Prof. Andrew Silke
Professor Andrew Silke has a background in forensic psychology and criminology and has worked both in academia and for government. His recent books include Prisons, Terrorism & Extremism (2013) and Terrorism: All That Matters (2014). He serves by invitation on the United Nations Roster of Terrorism Experts and is a member of the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE) which works with practitioners to develop state-of-the-art knowledge to prevent and counter radicalisation to violent extremism. Prior to this, he served both on the European Commission’s European Network of Experts on Radicalisation and on the Commission’s Expert Group on Violent Radicalisation. He has provided invited briefings on terrorism-related issues to Select Committees of the UK House of Commons and was appointed in 2009 as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee for its inquiry into the UK Government’s programme for preventing violent extremism. He is a member of the UK’s Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group. He currently holds a Chair in Criminology at the University of East London where he is the Head of Criminology and the Programme Director for Terrorism Studies.
Anjem Choudary, once accused of “poisoning the minds of the vulnerable” was released on licence from Belmarsh prison on Friday, 19 October. Prior to his conviction, Choudary and his extremist groups were thought to have influenced at least 100 people from Britain to pursue terrorist activities. His notoriety at the time was such that he […]
In light of the territorial demise of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, this report analyses the continued risks posed by IS. Given that IS is playing a long game, the report calls upon policymakers to keep up the counter-terrorism pressure, to sidestep policy fatigue at all costs to avoid undoing years of […]
Introduction Virtual currencies (VCs), including cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, have gained considerable popularity over the past several years. Although VCs have many potential uses in everyday life, they often carry an association with illicit transactions such as purchasing illegal drugs on Dark Web marketplaces or in ransomware attacks such as WannaCry, which affected companies and […]