Daan Weggemans is a Research Fellow at ICCT and a researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) at Leiden University/Campus The Hague. In his research, Daan Weggemans focusses on processes of (de)radicalisation and re-integration. He studied, among others, the radicalisation and preparatory processes of Dutch Foreign Fighters. Currently he is researching re-integration of (former) extremist detainees. For his projects Daan interviewed dozens of security professionals and multiple (former) violent extremists and their peers. Earlier publications also focused on new counter-terrorism measures and, with his colleagues, on an in-depth study of the Anders Breivik trial in Oslo. Daan is also the country coordinator for the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) and a member of the board of the Dutch-Flemish Network for Terrorism Researchers.
Key publications include:
Entenmann, E., Van der Heide, L., Weggemans, D. and J. Dorsey. “Rehabilitation for Foreign Fighters? Relevance, Challenges and Opportunities for the Criminal Justice Sector”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 5 (2015).
Bakker, E., Grol, P. and D. Weggemans. “De leefwereld and denkbeelden van Nederlandse en Belgische Syriëgangers”. Internationale Spectator, Vol. 68, no. 12, pp. 14-20, 2015.
De Graaf, B. and D. Weggemans. “Na de vrijlating. Een exploratieve studie naar recidive en re-integratie van jihadistische ex-gedetineerden”. (On the re-integration of extremist detainees). Politie en Wetenschap/Reed Business, 2015.
Bakker, E., Grol, P. and D. Weggemans. “Who are they and Why do they go?“. Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol.8, no. 4, pp.100-111, 2014.
Weggemans, D. ’Reintegration of suspected Extremist offenders’. Openbaar Bestuur, January 2014, pp. 8-12.
De Graaf, B., van der Heide, L., Wanmaker, S. and D. Weggemans. “The Anders Behring Breivik Trial: Performing Justice, Defending Democracy”. The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4, no. 6 (2013).
Boeke, S. and D. Weggemans. “Destination Jihad: Why Syria and not Mali?“, Perspectives, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 4, 2013.
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