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.
By Nicholas Farnham and Dr. Marieke Liem. The purpose of this paper is to explore how a copycat effect – established within the field of suicide studies – may manifest itself in terrorist suicide attacks, and takes an exploratory approach in evaluating the prospect of incorporating open-data resources in future counter-terrorism research. This paper explores […]
How the EU’s counter-terrorism policy can be improved The terrorist threat in the EU is very likely to increase over the next five years, particularly due to an expected increase in returning foreign fighters from the battlefield of Syria and Iraq. In addition, the diversification of the approaches used by terrorists, the range of targets […]
Over the last few years as the strength of so-called Islamic State (IS)’s propaganda has dawned on the West and the widespread fear of its role in radicalisation has taken hold, policy makers have been clamouring to find an effective response. Recently, what has emerged in policy circles as the perceived panacea for IS’s propaganda […]