Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn

Dr Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn is an Associate Fellow at ICCT as part of the Current and Emerging Threats pillar, and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University. She has been conducting research on the foreign fighter phenomenon since 2013, looking at historical cases such as Afghanistan (1980s), Bosnia (1990s) and Somalia (2000s). In addition, she is interested in how European countries deal with the current foreign fighter phenomenon in Syria and Iraq, particularly focusing on policies, threat assessments and public reactions. She has published an ICCT perspective on the Dutch foreign fighters who joined the fight in Ukraine.

De Roy van Zuijdewijn wrote a dissertation on how societies respond to terrorism. She looked into the aftermath of the jihadist attacks in Brussels (2016), Nice (2016), Berlin (2016) and Manchester (2017) and analysed how the authorities and citizens tried to give meaning to what had happened. Her focus on commemorations also led to an ICCT perspective on how Norway commemorated the attack by Breivik in 2011.

For ICCT, she has worked on various projects, including the “Countering Lone Actor Terrorism” (CLAT) with RUSI, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Chatham House. The project team developed a database of lone-actor terrorism in Europe between 2000 and 2014, in order to get a more empirically-based understanding of the phenomenon, and published their results in open-access journals.

De Roy van Zuijdewijn is also a board member of the European Expert Network on Terrorism (EENeT) and Associate Editor of the journal Perspectives on Terrorism. Together with Prof. dr. Edwin Bakker, she developed the massive open online course “Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice” that has attracted over 200.000 participants from more than 80 countries and which was updated and relaunched in 2022.

Key Publications:

Bakker, E. and J. De Roy van Zuijdewijn. Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies: Comparing Theory & Practice (Leiden University Press: forthcoming).

De Roy van Zuijdewijn, J. “The Aftermath: Meaning-making After Terrorist Attacks in Western Europe” (Leiden University: 2021, PhD dissertation).

Weijenberg, G. and J. de Roy van Zuijdewijn. The Forgotten Front: Dutch Fighters in Ukraine. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 16 July 2021.

De Roy van Zuijdewijn, J. Remembering Terrorism: The Case of Norway. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, 30 September 2019.

De Roy van Zuijdewijn, J. de and J. Sciarone, “Convergence of the Salience of Terrorism in the European Union Before and After Terrorist Attacks”, Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 33., No. 8 (2021).

De Roy van Zuijdewijn, J. “Terrorism and Beyond: Exploring the Fallout of the European Foreign Fighter Phenomenon in Syria and Iraq“, Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 10, No. 6 (2016).

Bakker, E. and J. de Roy van Zuijdewijn, “Jihadist Foreign Fighter Phenomenon: A Low Probability, High-Impact Threat“. The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 9 (2015).

Bakker, E., Reed, A., and J. de Roy van Zuijdewijn. “Pathways of Foreign Fighters: Policy Options and Their (Un)Intended Consequences”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism- The Hague 6, no. 1 (2015).

Bakker, E. and J. de Roy van Zuijdewijn. “Returning Western Foreign Fighters: The Case of Afghanistan, Bosnia and Somalia”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 5, no. 2 (2014).

De Roy van Zuijdewijn, J. “The Foreign Fighters’ Threat: What History Can(not) Tell Us Perspectives on Terrorism 8, no. 5 (2014).

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