including in the Office of the Secretary of Defence/Policy, where she drafted portions of the Secretary’s strategic plan. Professor Cronin has written or edited four books, including How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns (2009), and dozens of articles.
Richard English is Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews. He was born in 1963 in Belfast, where he worked at Queen’s University between 1989 and 2011. His books include the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford.
(p.vii) Conor Gearty is Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics, where he is also Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. He was Director of LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights from 2002 to 2009, and is the author of many books and articles on human rights, civil liberties, and terrorism, including Liberty and Security (2013). He is a practising barrister and founder member of Matrix Chambers, and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Adrian Guelke is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast and attached to the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. Recent publications include Politics in Deeply Divided Societies (2012) and The Study of Ethnicity and Politics (co-edited with Jean Tournon, 2012). He is also the author of two works on terrorism: The Age of Terrorism and the International Political System (1995) and Terrorism and Global Disorder (2006). He is the editor of the journal, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.
David A. Lake is the Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Sciences, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, and Director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at the University of California, San Diego. He has published widely in international relations theory and international political economy. His most recent books are Hierarchy in International Relations (2009) and The Statebuilder’s Dilemma: Legitimacy, Loyalty, and the Limits of External Intervention (forthcoming). Past President of the International Studies Association (2010–11), Lake is the recipient of UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education (2005) and Excellence in Research in Humanities and Social Sciences (2013). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006 and was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2008–09.
Sir David Omand is a Cambridge University graduate in economics, and a Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He was the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counterterrorism strategy, and ‘homeland security’. He served for seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000, and before that Director of GCHQ (the UK Sigint Agency). Previously, in the Ministry of Defence as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy, he was particularly concerned with long-term strategy, (p.viii) with the British military contribution in restoring peace in the former Yugoslavia, and the recasting of British nuclear deterrence policy at the end of the Cold War. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary during the Falklands conflict, and served for three years in NATO Brussels as the UK Defence Counsellor.
Rashmi Singh is Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews. She holds an MA inHistory from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a PhD in InternationalRelations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has regional expertise in both the Middle East and South Asia and her primary areas of interest include the role of nationalism, culture and religion (especially political Islam) in the promulgation of political violence and terrorism, most particularly suicide terrorism. Dr Singh’s book Hamas and Suicide Terrorism: A Multi-Causal and Multi-Level Approach (2011) examined the rise and disappearance of suicide attacks in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. She was the primary investigator on a START-funded project, In the Eyes of the Beholder, which developed metrics of success and failure in the Global War on Terror and the Global Jihad. She is currently also serving as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Terrorism.