Law & Criminology: Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarship: France’s War on Terror: Narratives of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism since 1945

Start date: 1st October 2018 Swansea University is proud to offer 15 fully-funded PhD scholarships for students commencing study in October 2018 or January 2019. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of student excellence across a portfolio of 34 potential projects. Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarship: France’s War on Terror: Narratives of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism since 1945 (in collaboration with the International Centre for Counter-terrorism, The Hague) Research Excellence: The construction of counter-narratives is widely regarded as a critical aspect of contemporary counterterrorism policy. The UK’s Home Affairs Committee recently stated that “The use of the Internet to promote radicalisation and terrorism is one of the greatest threats that countries including the UK face” (HC135, para 28) and urged the importance of forging “strong counter-narratives that will address the wilful blindness and blame-games of vested interests and combat the lies and deceit that the extremists want to feed to our young people” (para 113). The construction of counter-narratives is also a key component of the work of the US State Department’s Countering Violent Extremism program, including the multi-stakeholder agenda set out at the 2015 White House Summit, and of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, established by the leading social media companies including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in June 2017. This project examines the construction of counter-narratives to terrorism in a modern democratic state since 1945. France has experienced successive episodes of terrorism since the end of the Second World War: Algerian nationalist and European extreme right-wing terror during the 1950s and 1960s; radical leftist terror during the 1970s-1980s; and Islamic-inspired terrorism from the 1990s to the present. The project understands that terrorism is an historically-constructed term dependent on political and

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