Conflict, security and political violence

Expert comment on European and global politics.

Dr Martin Coward

Dr Martin Coward

Martin has expertise in relation to terrorism, genocide, and war. In particular, he has expertise on terrorism and conflict in cities. He has commented for BBC, Sky News, The Conversation and Policy@Manchester.


Dr Jess Gifkins

Dr Jess Gifkins

Jess has expertise on the United Nations, the ‘responsibility to protect’, debates on UN reform, and the UK at the UN. She has written for The Conversation, and research of hers has been published in The Guardian and The Economist. A report that she co-authored on ‘Global Britain in the United Nations’ was launched in Westminster by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the United Nations. She has published research on UN Security Council agreements responding to crises in Darfur, Syria, Libya, and Yemen.


Prof James Pattison

Dr James Pattison

James has expertise in relation to war and conflict, writing widely on humanitarian intervention, private military and security companies, the responsibility to protect, and the ethics of war. His first book, Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: Who Should Intervene?, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. He has spoken widely to the media on the ongoing crisis in Syria and is currently working on a project that examines the case for economic sanctions, diplomatic coercion, and other non-military options.

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