Dr Nick Ridley is a Visiting Lecturer in the Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
He was a criminal intelligence analyst for over 22 years, firstly at the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard, working in various departments including Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch, and then at Europol, the EU law enforcement agency in The Hague.
He has a first degree in History and has studied for and gained two PhDs, one dealing with financial crime and the second in terrorist financing.
As part of his university teaching, he has taught at the Italian universities at Universita Cattolica Milan and University of Teramo and The Hague University, Netherlands and a guest lecturer at the NATO Centre of Excellence - Defence against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey.He has given intelligence training to police in Rwanda and Abu Dhabi. He is the author of books on terrorism and insurgency includingTerrorist Financing: the Failure of Counter Measures, Terrorism in East and West Africa - the Underfocussed Dimension and Michael Collins and the funding of political violence
Nick has just completed a fourth book,published on behalf of Liverpool John Moores University.
This fourth book is a historical account of a Revolt in the Seventeenth Century in Europe,
and then goes on to make comparisons and contrasts with more modern insurgencies and terrorism
and analyses the criteria for a successful insurgency, and lessons learned in counter-terrorism.