Menso Hartgers

Menso joined the ICCT as an intern in July of 2021. He recently graduated cum laude from the master’s Crisis and Security Management at Leiden University, during which he specialized in Governance of Radicalism, Extremism and Terrorism. Menso is currently writing a thesis for his second master’s Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Amsterdam, in which he examines social reproductions and representations of terrorism in Egyptian anti-terrorism legislation and their effects on political dissidence. As part of his BA in Arabic Language and Culture, Menso followed a semester in Cairo at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute. Prior to the start of his master’s Crisis and Security Management, Menso also did an internship at the Dutch Embassy in Ankara, working on the sections of Security and Rule of Law.

Menso’s research interests include political ideologies in the MENA, critical terrorism studies, and the role of anti-terrorism legislation in the construction of suspect communities. Working as a volunteer practitioner on an EU-funded social media campaign to build resilience through counter-narratives, Menso hopes to bring his practical experience on messaging into the ICCT’s RAN research project. Here, he will assist in mapping EU policy positions on returning foreign fighters and examine the role of strategic communications and messaging in the formulation of said policies.