Méryl joined the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism as Project Assistant in November 2019. Her work currently focuses on the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism in Mali, both inside and outside the prison context. She is also involved in a research project exploring the trafficking of small arms and light weapons as a source of financing for terrorist organisations.
Prior to joining ICCT, Méryl contributed to various research projects in the area of international peace and security. In addition to a Master thesis on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, she conducted research for the Council of Europe Counter-Terrorism Division on the radicalisation of women and children in terrorist organisations. Combining desk-based and fieldwork research, she also carried out a prospective study on the impact of nomadic peoples on the security environment in the ECOWAS region for the French armed forces positioned in Dakar, Senegal.
She holds a multidisciplinary BA in Political Science, History, Economics and Law as well as a MA in European and International Relations – Internal and External Security of the European Union – from the Institute of Political Science of Strasbourg. She also completed a specialisation degree on Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa at the Institute of Political Science of Lyon.
When the Music Stops: The Impact of Terrorism on Malian Youth, Report, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) & United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), October 2020.
Demuynck, M. and Coleman, J. The Shifting Sands of the Sahel’s Terrorism Landscape, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, March 2020.
Demuynck, M., Coleman, J., Vermeersch, E. and Dal Santo, E. Social Media in Mali and its Relation to Violent Extremism: A Youth Perspective, Report, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, March 2020.
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