Andrew Silke

Professor of Terrorism, Risk and Resilience, Cranfield University

Professor Andrew Silke holds a Chair in Terrorism, Risk and Resilience at Cranfield University. He has a background in forensic psychology and criminology and has worked both in academia and for government. His primary research interests include terrorism, conflict, crime and policing, and he is internationally recognised as a leading expert on terrorism and low intensity conflict. He has a wide range of publications including several books, with his most recent including The Routledge Handbook on Terrorism and Counterterrorism (2019) and Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (2018).

He has worked with a wide variety of government departments and law enforcement and security agencies. In the United Kingdom these include, the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence, the UK prison service, the London Metropolitan Police as well as several other UK police forces. Overseas he has worked with the United Nations, the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Homeland Security, NATO, the European Defence Agency, the European Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He has provided invited briefings on terrorism-related issues to Select Committees of the UK House of Commons and is a member of the Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group.

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Recent publications

Silke, A. (2019). ‘Physical facilitating environments – prisons and madrassas as mechanisms and vehicles of violent radicalisation?’. In Anthony Richards, Devorah Margolin & Nicolo Scremin (eds.), Jihadist Terror: New Threats, New Responses, London: I.B. Tauris, pp.169-178.

Silke, A. (ed.) (2019). Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counterterrorism. Oxon: Routledge.

Silke, A. and Filippidour, A. (2019) What drives terrorist innovation? Lessons from Black September and Munich 1972, Security Journal

Windle, J., Morrison, J.F., Winter, A. and Silke, A. (Eds.) (2018). Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism. Abingdon: Routledge.

Hourigan, N., Morrison, J.F, Windle, J., and Silke, A. (2017). ‘Crime in Ireland north and south: Feuding gangs and profiteering paramilitaries.’ Trends in Organized Crime, 1-21 DOI: 10.1007/s1217-017-9312-9


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