Dr. Bart Schuurman
Dr. Bart Schuurman is a Research Fellow at the ICCT and has worked as a Researcher at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (formerly Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism).
Dr. Schuurman has a background in History and International Relations. Past projects have included a study on potential “indicators” of terrorist intent and capability conducted in cooperation with the Dutch National Police, and a year-long evaluation of a Dutch reintegration programme for (violent) extremists. Currently, Bart is engaged in a three year long European Union-funded collaborative research project that focuses on gaining a better understanding of lone actor terrorists’ pre-attack behavior. His PhD thesis focuses on understanding involvement in terrorist groups by studying primary-sources based data using structural, group and individual level perspectives. In 2014, he spent several months working with professor John Horgan at UMass Lowell as a Fulbright Visiting Researcher. In addition to various aspects of (counter-)terrorism, Bart’s research interests include military strategy, asymmetric conflicts, negotiation and the Clausewitzian theory.
Key publications include:
Schuurman, B. “Becoming a European homegrown jihadist: a multilevel analysis of involvement in the Dutch Hofstadgroup, 2002-2005” PhD thesis, Leiden University (2017)
Bakker, E., Eijkman, Q. and B. Schuurman. “Structural influences on involvement in European homegrown jihadism: a case study“. Terrorism and Political Violence (2016)
Schuurman, B. and E. Bakker. “Reintegrating Jihadist Extremists: Evaluating a Dutch Initiative, 2013-2014”. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, vol. 8, no. 1 (2016).
Boeke, S. and B. Schuurman. “Operation ‘Serval’: A Strategic Analysis of the French Intervention in Mali, 2013-2014”. Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 38, no. 6 (2015), pp. 1-27.
Schuurman, B., Eijkman, Q. and E. Bakker. “The Hofstadgroup Revisited: Questioning its Status as a ‘Quintessential’ Homegrown Jihadist Network”. Terrorism and Political Violence, vol. 27, no. 5 (2015), pp. 1-22.
Schuurman, B. and Q. Eijkman. “Indicators of Terrorist Intent and Capability: Tools for Threat Assessment”. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, vol. 8, no. 3 (2015), pp. 1-17.
Schuurman, B., Eijkman, Q. and E. Bakker. “A History of the Hofstadgroup”. Perspectives on Terrorism, vol. 8, no. 4 (2014), pp. 65-81.
Schuurman, B. and Q. Eijkman “Moving Terrorism Research Forward: The Crucial Role of Primary Sources”. The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4, no. 2 (2013).
Schuurman, B. “Defeated by Popular Demand: Public Support and Counterterrorism in Three Western Democracies, 1963-1998”. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, vol. 36, no. 2 (2013), pp. 152-175.
Duyvesteijn, I. and B. Schuurman. “The Paradoxes of Negotiating with Terrorist and Insurgent Organisations”. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 39, no. 4 (2011), pp. 677-692.
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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 […]
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