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2020: Refocusing the Debate on Terrorism. 

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Khal Marina is delighted to announce its inaugural Counter Terrorism Research Conference on Thursday 25th June 2020 at the University of Birmingham.

The past 10 years have borne witness to profound developments in global terrorism.  The impact of Far Right & Nationalist movements coupled with the rise of Da’esh and akin militant groups have challenged our understanding terrorism.  Local, national and international developments have forced the global community to debate, question and try to better understand the rationales, motivations and vulnerabilities of contemporary terrorist movements. 


2020: Refocusing The Debate on Terrorism is a FREE one-day conference for Counter Terrorism Professionals, Local Authorities and Public Sector organisations to engage in and better understand the academic discourse on contemporary terrorist movements.  It is valuable to all those with who have a safeguarding, investigative or enforcement responsibility in the Counter Terrorism domain. 


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Professor Imran Awan

Professor of Criminology, Birmingham City University.

Dr Katherine Brown

Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Birmingham. 
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Associate Professor Chris Allen

Associate Professor in Hate Studies, University of Leicester.

Dr Marianne Wade

Reader in Criminal Justice, University of Birmingham. 
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Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon

Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Metropolitan Police.

Rizwan Mustafa (PhD Cand)​


Director & Head of Research, Khal Marina.


Dr Steve Hewitt

Senior Lecturer in American & Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham.
In addition to the above speakers, contributions will also be made by other academics and early career researchers on a range of subject areas relating to Contemporary Terrorism.  The day will cover some of the following areas:


·       Development & Evolution of Contemporary Terrorism.

·      Theological Understandings of Contemporary Terrorist Movements.

·      Rehabilitation & Safeguarding.

·      Gender & Terrorism.

·      White Supremacy, Nationalist Movements & The Far Right

·      Reciprocal Radicalisation.

·      Identity, Belonging and Radicalisation.

·      Challenges faced by the Criminal Justice System.

·      Foreign Fighters.

·      Preventing & Countering Violent Extremism.

ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES REMAIN.  There has been an incredible response within the first few weeks and only a handful of places remain.  Preference will be given to practitioners in the CT space and those who have a statutory safeguarding responsibility.  A number of places have also been reserved for postgraduate researchers. 


If you wish to attend please click on the REGISTER link below where you will be directed to a new email window.  Please provide your full NAME, ORGANISATION & your ROLE.  We will inform you by email if you have secured a place. 


ABSTRACT submissions are now closed.  We will notify the successful selections by Friday 17th April 2020.    

For more information or to address any question you have please email



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