Dr. Jacob Aasland Ravndal
Jacob Aasland Ravndal is Research Fellow at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo. Before that, Ravndal was a doctoral candidate and Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). His PhD thesis investigates the evolution of right-wing terrorism in post-WWII Western Europe. Previously, he has studied the use of intelligence in international military operations, cyber security, and protection of civilians in armed conflicts. His current research interests include the relationship between left- and right-wing militancy and violence, terrorist tactics, online radicalisation, and the use of intelligence in domestic counterterrorism operations.
May 2016, IS began implementing a strategy aimed at inciting lone actor attacks in Western countries, under the supervision of its “external security” body. This report examines changes in the ways in which IS has claimed credit for violent incidents in Western countries under this strategy in an effort to shed light on the links […]
According to the Global Terrorism Index 2018 (GTI), released in November 2018, South Asia ranked second in regions most affected by terrorism-related attacks and deaths in 2017. The 2018 GTI also notes that three countries in the region—Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India—are amongst the top ten countries most impacted by terrorism worldwide. The GTI, and other […]
Whereas video releases have been central to the Islamic State’s efforts to represent itself to its audiences, an extensive quantitative and qualitative study of these sources over a longer period of time is still lacking. This paper therefore provides an overview and analysis of the entire corpus of official videos released by the Islamic State […]