ICCT Seminar | 15 September 2014

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: The Role and Future of Extremist Groups in the Region

The speed and strength with which the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has gained ground in Syria and Iraq is unprecedented. On Monday 15 September Hivos and ICCT convene an evening seminar in The Hague to discuss the role and future of violent extremist groups in the region and how the international community should respond.



News item | 15 September 2014

Meeting Report: The Military, Evidence and Counter-Terrorism

Together with the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, ICCT convened a high-level panel on the use of evidence collected by military for use in terrorism-related cases in civilian courts. A brief summary of the seminar is available now.

News item | 21 August 2014

August Newsletter

Our August newsletter is out - read about our latest events and publications. 

News item | 5 August 2014

New ICCT Director: Mr. Mark Singleton

ICCT is pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Singleton will start as the Centre's director on 1 September 2014. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the international peace, security and development sector. Mr. Singleton will replace the current ICCT Director Mr. Peter Knoope who has headed the Centre since its inception.

News item | 27 June 2014

Meeting Report: RAN Plenary and High Level Conference

On 16-17 June, the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Plenary and High Level Conference in Brussels took place. The Plenary gathered together over 150 RAN practitioners to discuss what RAN has achieved to date and the Network’s future strategy. 

News item | 26 June 2014

ICCT Co-Organises Side-Event at UN CT Strategy Review

On Tuesday 10 June, ICCT co-organised a side-event to the 4th Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in New York, together with several other think tanks and civil society actors. The side-event was comprised of four discussion panels, focussing on human security, inter- and intra-faith dialogue, reintegration and youth leadership in countering violent extremism. Summaries, background notes and footage of these panels are now available. 

News item | 23 June 2014

Expert Meeting Report: Developing an Effective Counter-Narrative Framework for Countering Violent Extremism

On 18 and 19 June, ICCT and Hedayah convened a roundtable expert meeting to examine the ingredients for a counter-narrative framework that could effectively refute the narratives communicated by violent extremist actors such as al Qaeda. The workshop gathered 25 of the leading experts from around the world at the Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi and used the recently-published Research Paper by ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Alex P. Schmid as a starting point for discussions.   

News item | 23 June 2014

ICCT Director Peter Knoope Briefs GCTF Meeting on Foreign Fighters

ICCT Director Peter Knoope briefed a meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) in Abu Dhabi on the current developments and responses to the threat of foreign terrorist fighters, focusing specifically on European nations. Knoope, who is co-chair of a European Union Working Group (RAN INT/EXT) on the topic of foreign fighters, emphasised in his statement that most returning foreign fighters will not pose a security threat, but many may require various types of assistance, including medical and psychological support.  



Research Paper | 6 August 2014

Transitioning from Military Interventions to a Long-Term Counter-Terrorism Policy

The past two decades have shown that it is arguably easier to start a military intervention than to end one. In this Research Paper ICCT Research Fellow Mr. Sergei Boeke looks at exit strategies from a counter-terrorism perspective, focussing on the link between the end of military interventions and the establishment and implementation of a long term counter-terrorism strategy.

Background Note | 20 June 2014

Returning Western foreign fighters: The case of Afghanistan, Bosnia and Somalia

In this Background Note, Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn and Edwin Bakker investigate three historical cases of foreign fighting: Afghanistan, Bosnia  and Somalia. They aim to give insight into what happened to these foreign fighters after their fight abroad had ended. The authors distinguish eight possible pathways for foreign fighters that can help to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of this complex phenomenon. 

Commentary | 5 June 2014

UK Measures Rendering Terror Suspects Stateless: A Punishment More Primitive Than Torture

In the latest policy measure against the perceived threat of foreign fighters, the UK passed a law that could result in terrorism suspects becoming stateless. Dr. Christophe Paulussen and Dr. Laura van Waas analyse the new legislation. The authors argue that such draconian measures as rendering a person stateless are counter-productive, and that inclusion - rather than exclusion - is the answer to combatting terrorism.

Research Paper | 12 May 2014

Violent and Non-Violent Extremism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

In this Research Paper, ICCT Visiting Research Fellow Dr. Alex P. Schmid seeks to clarify some conceptual issues that tend to obscure the debate about how best to counter violent extremism. The main focus of this Research Paper is on obtaining a clearer understanding of what “Islamist extremism” entails in the context of the ongoing debate on allegedly “acceptable” non-violent extremists and “unacceptable” violent extremists. 

Commentary | 18 April 2014

Terrorism Research and Government

In this commentary, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Alex P. Schmid explores the relationship between CT research and government. He argues that governments should trust non-governmental actors to a greater extent with sensitive information to ensure the most informed responses to terrorism.