In the Media | 15 Nov 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide in Homeland Security’s Podcast

On 13 November 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide appeared in the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness‘s podcast, ‘Intelligence. Unclassified’. It was the podcast’s 46th episode titled, ‘Children of the Caliphate – Young ISIS Returnees and the Reintegration Challenge’. The host, Dean Baratta, discussed Liesbeth’s recent research paper she co-authored with Jip Geenen, ‘Children […]

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In the Media | 7 Nov 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Phil Gurski Publishes Book, ‘The Lesser Jihads: Bringing the Islamist Extremist Fight to the World’

In September, 2017 ICCT Associate Fellow Phil Gurski published his third book called, ‘The Lesser Jihads: Bringing the Islamist Extremist Fight to the World‘. The book is an interesting take on terrorism and war from the terrorists’ perspective. It highlights conflicts across twenty-two countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, explains the connectivity between them, and […]

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In the Media | 7 Nov 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger in Mother Jones

On 5 November, 2017 ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger featured in an article in Mother Jones on online chat logs where Right-wing White extremists discuss bomb-making recipes. Berger claims that social media websites often “downplay the dangers posed by racial extremists”. It is important to focus on these activities and find suitable strategies to curb them. Read the […]

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In the Media | 7 Nov 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel in Trouw

On 2 November, 2017 Dr. Bibi van Ginkel had an Opinion published in Trouw on the role of military in collecting evidence and arresting terrorist suspects. As soldiers are often on the spot of where an attack takes place, they possess better and direct access to the crime site. Bibi argues that a better relationship between […]

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In the Media | 6 Nov 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Colin P. Clarke Article in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

On 3 November, 2017 Dr. Colin P. Clarke wrote an article for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on the future of counterterrorism efforts. The article asserts that although the Islamic State has been ousted from its Raqqa headquarters, it remains a dangerous criminal network. In addition, who will provide security and governance in Raqqa […]

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In the Media | 3 Nov 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Colin P. Clarke in The Globe and Mail

On 1 November 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Colin P. Clarke published an article on the recent New York vehicle terror attack in The Globe and Mail. In the article, Clarke discusses whether vehicle attacks can be prevented. He reasons that “it is nearly impossible to guard against such an attack” but argues “with increased […]

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In the Media | 2 Nov 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Colin P. Clarke in Slate

On 1 November 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Colin P. Clarke and Amarnath Amarasingam published an article in Slate titled “Terrorism Fatigue“. The article argues that terrorist attacks claimed by ISIS are desensitizing the public to violence. According to Clarke and Amarasingam, ISIS makes “terrorism seem a part of everyday life, making it fail to achieve its intended […]

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In the Media | 31 Oct 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger in The Washington Post

On 31 October 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger co-wrote an article in The Washington Post with Amarnath Amarasingam titled, ‘With the destruction of the caliphate, the Islamic State has lost far more than territory.’ They discuss IS’s future in terms of how it has characterised itself as a social movement. Such nature constitutes of […]

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In the Media | 30 Oct 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide at a Forum ‘Reintegration of Militants: Process and Practices’ in Islamabad, Pakistan

On 24 October 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide attended a forum held by the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies (Pips), Reintegration of Militant: Process and Practices in Islamabad, Pakistan. The event sought to discuss a Pakistan-specific model for reintegrating militants by engaging multiple actors and focusing on dialogue and peace. Liesbeth highlighted how there is no single […]

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In the Media | 25 Oct 2017
ICCT Research Coordinator Dr. Bart Schuurman and Research Fellow Prof. Dr. Edwin Bakker Publish Research Paper in Journal of Forensic Sciences

On 23 October the Journal of Forensic Sciences published a research paper co-written by Bart Schuurman, Edwin Bakker, Paul Gill and Noemie Bouhana. The paper, titled ‘Lone Actor Terrorist Attack Planning and Preparation: A Data-Driven Analysis’ analyses a sample of 55 lone actor terrorists using 198 variables related to pre-attack behavior. The paper questions the […]

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In the Media | 25 Oct 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Colin P. Clarke in Foreign Affairs

On 24 October 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Colin P. Clarke wrote an article in Foreign Affairs on Al Qaeda’s attempt to rebrand itself. The article is titled, “The Moderate Face of Al-Qaeda: How the Group has Rebranded itself” and discusses how the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda underwent a series of rebrandings with the aim to appear as a relatively more […]

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In the Media | 25 Oct 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Colin P. Clarke in Foreign Affairs

On 11 October 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Colin P. Clarke wrote an article in Foreign Affairs on the rise of Salafism in Gaza. The article, titled ‘How Salafism’s Rise Threatens Gaza’ argues that Salafi groups challenge Hamas’ claim to being the most truly Islamic group in Palestine. Worrying to both the Israeli government and Hamas’, this […]

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In the Media | 23 Oct 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Charlie Winter in Just Security

On 17 October 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Charlie Winter featured in an article in Just Security on IS’s claim to responsibility of the recent Las Vegas shooting. Alongside Amarnath Amarasingam and Jade Parker, Winter discussed to what extent this claim is valid. More importantly, whether the claim is true or not, how does it benefit IS’s self- […]

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In the Media | 20 Oct 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Craig Whiteside in ABC

On 17 October 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Craig Whiteside appeared on ABC‘s programme, The World Today, in a ten-minute audio interview on the virtual existence of the Islamic State’s (IS) caliphate. The interview questions revolved around how ISIS will continue to exist in the future, as more territory loses take place. Whiteside argues that ISIS will […]

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In the Media | 10 Oct 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Bérénice Boutin in VOA News

On 9 October 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Berenice Boutin featured in an article by Jamie Dettmer in VOA News. The article discusses familial aspects of terrorism where relatives of terrorists come under inspection and scrutiny. It refers to Boutin’s latest work on parents of terrorists financing their livelihoods, “Has Countering the Financing of Terrorism Gone Wrong? […]

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In the Media | 5 Oct 2017
ICCT Acting Director Alastair Reed & Research Fellow Christophe Paulussen in De Groene Amsterdammer

On 4 October 2017, ICCT Acting Director Alastair Reed and Research Fellow Christophe Paulussen featured in the latest edition of De Groene Amsterdammer. The piece was on (returning) foreign fighters and what to do about this phenomenon. Reed and Paulussen discussed topics such as push and pull factors of radicalisation, administrative measures such as deprivation of nationality and (international) prosecution. Read the article.

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In the Media | 5 Oct 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide & Associate Fellow Charlie Winter in NOS op 3

On 3 October 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide and Associate Fellow Charlie Winter were featured in an article by NOS op 3 about the recent Las Vegas mass shooting. They discuss how there could potentially be a link between IS and this incident. However, since there is no evidence to prove so, this assumption […]

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In the Media | 4 Oct 2017
ICCT Acting Director Alastair Reed in Eurojust Newsletter

On 4 October 2017, Eurojust News featured an interview with ICCT Acting Director Dr. Alastair Reed. The interview questions ranged from: the added value of think tanks for EU agencies in a counter-terrorism context, to the Foreign Terrorist Fighter threat and the implication of recent attacks committed by ‘lone wolves’. On the most important counter-terrorism challenge […]

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In the Media | 2 Oct 2017
ICCT Acting Director Alastair Reed on Corsham Institute’s CVE Podcast

On 29 September 2017, ICCT Acting Director Alastair Reed was interviewed by Charles Kriel from the Corsham Institute in a podcast on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). Reed explained the significance of de-radicalisation within civil society dealing with violent extremism. He emphasised shifting focus from traditional CVE strategies aiming to change extremist belief systems to creating disengagement between the actor and […]

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In the Media | 27 Sep 2017
ICCT Associate Fellows Haroro J. Ingram and Craig Whiteside in War on the Rocks

On 27 September 2017, ICCT Associate Fellows Dr. Haroro J. Ingram and Dr Craig Whiteside wrote an article for War on the Rocks titled ‘In Search of the Virtual Caliphate: Convenient Fallacy, Dangerous Distraction’. In their article, Ingram and Whiteside question the notion that the Islamic State is facing defeat and retreating to a ‘virtual caliphate’. They argue that the […]

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In the Media | 26 Sep 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Colin P. Clarke in Foreign Affairs

On 25 September 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Colin P. Clarke wrote an article in Foreign Affairs on ISIS’s transition from an insurgency organization to a terrorist group. The article, titled ‘How ISIS is transforming’ warned that in light of recent loses, predictions of ISIS’s demise are premature. Clarke argues that ‘governments must respond with a comprehensive counterterrorism […]

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In the Media | 25 Sep 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Colin P. Clarke in Lawfare

On 24 September 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Colin P. Clarke wrote an article for Lawfare about foreign fighters returnees. As the Islamic State’s caliphate continues to collapse in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters will return to home countries. Using data from the ICCT’s 2016 report on foreign fighters, Clarke constructs a profile for returning foreign […]

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In the Media | 22 Sep 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel & Editorial Board Member Daniel Koehler featured in the new book ‘Resilient Cities: Countering Violent Extremism at Local Level’ (2017)

In September 2017, Diego Muro (ed.) published the edited volume, Resilient Cities: Violent Extremism at Local Level. It highlights the importance of building resilience to violent extremism in European cities that are facing an accelerating threat with past terrorist attacks that have taken place in the last few years. It features one chapter by ICCT Research Fellow, […]

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In the Media | 21 Sep 2017
ICCT Associate Fellows Charlie Winters and Haroro J. Ingram in The Atlantic

On the 19 September 2017 Associate Fellows Charlie Winter and Dr. Haroro J. Ingram published an article in The Atlantic analyzing how ISIS was able to turn the ‘failed’ bomb at the Parsons Green London Underground Station on September 15 2017, into a strategic success. The article, titled “Why ISIS Is So Good at Branding Its Failures […]

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In the Media | 20 Sep 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger in Foreign Policy

On the 19th September ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger was cited in a Foreign Policy article about twitter’s suspension of terrorist-associated twitter accounts in the first half of 2017. The article stated that 300,000 twitter accounts were suspended between January and June of 2017, after social media companies received pressure to ‘crack down on terrorist use […]

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In the Media | 19 Sep 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Colin P. Clarke in The Jerusalem Post

On 17 September 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Colin P. Clarke wrote an article in The Jerusalem Post about Hezbollah’s traditional and effective manipulation of information warfare. Their mantra follows, “If you haven’t captured it on film you haven’t fought”. The organisation uses all forms of media ranging from newspapers, magazines, websites to television programmes all in […]

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In the Media | 19 Sep 2017
ICCT Report featured in Herald Scotland

On 17 September 2017, The Herald Scotland published a news article about the diffusion of foreign fighters now returning to their countries of origin. It puts forth possible reasons for such return – be it disengagement with a terrorist organisation they once believed in which has now failed them, or to open a gateway of “violence to […]

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In the Media | 15 Sep 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Haroro Ingram in The Australian

On 15 September 2017, The Australian published a news article about how ISIS is strategising to create a “virtual caliphate” to keep their dream alive for the future. Featuring Haroro Ingram, it analyses various propaganda techniques used by ISIS in maintaining a particular narrative characterized by terror and exceptionalism. The article discusses the content of the latest ISIS […]

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In the Media | 15 Sep 2017
ICCT Report featured in BBC News Article

On 30 August 2017, BBC News published a news article that analysed who was responsible for the 63 jihadist attacks that have taken place in Europe and North America over the past three years. The article drew upon a report titled “Fear Thy Neighbor: Radicalization and Jihadist Attacks in the West“, which was published jointly by ICCT, […]

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In the Media | 17 Aug 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger in The Atlantic

On 16 August 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger was cited in an article in The Atlantic about the similarities between jihadist and white supremacist violent extremism. According to Berger, “[t]he process and structure of radicalization and extremism […] are the same in different kinds of movements, even when the content of the extremist belief is different (such as with neo-Nazis and jihadists)”. […]

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In the Media | 17 Aug 2017
ICCT Associate Fellows Colin P. Clarke and Charlie Winter in War on the Rocks

On 17 August 2017, ICCT Associate Fellows Colin P. Clarke and Charlie Winter published an article in War on the Rocks about Islamic State’s (IS) strategic communications legacy. According to the authors, what made IS a successful movement was its understanding of the need to give its media apparatus a central role in order to attain its propaganda goals, and it has […]

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In the Media | 15 Aug 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger in The Atlantic

On 14 August 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger published an article in The Atlantic discussing possible scenarios for the Alt-Right movement following the ramming attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, which killed Heather Heyer and injured 19 others. This weekend, the Alt-Right is scheduled to hold protests across at least nine U.S. cities. J.M. Berger argues that “these events will provide an important barometer for […]

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In the Media | 3 Aug 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Colin Clarke in The Independent

On 1 August 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Colin Clarke was cited in The Independent, in an article discussing what implications the fall of so-called Islamic State (IS) is having for al-Qaeda. Discussing Hamza Bin Laden’s recent accusation of Abdul-Aziz bin Rahman Al Saud of being a British agent, Clarke argues that Bin Laden’s comments are al-Qaeda’s way of saying that Saudi […]

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In the Media | 2 Aug 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Haroro Ingram in The National Interest

On 31 July 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Haroro Ingram published an article in The National Interest arguing that despite the defeat of so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) in Mosul, continuing to devise effective ways to combat IS propaganda remains critical. Because IS has been weakened, it will seek new ways to disseminate its propaganda. The article gives a comprehensive overview of Ingram’s […]

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In the Media | 11 Jul 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide in Newsweek

On 6 July 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide was cited in Newsweek. In the context of so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) indoctrinating and using children in their campaigns, IS poses a much greater challenge than other extremist groups that try to radicalise communities. Van der Heide argues that because IS “was literally running a state-like operation, providing […]

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In the Media | 5 Jul 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel on NOS Het Oog

On 3 July 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel joined the Dutch Radio talk-show NOS Het Oog, discussing general dilemmas of dealing with foreign fighters wanting to return to their countries of origin. Now that so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) is on the brink of losing Raqqa and Mosul, governments in Europe and the United States, for […]

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In the Media | 5 Jul 2017
ICCT Report in Le Figaro

On 4 July 2017, the  French newspaper Le Figaro reported on the report “Fear Thy Neighbor: Radicalization and Jihadist Attacks in the West”, which was published jointly by George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) in June 2017. Le Figaro […]

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In the Media | 4 Jul 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow Charlie Winter in The Atlantic

On 3 July 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow Charlie Winter published an article in The Atlantic discussing how so called Islamic State’s (IS) recent loss of Mosul is not as detrimental to the group as one may initially think. The fall of Mosul, argues Winter, was a foreseeable development for IS, as it was more a question of when the city […]

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In the Media | 20 Jun 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger in The Atlantic

On 19 June 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger published an article in The Atlantic discussing the emerging pattern of reciprocal and escalating violence between various extremist groups. Berger argues that while Jihadist extremism is a mature extremist movement, anti-Muslim extremism is currently more diffuse. However, the symbiotic relationship between warring extremist groups sets a dangerous precedent. […]

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In the Media | 7 Jun 2017
ICCT Associate Fellows Colin P. Clarke and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross in the Boston Herald

On 5 June 2017, ICCT Associate Fellows Colin P. Clarke and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross were cited in the Boston Herald. Gartenstein-Ross argues that the attacks that occurred the United Kingdom over the past three weeks should no longer be considered as “lone-wolf” attacks, given their rapidity and the way in which they tie into a group strategy. Similarly, Clarke argues that anticipating […]

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In the Media | 7 Jun 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger in The New Yorker

On 5 June 2017, ICCT Research Fellow J.M. Berger was featured in an article by The New Yorker about how terrorism is changing. As so-called “Islamic State” (IS) is rapidly losing ground, this does not mean that the group will be any less dangerous. “The West can do things on the margins to be safer,” Berger said, but it still […]

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In the Media | 29 May 2017
ICCT Associate Fellows Colin P. Clarke and Craig Whiteside in War on the Rocks

On 3 May 2017, ICCT Associate Fellows Colin P. Clarke and Craig Whiteside published an article  titled “Charting the Future of the Modern Caliphate” in War on the Rocks. The article explores the future of so called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) and what will be most likely future scenarios for the jihadi group. According to Clarke and Whiteside, IS’ future survival […]

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In the Media | 29 May 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger on The Loopcast

On 5 May 2017, ICCT Research Fellow J.M. Berger was interviewed by The Loopcast to discuss his ICCT Research Paper ‘Extremist Construction of Identity: How Escalating Demands for Legitimacy Shape and Define In-Group and Out-Group Dynamics’. Berger explains how the idea for his paper came to be, and why he examines the white supremacist movement Christian Identity in […]

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In the Media | 18 Apr 2017
ICCT Research Fellow in NOS

On 11 April 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel commented in an article by the Dutch news broadcaster NOS about radicalisation in Central Asian countries.

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In the Media | 18 Apr 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger on ABC News

On 12 April 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger was interviewed by ABC News, discussing the Russian influence campaign behind the ‘#SyriaHoax’ hashtag on Twitter.

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In the Media | 7 Apr 2017
ICCT Research Fellow in De Morgen

J.M. Berger argues that Islamic State is losing its appeal, reflected in its decreased ability to recruit new followers.

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In the Media | 30 Mar 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Edwin Bakker on Pauw

On 29 March 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Prof. Dr. Edwin Bakker joined the Dutch talk-show Pauw, discussing his and Mr. Peter Grol’s latest book publication.

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In the Media | 28 Mar 2017
ICCT Research Fellow in NRC

On 27 March 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel was cited in the Dutch NRC newspaper with regards to the EU’s policy on counter-terrorism.

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In the Media | 6 Mar 2017
Q&A with Alex P. Schmid: “We need democratic leaders who can serve as credible role models”

ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Alex P. Schmid was interviewed by the Club de Madrid’s platform Stop Violent Extremism where experts on PVE/CVE can express and disseminate their ideas on how to tackle violent extremism. Dr. Schmid’s contribution centred on what is needed to build an effective new narrative to counter violent extremism. Read the full interview.

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In the Media | 28 Feb 2017
ICCT Research Fellow for PBS Newshour

On 26 February 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Alex P. Schmid was featured in article for PBS Newshour on defining ‘terrorism’.

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In the Media | 28 Feb 2017
ICCT Research Fellow in The Washington Post

On 7 February 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Prof. Edwin Bakker was featured in the article “A file on Islamic State’s ‘problem’ foreign fighters shows some are refusing to fight”, published in The Washington Post.

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In the Media | 10 Feb 2017
ICCT Associate Fellows in The Atlantic

On 9 February 2017, ICCT Associate Fellows Dr. Haroro Ingram and Dr. Craig Whiteside published an article in The Atlantic discussing the enduring propaganda value of Anwar al-Awlaki in connection with the recent US-led ground action targeting AQAP in Yemen. Ingram and Whiteside argue that even unintended actions, such as the death of Awlaki’s daughter […]

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In the Media | 8 Feb 2017
ICCT Associate Fellows in The Huffington Post

On 25 January 2017, ICCT Associate Fellows J.M. Berger and Charlie Winter were featured in an article published by The Huffington Post. The article “Trump’s Talk On Terror And Iraq Has Experts Worried About A Coming Backlash” examines the rhetoric of the US President in relation to the current battle against the so-called Islamic State (IS). J.M. […]

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In the Media | 8 Feb 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow in The Washington Post

On 3 February 2017, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger comments in The Washington Post on the current US administration’s re-branding of the countering violent extremism programme to countering Islamic extremism only. J.M. Berger argues that this allows the US government to specifically target “radical Islamic terror”, symbolically ignoring or even accepting the increasing presence of white nationalism […]

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In the Media | 8 Feb 2017
ICCT Associate Fellows in Foreign Affairs

On 31 January 2017, ICCT Associate Fellows Charlie Winter and Dr. Colin P. Clarke discussed the future of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in an article published in Foreign Affairs by providing an analysis of IS’ media coordination and productivity over the past years. The Associate Fellows conclude that the amount of propaganda outlets is decreasing as the centre of the […]

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In the Media | 3 Feb 2017
ICCT Research Fellow in The Strategist

On 2 February 2017, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Haroro J. Ingram published an article in The Strategist. “Obama’s foreign policy legacy in three quotes” examines the rhetoric used by the Obama administration in the context of the Syrian war, the perceived threat from Russia and the rise of so-called Islamic State (IS). To maintain credibility and legitimacy, Dr. Haroro […]

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In the Media, Update | 10 Jan 2017
ICCT Research Fellow Discusses Terrorism in 2017

On 30 December 2016, ICCT Research Fellow Bart Schuurman was featured in the Middle East Eye. In the article ‘The terror forecast for 2017’, Bart Schuurman and other terrorism scholars were invited to comment on terrorism prospects in 2017. Besides discussing current and expected developments of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the scholars also commented […]

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In the Media, Update | 9 Jan 2017
ICCT Research Fellow on Returning Foreign Fighters

On 20 November 2016, the Spanish newspaper El País published an article that examines the preparedness within Europe for a potential increasing influx of returning foreign fighters when the so-called Islamic State looses its power in Syria and Iraq. In the article, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Christophe Paulussen states that prosecution and detention of returning foreign […]

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In the Media, Update | 5 Jan 2017
ICCT Policy Brief in Rai News

On 30 December, the Italian news broadcaster Rai News published an article referring to the latest ICCT Policy Brief by ICCT Research Fellow Tanya Mehra. The article casts a look back at the death of Saddam Hussein ten years ago and the political situation today in Iraq, characterised by sectarian strife and the atrocities committed by the […]

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In the Media, Update | 2 Jan 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow on Social Media Recruitment

On 20 December 2016, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger was featured in The Washington Post article: “Tech companies ‘profit from ISIS,’ allege families of Orlando shooting victims in federal lawsuit”. The article examines the role that social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter play in the recruitment process of so-called Islamic State and the revenue they […]

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In the Media, Update | 2 Jan 2017
ICCT Associate Fellow on US National Public Radio

On 28 December 2016, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger was interviewed by David Greene of NPR. In the Morning Edition, J.M. Berger explored how counter-terrorism policy may change under the new US president-elect. During the interview, J.M. Berger comments on the dangers of the public narratives with its focus on ISIS and their claimed attacks in recent months, […]

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In the Media, Update | 22 Dec 2016
ICCT Research Fellow on Linking Terrorism to Migrants

On 20 December 2016, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Alex P. Schmid was featured on the WJLA news website. The article “Linking terrorism to immigration after Berlin attack may not align with facts, experts say”, explores the often perceived link between migration and terrorism. Based on his previous ICCT Research Paper Links between Terrorism and Migration: an Exploration, Dr. Schmid argues that […]

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In the Media, Update | 21 Dec 2016
ICCT Associate Fellow in The Boston Globe

On 25 November 2016, ICCT Associate Fellow J. M. Berger was featured in an article by The Boston Globe. The article “Should Twitter ban the alt-right? The case for online censorship” explores the role of social media platforms with regard to free speech and radicalisation. J. M. Berger argues that “social media give extremists some powerful tools for growth: […]

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In the Media, Update | 12 Dec 2016
ICCT Associate Fellow in War on the Rocks

On 12 December 2016, ICCT Associate Fellow Dr. Craig Whiteside was featured in War on the Rocks. His article shares six findings based on his research on the so-called Islamic State (IS) and its media enterprise. Dr. Craig Whiteside is part of ICCT’s Counter-Terrorism Strategic Communications project and has recently authored the Research Paper: Lighting the Path: the Evolution of the […]

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In the Media, Update | 28 Nov 2016
ICCT Associate Fellow on radicalisation awareness through fiction

On 25 November 2016, ICCT Associate Fellow Seran de Leede commented in an article by the Dutch news broadcaster NOS. The article examines ‘Layla M.’, a new fictional movie that captures the radicalisation process of a young Dutch girl. The creators aimed to decrease the taboo and encourage dialogue within society. Thus far, the movie has received positive reviews. […]

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In the Media, Update | 14 Nov 2016
ICCT Research Fellow Wietse van den Berge on Jihadist fragmentation

On 9 November,  ICCT Research Fellow Wietse van den Berge‘s interview with the Habilian Association was published by Mehr News Agency. The article “Jihadist groups fragmented, but sharing common goal” explores different types of radicalisation: Wietse van den Berge believes that ‘neither ideology nor religion is actually a cause for radicalisation’. Additionally, he comments on […]

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In the Media | 10 Nov 2016
Dr. Alastair Reed in The Strategist

In an article for The Strategist from 7 November 2016, ICCT Director Dr. Alastair Reed explores the possibilities of using strategic communications in countering the activities of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh.

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In the Media | 25 Oct 2016
Associate Fellow J. M. Berger in Politico Magazine

An October article in Politico Magazine by ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger explores the relationship between American white nationalists and the current Republican nominee for the U.S. presidency, Donald Trump. Presenting that at first the two parties were at odds, Berger elaborates on how many white nationalists have come to not only accept, but love Trump. The […]

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In the Media, Update | 24 Oct 2016
ICCT Associate Fellow Charlie Winter on the Propaganda Battleground

On October 23, ICCT Associate Fellow Charlie Winter featured in the Toronto Star newspaper on the use of counter-Islamic State (IS) propaganda by the American and Canadian governments. The article “Countering Daesh propaganda, and skeptics at home” critically explores the propaganda battleground and previously applied counter-terrorism narrative strategies. Charlie Winter argues for the need to remain innovative […]

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In the Media, Update | 24 Oct 2016
ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide in Trouw

On 13 October 2016, ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide was featured in the Dutch newspaper Trouw. The article examines the case of a Dutch foreign fighter who fled from territory controlled by the so-called Islamic State (IS) and is currently in interned in an IS defector camp in Syria. Van der Heide comments on the role of the government […]

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In the Media | 24 Oct 2016
ICCT Foreign Fighters Report in Stars and Stripes

On 14 October 2016, the Washington, D.C. based U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes published a piece that examines the notable absence of terrorist attacks in Italy since the establishment of ISIS – a fact that has not been shared by a number of its European neighbours. Drawing from the findings detailed in the ICCT Foreign Fighters Report, the […]

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In the Media | 19 Oct 2016
ICCT Research Fellow Edwin Bakker on Pauw

On 18 October 2016, ICCT Research Fellow Prof. Dr. Edwin Bakker joined the Dutch talkshow Pauw, discussing the battle of Mosul and the wider ramifications of the fight against the so-called Islamic State.

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In the Media | 18 Oct 2016
Charlie Winter Interview with WNYC

In a recent interview with Bob Garfield on WNYC’s show On the Media, ICCT Associate Fellow Charlie Winter discusses newly published figures concerning IS propaganda and recruitment reductions. Attributing these changes to significant losses in territory, the cyber war, and the killing of key IS figures through targeted strikes, Winter also anticipates increased retaliation from the group. Touching on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the […]

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In the Media | 12 Oct 2016
Associate Fellow J.M. Berger in The New York Times

A New York Times article presents newly published figures that indicate significant drops in the media output of so-called Islamic State (IS) and in the number of foreign fighters either joining or part of IS forces. Recognising this trend, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger comments that the group’s move away from selling itself as a utopia […]

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In the Media | 29 Sep 2016
ICCT Associate Fellow Featured in The Atlantic

Writing in The Atlantic, ICCT Associate Fellow J.M. Berger presents the historical context of white nationalism before focusing on an analysis of the famous racist novel The Turner Diaries.

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In the Media | 29 Sep 2016
ICCT Foreign Fighters Report in Time Magazine

A Time Magazine article of 15 September 2016 examines the position of mothers and their unique role as actors who can help prevent the radicalisation of children and young adults, relying on data from ICCT’s Foreign Fighters Report.

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In the Media | 29 Sep 2016
ICCT Associate Fellow on How Western Women Are Drawn to IS

Today, ICCT Associate Fellow Seran de Leede appeared in an article on Western Women drawn to ISIS in the Dutch news broadcaster NOS

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In the Media | 28 Sep 2016
ICCT Associate Fellow Charlie Winter in Business Insider

In an article published by the Business Insider, ICCT Associate Fellow Charlie Winter commented on the approach taken by some technology companies to counter extremism. In particular, incubator Jigsaw’s development of a Redirect Method allows them to target individuals on a path to extremism with ads that debunk the mythology of ISIS. However, Winter stresses that while the Redirect […]

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In the Media | 19 Sep 2016
Associate Fellow on Community Approach to Home-grown Terrorism

19.9.2016: In the StarTribune, ICCT Associate Fellow J. M. Berger comments on the effects of educational and mental health programmes on communities at risk of home-grown terrorism. Berger argues that while these programmes are beneficial to the communities involved, they do not necessarily lead to a reduction in violent extremism. Read the article. 

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In the Media | 18 Jul 2016
ICCT in the Media | Research Fellows on the Nice Attack

18.7.2016: in an article for the Spanish newspaper El Periodico, ICCT Fellows Edwin Bakker and Alex P. Schmid commented on the latest terrorist attack in Nice. While Alex Schmid focused on France’s historical role in the division of the Middle East, the secular character of its society and its involvement in the coalition against the so-called Islamic State […]

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In the Media | 29 Apr 2016
ICCT in the Media | Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel

Both last week and this week, ICCT Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel was interviewed by two Dutch newspapers as well as by Radio 1 to share her expertise: In an interview with NRC and Radio 1, she spoke on new legislation being discussed by the Dutch Parliament concerning the introduction of administrative measures against terrorists. These measures, argued […]

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In the Media | 6 Apr 2016
The Foreign Fighters in the EU Report in the Media

ICCT launched its Report ‘The Foreign Fighters Phenomenon in the European Union: Profiles, Threats & Policies’ in the presence of (inter)national policymakers, counter-terrorism experts, ambassadors, academics and media representatives. The event took place at the international press centre Nieuwspoort in The Hague, where the first copy was handed to the Netherlands National Coordinator for Security and […]

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In the Media | 5 Apr 2016
ICCT on the Dutch Efforts to Fight Terrorism

ICCT Director Mark Singleton and Research Fellow Dr. Christophe Paulussen commented on the efforts of the Netherlands to prevent radicalisation and counter-terrorism in several Dutch newspapers.

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In the Media | 23 Mar 2016
ICCT in the Media: Brussels Attacks

The analysis in the media by ICCT experts related to the Brussels attacks that took place on Tuesday 22 March 2016 can be found on this page.

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In the Media | 21 Mar 2016
ICCT Research Fellow on Capture of Abdeslam

Today, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel appeared in an article on the capture of Salah Abdeslam in the Dutch national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

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In the Media | 21 Mar 2016
Dr. Bibi van Ginkel on the Threat of Terrorist Attacks in Europe

On 17 March, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel was interviewed by the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw for an article on the threat of new attacks of the so-called “Islamic State” in Europe.

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In the Media | 11 Mar 2016
ICCT in De Volkskrant about leaked identities of IS recruits

On 10 March 2016, ICCT Director Mark Singleton and Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel commented on the leaked identities of Islamist State recruits in an article by the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.

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In the Media | 10 Mar 2016
“22.000 Revealed Identities of IS Recruits a Smoking Gun”

ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel called the revealed identities of IS recruits a “smoking gun”, that can make the conviction of jihadists in the Netherlands more likely.

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In the Media | 8 Feb 2016
ICCT Research Fellow Alex P. Schmid interviewed by Global Affairs Mexico

ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Alex P. Schmid is interviewed by Global Affairs Mexico about the relationship between terrorism and the media and the current state of the art in terrorism research.

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In the Media | 29 Jan 2016
ICCT Research Fellow on Importance De-Radicalisation of Foreign Fighters

ICCT Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide underlined the need for de-radicalisation programmes in an interview by Dutch public broadcaster Omroep WNL.

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In the Media | 18 Jan 2016
ICCT Director Mark Singleton on Istanbul and Jakarta attacks

On 16 January 2016, ICCT Director Mark Singleton was interviewed by Peter de Bie and Meike van der Weij of the Dutch news broadcast Nieuwsshow on NPO Radio 1.
In the interview, Mark Singleton comments on the recent attacks in Istanbul and Jakarta, and gives a broader assessment of current Western counter-terrorism policies.

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In the Media | 18 Jan 2016
ICCT Research Fellow on Threat Levels and States of Emergency

On 17 January 2016, ICCT Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel was interviewed by the Dutch news radio channel NPO Radio 1 on policy measures in the fight against terrorism. Specifically, van Ginkel differentiates between threat levels and states of emergency and explains the ramifications of each measure.

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In the Media | 15 Jan 2016
ICCT Director on Misconception of Indonesia as Jihad Fighters Hotbed

Following the terrorist attacks in Jakarta on 14 January 2016, ICCT Director Mark Singleton was invited by the Dutch news agency RTL Nieuws to discuss the background of this attack.

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In the Media | 15 Jan 2016
ICCT Research Fellow on Dutch Intelligence Report on Life under IS

On 13 January 2016, Dr. Bibi van Ginkel was interviewed by RTL Nieuws on the new report of the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service on life under the so-called “Islamic State”.

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In the Media | 12 Jan 2016
Marco de Swart on International Counter-Terrorism Meeting

ICCT Senior Portfolio Manager Marco de Swart was interviewed by the Dutch radio station Den Haag FM about the uniqueness of the joint meeting of the GCTF and the Global Coalition Against ISIL.

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In the Media | 11 Jan 2016
Mark Singleton on Joint Meeting GCTF & Anti-IS Coalition

ICCT Director Mark Singleton was interviewed by the Dutch news radio station BNR on account of the joint meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum and the Global Coalition Against ISIL/Da’esh.

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In the Media | 17 Dec 2015
ICCT Director in Belgian newspaper De Standaard

Mark Singleton was interviewed by the Belgian daily newspaper De Standaard on the document of the so-called “Islamic State” that outlined principles for governing territory and a strategy for becoming a viable state.

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In the Media | 19 Nov 2015
ICCT Research Fellow Seran de Leede on Female Suicide Bombers

On 19 November 2015, a day after a female terrorist that was linked to the Paris attacks bombed herself in Saint-Denis, Seran de Leede elaborated on the phenomenon of female suicide bombers.

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In the Media | 18 Nov 2015
ICCT Director on Situation in Sinai and Bombing of Russian Metrojet

On 9 November 2015, Mark Singleton was interviewed by Dutch TV. He elaborated on the bombing of the Russian Metrojet 9268 flight and the situational circumstances and history of the Sinai region.

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In the Media | 18 Nov 2015
Mark Singleton on NPO Radio 1

On 17 November 2015, ICCT Director Mark Singleton joined the NPO Radio 1 evening programme Met Het Oog Op Morgen, giving his impression of the state of affairs in Hannover regarding the cancellation of the friendly match between Germany and The Netherlands.

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In the Media | 16 Nov 2015
Mark Singleton and Dr. Bibi van Ginkel on the killing of “Jihadi John”

On 13 November, IS militant Mohammed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John”, was confirmed dead after being hit in a US drone strike. Mark Singleton and Dr. Bibi van Ginkel commented on his killing in the media.

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In the Media | 15 Nov 2015
ICCT’s Peter Knoope Elaborates on Potential Motivations of Terrorists

In an article published by the Belgian newsmagazine Knack on 10 November 2015, ICCT Associate Fellow and former Director Peter Knoope discussed the potential motivations of terrorists and the anti-Western sentiment.

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In the Media | 14 Nov 2015
ICCT in the Media: Paris Attacks

All media appearances of ICCT experts on the Paris attacks that took place during the night from Friday 13 to Saturday 14 November 2015 can be found on this page.

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In the Media | 28 Oct 2015
ICCT Research Fellow Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn on Dutch Radio

On 20 October 2015, Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn was interviewed on the large “Jihad court case” in the Netherlands in the news programme De Nieuws BV of Dutch radio channel NPO Radio 1.

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In the Media | 24 Sep 2015
Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel in de Volkskrant and on NPO Radio 1

  ICCT Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel was interviewed for the Dutch national newspaper de Volkskrant as well as on the news of NOS Radio 1 Journaal at radio channel NPO Radio 1. The interviews concerned the debate about the  risk of Islamic State fighters using the migrant routes as refugees to enter Europe. In her comment, Dr. […]

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In the Media | 10 Sep 2015
Associate Fellow Peter Knoope in Al Monitor

ICCT Associate Fellow Peter Knoope was interviewed on Al Monitor about the IS recruitment tools in Central Asia.

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In the Media | 27 Aug 2015
ICCT Associate Fellow Peter Knoope on Italian Radio 24

On 17 August 2015, Peter Knoope joined the programme “No Place is Far” (Italian: Nessun Luogo è Lontano) on the Italian all-news radio station Radio 24 to speak about the leadership of terrorist organisations.

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In the Media | 31 Jul 2015
ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel Speech at UN Counter Terrorism Committee’s special meeting

  At the occasion of a UN Counter Terrorism Committee‘s special meeting held in Madrid, state representatives, representatives of other UN organisations and agencies, and regional organisations, as well as researchers, implementing parties and civil society representatives, participated in three technical meetings that were held to discuss the challenges and threats posed by foreign terrorist […]

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In the Media, Update | 30 Jul 2015
OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Expert Conference

ICCT Director Mark Singleton and Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel attended the Counter-Terrorism Expert Conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna.

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In the Media | 29 May 2015
Daan Weggemans on the Reintegration of Jihadist Detainees

Research Fellow and Leiden University Researcher Daan Weggemans and Beatrice de Graaf conducted one of the first scientific studies on the societal reintegration of former jihadist detainees.

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In the Media | 28 May 2015
Tom Keatinge on BBC

On Sunday 17 May, Tom Keatinge provided an analysis to BBC about banks helping to identify possible jihadi fighters.

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In the Media | 12 May 2015
Dr. Bibi van Ginkel in Trouw

Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel on the GCTF Administrative Unit in newspaper “Trouw” (in Dutch).   Find the whole article here.

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In the Media | 1 May 2015
Christophe Paulussen in Algemeen Dagblad

On Friday 1 May, Christophe Paulussen was quoted by Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad in an article about new counter-terrorism legislative proposals in the Netherlands.

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In the Media | 22 Apr 2015
Associate Fellow Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on Foreign Policy

Associate Fellow Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross provided analysis about the Islamic State and Boko Haram in Africa in Foreign Policy.   Read the full article here.

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In the Media | 22 Mar 2015
Associate Fellow Peter Knoope in the International Business Times

Associate Fellow Peter Knoope was interviewed about the situation in Yemen in the International Business Times.   Find the article here.

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In the Media | 19 Mar 2015
Globalised Conflict Situations: Nigeria’s Boko Haram in Perspective

On 19-20 March 2015, ICCT together with ASC organised a two-day event on ‘Governance and Connections in Africa’s Contemporary Conflicts’ that explored the multi-dimensional connections between conflict zones ranging from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa and from Central Africa to the Great Lakes Region. On the second day, a public lecture ‘Globalised Conflict Situations – Nigeria’s […]

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In the Media, Update | 18 Mar 2015
Research Fellow Dr. Paulussen Briefs Council of Europe

On 16 March 2015, ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Christophe Paulussen was invited by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy to participate in a hearing at the French Senate in Paris on the issue of foreign fighters in Syria.

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In the Media | 22 Feb 2015
Dr. Bibi van Ginkel in De Morgen

On Syria and Counternarratives, interview with ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Bibi van Ginkel: “Schakel ex-Syriestrijders in contrapropaganda“, in De Morgen (in Dutch).

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In the Media, Update | 13 Feb 2015
ICCT Welcomes New Fellows

ICCT welcomes three new Fellows including Dr. Elaine Pressman, Ms. Seran de Leede and Mr. Daan Weggemans, and Ms. Naziha Laribi as Communications Intern.

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In the Media | 29 Jan 2015
Dutch Foreign Fighter Omar H. Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

On 27 January, the Court of Appeal in The Hague sentenced 23-year old Omar H. from Amsterdam to 18 months unconditional imprisonment for, amongst others, participation in training for terrorism. It is the first decision in which a Dutch court has issued a judgement on the participation in and assistance to terrorism.

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In the Media | 22 Jan 2015
ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Christophe Paulussen in NOW

ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Christophe Paulussen provided an interview on returning jihadists in NOW Media. Read the article here.

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In the Media | 22 Jan 2015
ICCT Associate Fellow Peter Knoope in the International Business Times

ICCT Associate Fellow Peter Knoope in the IBTimes on the possible impact of the Paris Attacks. Read the article here.

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In the Media | 22 Jan 2015
ICCT Director Mark Singleton on Storify

ICCT Director Mark Singleton on Storify on the future of EU counter-terrorism policies. Listen to the interview here.

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In the Media | 20 Oct 2010
Jason W. and the Issue of De-Radicalisation

Jason W, a convicted member of the Dutch home-grown Hofstad Network, has sent an open letter to a newspaper in the Netherlands renouncing his Jihadi beliefs, in the wake of a trial which reopens today. In this case, the court will explore if the Hofstad Network should be classified as a terrorist organisation.

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