The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent think and do tank providing multidisciplinary policy advice and practical, solution-oriented implementation support on prevention and the rule of law, two vital pillars of effective counter-terrorism.
ICCT’s work focuses on themes at the intersection of countering violent extremism and criminal justice sector responses, as well as human rights related aspects of counter-terrorism. The major project areas concern countering violent extremism, rule of law, foreign fighters, country and regional analysis, rehabilitation, civil society engagement and victims’ voices.
CONNECTING EXPERTS, POLICYMAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS
Functioning as a nucleus within the international counter-terrorism network, ICCT connects experts, policymakers, civil society actors and practitioners from different fields by providing a platform for productive collaboration, practical analysis, and exchange of experiences and expertise, with the ultimate aim of identifying innovative and comprehensive approaches to preventing and countering terrorism.
WHAT WE DO
Counter-Terrorism Research and Analysis – Working with academics and think thanks on developing policy relevant knowledge on prevention and rule of law based approaches to counter-terrorism, including trends analysis
Policy Advice and Implementation – Bringing together policymakers, experts, civil society actors and frontline practitioners to share expertise, and providing advice, training and capacity building
Monitoring and Evaluation – Systematically assessing counter-terrorism policies and strategies to provide feedback loops between policy and practice and contribute to evidence-based planning and implementation
The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Support – hosting the GCTF Administrative Unit and providing substantive support to its Foreign Terrorist Fighter (FTF) Working Group
Training Modules and Summer Programmes – tailored to different target audiences ranging from postgraduates to senior policymakers and judges, on a variety of topics and organised both in-house and on location.
AT THE CENTRE OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
ICCT engages with a vast and diverse network of international organisations, government departments, NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks and civil society organisations from around the globe.
The Centre works closely with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and various United Nations agencies, such as the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF).
Also in the European context, ICCT stands at the forefront of institutional collaboration: It is member of the consortium for the Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence and cooperates among others with the European Commission and the European External Action Service.
The casualties caused by armed violence in Mali have increased fourfold between 2016 and 2019, with young people being among the most affected by the situation. Although many initiatives have been launched to prevent and counter violent extremism in Mali, there remains a gap in understanding the interplay of factors that lead persons—especially young people—to support […]
The latest publication in the Strategic Communication project, this paper details the role of citizen journalists reporting on Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. With primary source research and interviews with media, the author examines the challenges reporters in these areas face. This report is part of a wider project, led by the International Centre […]
This report offers a concise, comprehensive, and critical overview of the empirical findings available on the background and possible motivations foreign fighters. It focuses on the young Western men and women who became jihadist foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. The analysis compares thirty-four reports and academic articles published between 2014 and 2019. The analysis […]