On Tuesday 8 April the Hellenic Centre in London is playing host to Dr George Kassimeris of Wolverhampton University, who is talking on "Terrorism in Greece: Will It Ever End?"
Long after revolutionary left terrorism peaked, and broadly died off in France, Italy and Germany, armed struggle groups flourish in Greece, a trend continuing even after the sudden dismantling of the N17 organisation in 2002. Contrary to popular understanding, specific types of terrorism do tend to come to a close, which raises the interesting question of why such violence appears to have become a permanent fixture of Greek life.
George Kassimeris is best known for his excellent 2000 book on N17 "Europe's Last Red Terrorists" - which places the militants in a specifically Greek context, and outlines with some skill their political positions and overtly domestic focus. His reseaerch in other fields is perhaps less impressive (a 2008 Critical Terrorism Studies interview with long term British Islamist Moazzam Begg fails to ask a single critical question!) and it will be interesting to hear where, for example, Kassimeris places the emerging violence of Greek fascists.
Entrance is free, and the talk starts at 7.15pm at 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS.