Marie Breen-Smyth has been Director of the Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Contemporary Political Violence (CSRV) in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, UK since 2005. She also teaches at Smith College, Massachusetts, USA. Prior to that, she was on the academic staff of the University of Ulster and was a 2003 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). In 1994, she founded the Institute for Conflict Research in Belfast and initiated the first study to document the impact of political violence on the population (including children) of Northern Ireland. She has worked with the Special Representative of the Secretary General of United Nations for Children and Armed Conflict on the issue of the recruitment of children into armed groups. Together with Richard Jackson and Jeroen Gunning she has advocated a more critical approach within ‘terrorism' studies and with Jackson, Gunning, George Kassimeris and Piers Robinson, she is a founder editor of the journal Critical Studies on Terrorism. Her latest books are Truth and justice after violent conflict: managing violent pasts (Routledge, 2007). She has written extensively about the Northern Ireland conflict, and continues to work on issues of justice and truth recovery with victims groups in Northern Ireland.