Laura Ombelet is an All-Round Intern at ICCT starting September 2017. She recently graduated from Leiden University College with a B.Sc in Liberal Arts & Sciences, majoring in Governance, Economics and Development. At Leiden University College, she gained experience as a student research assistant, focusing on the topic of hybrid governance. In late 2016, she spent a semester abroad studying International Development and Urban Sociology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. At ICCT, her responsibilities lie with online communication through social media channels; external communication with partners, academics and policymakers; background research and event organisation.
Uighurs, specifically individuals of Turkic decent from China’s northwest province of Xinjiang, have become a noticeable part of the constellation of globally active jihadist terror groups. Uighur jihadists first came to the world’s attention when the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001. While continuing their cooperation with the Taliban under the banner […]
Introduction The recent creation of an Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) to coordinate the overall United Nations (UN) response creates a fitting opportunity to redress the current fractious approach of the many entities within the UN system with counter-terrorism mandates by considering sensible and practical recommendations on how to do so. The recommendations made in […]
IS’s proven ability to appeal to Western women to support jihadist activities and travel to the self-proclaimed Caliphate has sparked debate on why women support politically-motivated violent movements. Much of this discourse is dominated by studies that focus on social media accounts to understand what motivates female support. This Policy Brief seeks to offer nuanced […]