Mr. Jos Kösters is Operations Manager at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). Until mid-2017 he was Director of Corporate Staff of Clingendael and responsible for inter alia finances, human resources and the secretariat of the Clingendael Board of Governors. Before joining Clingendael Mr. Kösters was executive director of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC), managing projects on inter alia rule of law, legal reform, human rights and prison reform in Central and East European countries and in Turkey. He was formerly employed at the Dutch section of Amnesty International and Oxfam Novib. He graduated in international relations from the Law Faculty of Leiden University (the Netherlands). He also has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
Almost two years after the promulgation of the VDP law, what impact do these civilian auxiliaries have on the overall crisis, the local conflict dynamics, and the situation faced by civilian populations in affected regions?
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Within counter-terrorism, there is little attention given to left-wing extremism. Van Dongen analyses why this phenomenon exists and whether it is justified.