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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The casualties caused by armed violence in Mali have increased fourfold between 2016 and 2019, with young people being among the most affected by the situation. Although many initiatives have been launched to prevent and counter violent extremism in Mali, there remains a gap in understanding the interplay of factors that lead persons—especially young people—to support […]
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 […]
This report offers a concise, comprehensive, and critical overview of the empirical findings available on the background and possible motivations foreign fighters. It focuses on the young Western men and women who became jihadist foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. The analysis compares thirty-four reports and academic articles published between 2014 and 2019. The analysis […]