Dr. Alastair Reed
Dr. Alastair Reed is Acting Director of ICCT. Prior to this he was Research Coordinator and a Research Fellow at ICCT, joining ICCT and Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs in the autumn of 2014. 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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