Centre for the Study of Subversion, Unconventional Interventions and Terrorism

Centre Activities

Our centre members are very active in their field. Below is a summary of some of their recent work and collaborations. 

NEW: Afghanistan: Prospects and Challenges

Members of the Centre for the Study of Subversion, Unconventional Interventions, and Terrorism have recently contributed to a new report outlining the future direction of Aghanistan foreign policy. 

Experts from across four of the University of Nottingham’s research centres (Centre for the Study of Subversion, Unconventional Interventions, and Terrorism; Human Rights Law Centre; Asia Research Institute; and The Rights Lab) have collaborated to provide an analysis of the current state of affairs in Afghanistan, including discussions on foreign intervention, security and regional powers. 

The report includes contributions from SUIT members Edward Burke, Rory Cormac, Louise Kettle, Andrew Mumford and Bettina Renz.


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Dr Edward Burke

Edward Burke is currently leading an AHRC-funded project on the use of deterrent violence in rural Ulster's long century of paramilitary conflict. 

'Paramilitaries, Deterrent Violence and Feud in Ulster's Borderlands since 1920' asks whether successive generations drew upon (or deviated from) established templates of deterrent violence. Combining archival and field research, the project aims to make a significant contribution to our understanding of conflict in the UK-Irish border region.


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Professor Rory Cormac

Rory Cormac administers the International Covert Action History network. Please get in touch for more details. 

Rory will be appearing at the Henley Literary Festival and the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, discussing his new book: The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown from Victoria to Diana which launched  on 7th October.  


Louise Kettle

Dr Louise Kettle

Louise Kettle is currently working on a commissioned report for the Cabinet Office on security strategy. She has also has been accepted onto the University of Nottingham's Institute of Policy and Engagement’s Policy Impact Pathways Programme. 

Louise is also taking part in a RUSI-led UK-Russia Expert Dialogue on the Foreign Policy Challenges in the Middle East and North Africa and has recently completed a commissioned report for the Cabinet Office on security strategy." 

In the autumn of 2021 Louise appeared on two different episodes of Britain’s Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson - one on the Gulf War and one on the Suez crisis. 

In September she had a chapter published in a new book What next for Britain in the Middle East? published by Bloomsbury.


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Dr Natalie Martin

In Spring 2022 Natalie Martin is hosting an ESRC IAA-funded workshop "Information Wars: Power, Politics and the News Media". The project examines the political use of disinformation, misinformation and malinformation.

It seeks to clarify the distinction between different terms amidst discussion of wider issues - helping journalists better understand the threat posed to wider “liberal” democracy. 


Andrew Mumford

Professor Andrew Mumford

Andrew Mumford is currently on a part-time secondment to the House of Commons International Affairs Unit. He will be supporting the analysis of the upcoming Integrated Review of the UK foreign, defence and security policy.

The fellowship will run until July 2022 and funded by the ESRC Impact Fund.



Centre for the Study of Subversion, Unconventional Interventions and Terrorism

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