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Seminar: 'Between Attacks - Canadian Counter-Terrorism in the 1970s and 80s & Its Relevance to the 9/11 Era'

Publication date: Nov 28, 2013 3:08:51 PM

Start: Dec 9, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 9, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


In 'Between Attacks...' Steve Hewitt (Birmingham) examines the evolution of Canadian counter-terrorism between 1971 and 1985, a period of two major terrorism incidents that received worldwide attention.

The first incident involved domestic terrorism in October 1970, specifically two kidnappings of public officials and the murder of one of them by members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ). The concern by the Canadian state and its agencies such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Department of External Affairs, is the focus of this research. It forms the lead-up to the second major terrorism incident, the June 1985 bombing by Sikh extremists of an Air India flight going from Montreal to London and the deaths of 329 people, by some accounts the biggest single loss of life in a terrorism incident prior to the attacks of 11 September 2001.

Steve Hewitt is Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham. He has published a number of books and articles related to security and intelligence in the past and present and in a Canadian, American, and British context. He is also President of the British Association for Canadian Studies.

Refreshments will be available from 17:30, presentation starts at 18:00. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.