EVENTS

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.

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NEWS

News item | 14 November 2014

Mark Singleton to address NATO Parliamentary Assembly on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

On 22 November 2014, ICCT Director Mr. Mark Singleton will address the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s (NATO PA) Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security. He will highlight the challenges societies face with regards to terrorism in general, and specifically concerning the growing problem of foreign terrorist fighters in Syria and Iraq. Due to the vast expertise of Mr. Singleton and ICCT in this area, Mr. Singleton was asked to contribute to this topic by addressing legislators of the Committee on Civil Dimension of Security.

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News item | 5 November 2014

ICCT Newsletter

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News item | 4 November 2014

Mark Singleton speaks at the Society for International Development – Netherlands

On 16 October, ICCT Director Mr. Mark Singleton gave a speech at the Society for International Development – Netherlands (SIDNL) on counter-terrorism and development. In his speech, he addressed the synergies between development and counter-terrorism and discussed how they must go hand in hand and points out the importance of a comprehensive approach that focusses on Prevention and Rule of Law. “The synergies are undeniable, the gains obvious, and the needs are growing by the day”.

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News item | 4 November 2014

Free Online University Course “Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice”

On 14 October, a Google Hangout on foreign fighters with international experts was broadcasted as part of the free online university course “Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice” of Leiden University. Experts who joined this chat were Mr. Mark Singleton, Director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague), Mr. Raffaello Pantucci (Director International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute- RUSI) and Mr. Daan Weggemans (Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism).

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News item | 4 November 2014

Mark Singleton visits Eurojust president Ms. Michèle Coninsx

On 3 October, Mr. Mark Singleton met the President of Eurojust, Ms. Michèle Coninsx, and discussed a number of matters of importance. The visit came at a crucial time; the recent shooting in Brussels, the phenomenon of returning foreign fighters, and the sudden and swift rise of the Islamic State (IS)in Syria and Iraq, clearly demonstrate the need for a coordinated response.

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News item | 4 November 2014

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

On 15 September 2014, Hivos and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) co-hosted a seminar on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS). The event addressed the causes of the groups strong uprising and what do to about the issue of foreign fighters going to the region to fight.

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PUBLICATIONS

Meeting Note | 7 November 2014

Addressing the Foreign Terrorist Fighters Phenomenon from an EU Perspective: UN Security Council Resolution 2178, Legal Issues, and Challenges and Opportunities for EU Foreign Security & Development Policy

On Thursday 23 October, the Global Center on Cooperative Security (Global Center), Human Security Collective (HSC) and International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) convened an expert meeting to discuss appropriate and effective responses to the threat of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs). The expert meeting was held in Brussels with experts from the European Commission’s Directorate General (DG) Home Affairs and DG Development and Cooperation – Europeaid (DEVCO), the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the office of the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator (CTC). 

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Op-Ed | 4 November 2014

About Fear, Terrorism and What is Really New

In this Op-Ed, ICCT Associate Fellow Mr. Peter Knoope discusses whether the Islamic State (IS) represents a new form of terrorism, one that deviates from previous terrorist organisations. Is what IS does really new? And how does IS exploit fear as a change agent and what is the message?

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Meeting Note | 4 November 2014

Practices and Reflections on Development, Security, and Peace in context of Violent Extremism and Terrorism

On 10 June 2014 the side event ‘Practices and Reflections on Development, Security, and Peace in context of Violent Extremism and Terrorism’ took place in New York, on the occasion of the UN General Assembly fourth biennial review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism strategy. The report includes a short introduction of the multi-stakeholder approach to prevent and mitigate extreme violence, and closes with recommendations that have been drawn from the different panels of the side-event.

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Op-Ed | 4 November 2014

Identity Issues and Alliance Dilemmas in the Middle East

Are European governments making the right choices in the Syria and Iraq? The choices that are currently made may very well backlash in the future. ICCT Associate Mr. Fellow Peter Knoope discusses the potentially long term involvement of Europe in the complex conflict in Syria and Iraq. Foreign fighters, the Islamic State, the political position of the Kurds and the support that is given to them, constitute difficult dilemmas for European governments.  

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Commentary | 4 November 2014

Testing the validity of US self-defence arguments against the Khorasan group in Syria

In this commentary, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Christophe Paulussen and Dr. Kinga Tibori Szabó test the validity of the specific US self-defence arguments against the Khorasan group in Syria, examining both Article 51 of the UN Charter and customary international law on this issue. In addition, the controversial unwilling or unable criterion is critically reviewed. 

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Commentary | 4 November 2014

The New Security Council Resolution 2178 on Foreign Terrorist Fighters: A Missed Opportunity for a Holistic Approach

In this commentary, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel reviews the new Security Council Resolution 2178 on foreign terrorist fighters. The resolution aims to address both preventative and repressive measures, however, van Ginkel states that this Resolution fails to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, as outlined in Pillar I of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and regards the Resolution therefore as a missed opportunity for a holistic approach.

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