Canadian Intelligence Eh! Perspectives

How can academe help us to understand terrorism?

How do academics and practitioners in countering terrorism get along and what are the challenges?

Episode 193 – A conversation with Martha Crenshaw, doyenne of terrorism studies in the US

Terrorism has become the hot soupe du jour in many universities, dating back to 9/11. A variety of scholars from a wide range of academic fields – political science, psychology, international relations, history, and more – have devoted a lot of their time and energy to understanding and contributing to our collective knowledge of this scourge. Some have been at this for decades: Borealis speaks with one such veteran, Martha Crenshaw.

About my guest

Martha Crenshaw, a political scientist who is prominent for her research on terrorism, was for many years a professor at Stanford University.

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In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them. 

About Phil Gurski 

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the most recent The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.