In February 2012, I took up the post of Deputy Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Prior to this, I was Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK. I study and teach on issues of terrorism, political violence, war, security, peace and conflict resolution. I have published several academic books on these topics, including those below. I am also the editor-in-chief of the academic journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and I love playing guitar and fly-fishing. In early 2014, my first novel will be published by Zed Books. It is a thriller which explores the mind and motivation of a terrorist. The blogs I write here are personal expressions of opinion and do not in any way reflect or represent the views of my past or present employers.