Conflict, Terrorism and Peace group (CTAP)

The members of CTAP have expertise in the study of the causes, dynamics, aftermath and prevention of all types of violent conflict in regions across the globe.

IDP Camp, India. The original was destroyed by an ethnic militia in 2014. Photo: Chris Wilson
Surviving victims of the attack. Photo: Chris Wilson

War, conflict and mass killings are as present today as at almost any time in history. Located in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, CTAP is a group of researchers who specialise in the study of the causes, dynamics, aftermath and prevention of all types of violent conflict.

The core members and affiliates of CTAP work on a range of conflict-related topics from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Issues examined include: inter-state war; ethnic violence and civil conflict; terrorism and counter-terrorism; genocide and mass killing; peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction; and humanitarian intervention. The members of CTAP have expertise in regions across the globe.

CTAP holds open seminars and workshops on conflict-related issues and produces research papers and reports. Please contact Dr Chris Wilson at for further information about CTAP or if you are interested in pursuing the study of conflict, terrorism and peace in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland.

The Master of Conflict and Terrorism Studies programme looks at the causes, dynamics and consequences of political violence, and explores practical and ethical approaches to its prevention and resolution.



  • West Papua in 2018. Monday 2 August 2018. Former activists of the Free West Papua movement and academics from Cendrawasih University discuss the current situation in West Papua addressing the region's economy, democracy, society, culture, and politics.


  • Investigating War Crimes. Tuesday 17 July 2018. Talk by Marc Garlasco on investigation of war crimes.
  • Collateral Damage: Investigating Civilian Casualties. Monday 16 July 2018. Panel of experts discussing challenges investigating collateral damage in contemporary conflict. Marc Garlasco, Thomas Nash, Treasa Dunworth, Deborah Manning, Thomas Gregory.
  • Breakfast Talk on Syria and Iraq. Friday 13 June 2018. Talk on working as a reporter in Syria and Iraq. Jonathan Spyer.
  • Military Anxiety and Genocide: Explaining the Campaigns of Annihilation Against the Rohingya, Rwanda’s Tutsi, and the Indonesian Left. Wednesday 23 May 2018. Talk on genocide. Dr. Chris Wilson.
  • E-Discussions with Humanitarians: Iraq. Thursday 17 May 2018. Q and A session on realities of humanitarian work in warzones. Salah Ali.
  • Kim Dotcom: The Most Wanted Man Online. Wednesday 18 April 2018. Film screening and Q and A on Kim Dotcom. Annie Goldson.
  • Somewhere Over the Red Line: International Efforts to Prevent Chemical Weapons Use in Syria. Wednesday 28 March 2018. Discussion on Syria. Professor Wyn Bowen.
  • The Unending Global War on Terror: Is There an Effective Nonviolent Alternative? Monday 12 March 2018. Talk on war. Dr. Charles Webel.

Recent publications

Chris Wilson, Ethnic, Religious, and Regional Conflict, Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia, 2018, pp. 118-128.

Stephen Noakes, A Disappearing Act: The Evolution of Administrative Detention under Xi Jinping, Journal of Chinese Political Science, 23, 2, 2018, pp. 199-216.

Stephen Noakes (with Jessica C. Teets), Learning and Institutional Change Under Authoritarianism: Strategic Adaptations Within International Foundations and NGOs in China, Voluntas, 2018, pp. 1-38.

Stephen Winter, Two Models of Monetary Redress: A Structural Analysis, Victims & Offenders, 13, 3, 2017-18.

Chris Wilson, Conflict and Anti-Minority Violence, Essays on The State of Violence and Conflict in Asia, Asia Foundation, 2017, pp. 208-217.

Stephen Noakes, The Advocacy Trap: Transnational Activism and State Power in Rising China, Manchester University Press, 2017.

Stephen Winter (with C. Jones), Magna Carta and New Zealand: History, Politics and Law in Aotearoa, Palgrave and Macmillan, 2017.

Chris Wilson, Ideological motives in spoiler violence: Post-Conflict Assam, Northeast India. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 23 (3), 2017, pp. 280-96.

Stephen Hoadley, New Zealand Trade Negotiations, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, 2017.

Maria Armoudian, The Frame Changers: Journalists, the Conflict, and the Peace Processes, Irish Political Studies, 2017.

Maria Armoudian, Reporting from the Danger Zone: Frontline Journalists, Their Jobs, and an Increasingly Perilous Future, Routledge, 2016.

Chris Wilson, 'Ongoing Rebel Violence in Autonomous Regions: Assam, Northeast India', Pacific Affairs, 89, 2, 2016, pp.287-307.

Stephen Noakes (with Charles Burton), Forging Free Trade with China: The Maple Leaf and the Silver Fern, Pacific Affairs, 89, 4, 2016, 839-858.  

Maria Armoudian, Introducing new datasets on Northern Ireland’s media in the peace process and a test of newsworthiness in times of ‘troubles’, Media, War and Conflict, 9, 2, 2016, 137-161.

Thomas Gregory, 'Civilian casualties, non-combatant immunity and the politics of killing: review essay', Critical Studies on Terrorism, 2016.

Thomas Gregory, 'Drones, Targeted Killings, and the Limitations of International Law', International Political Sociology, 2015.

Thomas Gregory, 'Dismembering the dead: Violence, vulnerability and the body in war', European Journal of International Relations, 2015.

Linda Åhäll and Thomas Gregory, eds, Emotions, Politics and War, Routledge, 2015.

Stephen Winter, 'Theorising the political apology', Journal of Political Philosophy, 2015.

Chris Wilson, 'Illiberal democracy and violent conflict in contemporary Indonesia', Democratization, 2015.

Maria Armoudian, 'Constructing “the Others” during conflict: How journalism’s norms and structures temper extreme portrayals', International Journal of Press/Politics, 2015.

Stephen Noakes (with Caylan Ford), Managing Political Opposition Groups: Explaining the Continuing Anti-Falun Gong Campaign, China Quarterly, 223, 2015, pp. 658-679.

Stephen Winter, Theorising the Political Apology, Journal of Political Philosophy, 23, 2, 2015, pp. 261-281. 

Media commentary

Stephen Winter, Time To Talk Compensation for State Care Abuse, Newsroom, 23 January 2018.

Stephen Hoadley, Trump: One Year On And Batting An Average of Zero, Newsroom, November 8 2017.

Stephen Winter, A constitutional call to action, Law News, 16 June 2017.

Chris Wilson, The weaponisation of blasphemy in Indonesia, Newsroom, Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Stephen Hoadley, Trump may count his first foreign foray a success, The New Zealand Herald, 31 May 2017.

Stephen Noakes, A New Cold War Or Just Empty Bluster?, Newsroom, April 21 2017.

Stephen Noakes, North Korea missile test: What happens next?, Newshub, Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Stephen Hoadley, Missiles on Syria: An academic view, Newsroom, Monday 17 April 2017.

Stephen Hoadley, Even The Trump Cloud Has Some Silver Lining, New Zealand Herald, 5 April 2017.

Maria Armoudian, From the fog of war to the blaze of the PR battle, Newsroom, 27 March 2017.

Chris Wilson, How do we define terrorism?, 95bFM, Monday 27 March 2017.

Stephen Noakes, Can Canada Follow New Zealand’s Model For Free Trade with China?, Asia Pacific Memo, No. 381, October 19 2016.

Maria Armoudian, Family of slain US journalist sue Syrian government, Truthout, 25 August 2016.

Maria Armoudian, Erdogan has failed democracy’s test. The world, NZ included, must respond. The Spinoff, 14 August 2016.

Chris Wilson, Are lone wolf attacks the new normal?, Dominion Post, Saturday 23 July 2016.

Stephen Hoadley, Secure and safe after Brexit, New Zealand Herald, Wednesday 13 July 2016.

Shahzad Akhtar, Pakistan’s Counterterrorism Dilemma, Pacific Outlier, Wednesday 13 April 2016.

Nicholas Ross Smith, Appraising the EU’s response to the Ukraine crisis, Pacific Outlier, Wednesday 15 July 2015.

Stephen Noakes, The Pacific Implications of China’s Proposed NGO Law, The Diplomat, July 10 2015.

Chris Wilson, Kiwi compassion in an age of mass killing and displacement, Pacific Outlier, Wednesday 24 June 2015.

Stephen Hoadley honoured by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs for four decades of work in international affairs, Tuesday 23 June 2015.

Stephen Hoadley discusses Saudia Arabias’ human rights record, Radio Live, Tuesday 28 April 2015.

Maria Armoudian speaks with Kim Hill about the Armenian Genocide, Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, Radio New Zealand, Saturday 25 April 2015.

Maria Armoudian, Honour all victims of Turkish brutalityNew Zealand Herald, Thursday 23 April 2015.

Stephen Hoadley on how laws governing the hot pursuit of fugitives from one country to another across a sea border are not well defined, Radio Australia, Monday 20 April 2015.

Chris Wilson on the Bali Nine and why Kiwis should care about two Australians getting the death penalty, Paul Henry Show, Tuesday 7 April 2015.

Staff research areas and conflict-related courses

Dr Chris Wilson (Convenor)

Ethnic and religious conflict, riots, insurgency, post-conflict violence, illiberal democracy and violence, conflict in the Asia Pacific.

POLITICS 200: The Politics of Extremism: From Fascism to Terrorism
: Democracy and Dictators: South and South East Asian Politics
POLITICS 356: Comparative Perspectives on Ethno-Political Violence
POLITICS 770: Intra State Conflict and Human Rights


Associate Professor Stephen Hoadley

Human rights, humanitarian intervention, counter-insurgency, International Criminal Court, peacekeeping, provincial reconstruction teams.    

POLITICS 240: New Zealand Diplomacy: Interests, Issues and Soft Power
POLITICS 750: International Relations and Human Rights


Dr Anita Lacey

Postdevelopment debates and poverty reduction, urban development programmes, security and insecurities, feminisms and feminist methodologies, international organisations and governance, ideas and movements of resistance.           

POLITICS 106: Global Politics
POLITICS 237: Critical Security Studies
POLITICS 355: Development, Power and Politics


Dr Stephen Noakes

China, surveillance, human rights, global civil society.

POLITICS 211: Politics of China
POLITICS 254/354: China and the World
POLITICS 771: Democratisation and International Relations


Dr Thomas Gregory

Drones, civilian casualties, ethics of war, humanitarian intervention, feminist theory.

POLITICS 258: The International Politics of the Middle East
POLITICS 318: War, Anarchy and the State: Theorising International relations
POLITICS 773: From Dresden to Drones: the Ethics of War


Dr Stephen Winter

Transitional justice, reparations, apology, reconciliation, democratization.

POLITICS 702: Transitional justice: From Retribution to Reconciliation


Dr Maria Armoudian

Political psychology, human rights, genocide, media, civil rights, Rwandan Genocide, Northern Ireland.

POLITICS 212: Media and Conflict
POLITICS 776: Media & Politics in an Age of Globalization



Associate Professor Maartje Maria Abbenhuis, History, University of Auckland

Shahzad Akhtar, PhD candidate, University of Auckland

Patrick Barron, Asia Foundation

Professor Graham Brown, University of Western Australia

Dr Louisa Buckingham, Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland

Simon Kitson, European Languages & Literature, University of Auckland

Suzanne Loughlin, PhD candidate, University of Auckland