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.
In the fourth part of the Handbook of Terrorism Prevention and Preparedness, the authors explore the interaction between prevention and preparedness. These chapters explore what can, and what has been done, ranging from early warnings to the prevention of cyber-terrorism. The full table of contents can be found here. The Handbook consists of five parts. […]
How has the media landscape changed in the past decades? And to what extent has this been affected by the change in governments throughout the years? The latest report in the Strategic Communications project seeks to answer these questions. Furthermore, it delves deeper into the culture of media reporting on terrorism in Egypt. This report […]
The casualties caused by armed violence in Mali have increased fourfold between 2016 and 2019, with young people being among the most affected by the situation. Although many initiatives have been launched to prevent and counter violent extremism in Mali, there remains a gap in understanding the interplay of factors that lead persons—especially young people—to support […]