In the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s the predominant form of terrorism was Irish in nature. Those who wanted a unitary Irish state fought those who wanted to remain part of the UK, often with tragic results. With the Good Friday Accords of 1998 that is all over – or is it?
Phil Gurski talks with Irish analyst Lorcán Owens on the potential for future violence on the Emerald Isle.
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About my guest Lorcán Owens
Lorcán Owens is a risk analyst, researcher and consultant whose work focuses on geopolitical, intelligence and economic risk in the Middle East, Europe and Ireland.
Lorcán holds an MA in Political Communication from Dublin City University. He conducted field research in Lebanon in the aftermath of the 2018 parliamentary elections, examining the communication strategies of secular political parties within the constraints of the confessional political structure of Lebanese politics. He returned to Lebanon briefly in November 2019, where he conducted research on the early stages of the Lebanese Thawra or uprising.
Lorcán has also worked as a teacher in both the Middle East and Ireland. He hosts and produces a podcast called ‘Nazra – Politics, Society and Extremism’ which focuses on CVE, political upheaval, terrorism and a range of issues in both the Middle East and the wider world.
About the host Phil Gurski
Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.
From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE – Canada’s signals intelligence agency), specialising in the Middle East.
The Peaceable Kingdom?
A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the Present
While Canada has not been menaced by terrorism like some countries it is not immune. A new book on terrorism in that land over the past 150 years – The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present – is now out!
Listen to more episodes:
Episode 115 – Phil talks with NSA veteran linguist Mark Ericson on these matters.
Episode 114 – Borealis talks with veteran FBI agent Brig Barker about his years helping to prevent terrorist attacks.
Episode 113 – What is the world of CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) all about? What is the reality of all this?