ICCT sees a need for systematic evaluation of past and current counter-terrorism policies and strategies to assess effectiveness, learn from experiences and improve practices. Policies and strategies are often based on untested assumptions, thus running the risk of improper decision-making, which in turn might trigger unwanted and unforeseen dynamics. Though to some degree understandable, political imperatives to act first and reflect afterwards, are unsustainable. Therefore, ICCT aims to improve the feedback loop between policy and practice and will start by taking stock of and evaluate existing counter-terrorism strategies and initiatives.
One of the differences between states and non-state actors is a sense of permanence. Germany and Japan were completely defeated after World War II, yet today these states are important players in the international order. Even after the Syrian civil war and the fall of Mosul and other cities in 2014, the Iraqi government – […]
On 17 August 2017, terrorist organisation so-called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the terror attacks in Barcelona through its A’maq News Agency. The agency has claimed many attacks on behalf of IS long before Barcelona, and have since claimed several others that occurred soon after. Western news agencies consistently cite information provided by A’maq […]
On 28 September 2017, the mother of a French foreign terrorist fighter (FTF) was found guilty of terrorism financing and sentenced to a two-year jail term by a criminal court in Paris. She is accused of having sent money to her son Abbes Bounaga and having paid for plane tickets as he travelled to Algeria […]