On Thursday 26 October, the CSC Alumni Team were joined by Commonwealth Alumnus Dr Emanuel Patrick Quashie for the Development in Action webinar series. Dr Quashie delivered a webinar on ‘Stakeholders of terrorism within the Caribbean context’.

This webinar addressed the CSC development theme of Strengthening global peace, security and governance.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series aims to highlight the work and research of Commonwealth Alumni across a range of development impact areas.

About the speaker

Dr Emanuel Patrick Quashie is a Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He has over 7 years’ experience as a qualitative researcher and international relations specialist.

Dr Quashie’s recently published book entitled ‘Stakeholders of Terrorism and the Caribbean: A Short Case Study’ expands on ideas and research conducted during his Commonwealth Scholarship. His has also written for a number of publications and journals including a recent article on ‘Rethinking the Caribbean Basin Initiative: A case study of US foreign policy toward the Caribbean’.

Dr Quashie is a 2018 Commonwealth PhD Scholar from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. He completed his PhD in Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Investigating the appeal of terrorist groups

In this webinar, Dr Quashie discussed his doctoral research study which explored stakeholders of terrorism in the Caribbean. Dr Quashie began by explaining what is meant by ‘Stakeholders of Terrorism’, a term he developed during his research, to encompass all those with an interest in terrorist activities, from active participants to media commentators.

In his presentation, Dr Quashie discussed the negative and positive aspects of being part of a terrorist group and how these factors influenced Caribbean nationals’ decision to join. He also discussed recommendations for spreading awareness about the risks of joining a terrorist group and countering the negative ideological influences at a community level through educational programmes. Finally, Dr Quashie spoke about his plans for future work and need for more research in this area.

This webinar presentation was followed by an interactive Q&A session with Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni. A recording of this webinar is available to view on the CSC’s YouTube channel where you can also watch previous events in the series.

Join future Development in Action webinars

The CSC’s Development in Action webinars take place each month and are open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni.

To find out about upcoming webinars, please visit the CSC’s events webpage.