Members of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) have submitted evidence towards the Defence Committee Inquiry into Global Islamist Terrorism. Established in 2007, PERU is a multi-disciplinary team of evaluators, economists, sociologists and criminologists. They specialise in evaluating policies, programmes and projects and advising national and local policy-makers on the development of evidence-informed policy.
The submission was made by Gavin Bailey, Phil Edwards and Kevin Wong. Their paper argued that Islamist terrorism is not an existential threat to the UK. Reaction, and over-reaction in particular, can generate further conflict; the UK should continue to view military intervention as a last resort. Other approaches, especially those that stop small conflicts getting bigger, and aim to help individuals and society resolve or accommodate differences without violence, are preferable. Further, a universal approach to citizen education in the UK, promotion of fairness and a corresponding ‘playing by the rules’ can make the UK a beacon of justice worldwide. Finally, it is important to recognise that Islamist terrorism is not a monolithic and alien object, but is complex and messy, and shares similar aetiologies, and so also preventative factors, to other social problems.
Further details of the submission and the inquiry can be found here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/defence-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/global-islamist-terrorism-17-19/publications/
For more information on PERU, what they do and other projects they work on visit www.mmuperu.co.uk