Dr. Alastair Reed
Dr. Alastair Reed is an Associate Fellow at ICCT. Prior to this he served as Acting Director from 2016 – 2018. Dr Reed joined ICCT and Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs in the autumn of 2014 as a Research Coordinator and a Research Fellow at ICCT. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, where he completed his doctorate on research focused on understanding the processes of escalation and de-escalation in Ethnic Separatist conflicts in India and the Philippines. His main areas of interest are Terrorism and Insurgency, Conflict Analysis, Conflict Resolution, Military and Political Strategy, and International Relations, in particular with a regional focus on South Asia and South-East Asia. His current research projects address the foreign-fighter phenomenon, focusing on motivation and the use of strategic communications.
Key Publications include:
Ingram, H. J. and A. Reed. “Lessons from History for Counter-Terrorism Strategic Communications”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 7, no. 4 (2016).
Reed, A. “Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent: A New Frontline in the Global Jihadist Movement?” The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 8, no. 1 (2016).
Leenaars, J. and A Reed. “Understanding lone wolves: Towards a theoretical framework for comparative analysis“, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (2016).
Van Ginkel, B., and E. Entenmann (Eds.), “The Foreign Fighters Phenomenon in the European Union. Profiles, Threats & Policies”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 7, no. 2 (2016).
Bakker, E., Reed, A. and J. de Roy van Zuijdewijn. “Pathways of Foreign Fighters: Policy Options and Their (Un)Intended Consequences”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism- The Hague 6, no. 1 (2015).
Reed, A. “So What Does IS Want Us to Do Next…?”, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 2015.
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This policy brief provides an overview of the sociological issues underpinning the issues of far right and Islamist reciprocal or cumulative radicalisation in the Western European context. That is, these groups radicalise each other by mutually reinforcing their hate, intolerance, or indignation towards each other. The nature of reciprocal radicalisation between far right and Islamist […]
Writing in 1992, noted terrorism scholar David Rapoport remarked that nearly 90% of terrorist groups lasted less than one year. Subsequent scholarship on terrorist group longevity has similarly noted the short average lifespan of the vast majority of such groups. Why then—more than three decades after it was originally founded—has al-Qaeda been able to enjoy […]
Introduction In the past months, there has been considerable discussion about whether or not foreign fighters and their families currently detained in camps in Syria should be repatriated. An often-heard justification in Western Europe not to opt for repatriation is the fact that prosecution of the adults will often lead to light sentences and thus […]