Cambridge Security Programme

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ExtinctionDecember 2007


Cambridge Security Programme (CSP) was an academic institution founded six months after the 11th September, 2001, in "response to the demands to find an answer to the compelling need for new ways to address the instability and uncertainties that characterise the current climate of insecurity." [1] While the institution ceased to operate in December 2007, its website remains accessible as an archive of its past activities. [2]


While going about its grand, yet vague, remit, which includes 'add[ing] the well-being of Society in General,' [3] the CSP found time to undertake a major research project with a view to ascertaining the 'Motivations in immigrant communities for adopting terrorist activity' [4] and 'identify[ing] the personality structure of individuals who become involved in political ideologies and movements that demand commitment to a set of ideas and values that emphasise the role of the collective over the individual.' [5]


  • Professor James Mayall - Academic Director (2002-2006)
  • Peter Cavanagh - Executive Director (2002-2007). Cavanagh was responsible for the feasibility study, development plan and executive direction of CSP, university-wide and cross-disciplinary research programme, as well as for building up a related international network.
  • Nick Sinclair-Brown - Academic Advisor (2002-2006) The CSP website lists Sinclair-Brown as active in the organisation until 2007 when in fact he died in 2006. This failure to acknowledge the death of an advisor could be read in a number of ways...
  • Rafal Rohozinski - Research Fellow
  • Roxane Farmanfarmaian - Coordinator of Programme Development (2004-2007)
  • Ricardo Soares de Oliveira - Academic Coordinator (2003-2007)
  • Dr. Charles Jones - Academic Advisor (2002-2007)
  • Dr. Philip Towle - Academic Advisor (2002-2007)


  • 'Unconventional Information Warfare and the Global War on Terror: Critical Issues and International Cooperation Workshop', 2-3 November, 2005, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation. (A NATO Advanced Research Workshop, held jointly with MABIT’05 in cooperation with the Institute of Information Security (Moscow State University), National Security Council of the Russian Federation, and the Institute of Cryptography.)
  • 'Information Operations and Winning the Peace?: Lessons Learned from the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict', in cooperation with the Center for Strategic Leadership Workshop, 28 Nov - 1 December, 2005, US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA.



  1. 'Cambridge Security Programme', SSRC website, accessed 30 April, 2009.
  2. Cambridge Security Programme website
  3. 'CSP Research Projects', accessed 30 April, 2009.
  4. Psychopathology of Socio-Political Control', Cambridge Security Programme website, accessed 30 April, 2009.
  5. 'Psychopathology of Socio-Political Control', Cambridge Security Programme website, accessed 30 April, 2009.