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.
The former self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State (IS), once the size of Britain, has collapsed. Its attractiveness to the global jihadi movement also became evident in Germany. The German Federal Domestic Intelligence Service (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz) estimates that more than 1.050 Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) have left Germany for Syria and Iraq of whom, to […]
This policy brief examines the role former extremists and former combatants have in countering violent extremism (CVE). ‘The former’ as a special category of actor in CVE activities, including in peacebuilding settings, has gained significant attention in recent years. Various organisations and governments have utilised formers in CVE activities yet it remains unclear if and […]
Hardi N. once said about himself “I am a believer, but not a radical“. That view was not shared by the AIVD (the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service) and the Dutch National Police. Hardi was arrested in late 2014 for attempting to travel to Syria and subsequently convicted. After serving a short prison sentence, […]