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From Irish to Muslim threats: Evaluating the impact of counter-terrorism in multi-ethnic Britain

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In the wake of 9/11 and of the London bombings of 2005 public attention was quickly drawn to the threat of what has come to be defined “Islamist terrorism” and to the emergence of draconian counter-terrorism measures. Since then, the so-called Prevent agenda has come under heavy criticism and the dilemma of balancing security priorities with human rights provisions in the context of counter-terrorism and of a culturally and ethnically ever more diverse society remains open.

This seminar will engage with these issues from a novel perspective. Drawing on a large comparative historical project conducted by Dr Silvestri with a team of London-based researchers and sponsored by the ESRC , this seminar will focus on the impact of counter-terrorism upon Irish and Muslim communities in the last four decades. After highlighting continuities and variations both in security and in social cohesion policies during that era, it will evaluate their impact upon the lives of ordinary individuals who did not engage in political violence but who simply committed the crime of belonging to specific ethno-religious minorities in Britain.


These seminars aim to bring together a diverse range of individuals from the humanities, social and natural sciences to discuss the public policy implications of their work and research. Each talk will last 25-30 minutes and will be followed by open discussion and run on Friday’s in termtime 1-2pm.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Public Policy Seminar Series series.

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