Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn

Dr Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn is a Research Fellow at ICCT, and a Researcher at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University. Since 2013, she has been conducting research on the phenomenon of foreign fighters. De Roy van Zuijdewijn has looked at a number of historical cases of foreign fighting, namely Afghanistan (1980s), Bosnia (1990s) and Somalia (2000s). She is also interested in how European societies respond to the current foreign fighter phenomenon in Syria and Iraq, particularly focusing on policies, threat assessments and public reactions (e.g. fear levels). She is teaching a course on foreign fighters at Leiden University.

For ICCT, she has also worked on a multi-year project “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. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD-degree, researching the impact of terrorism on Western societies. She is specifically focusing on reactions in European countries to terrorists attacks, looking at what citizens do after attacks. Her focus is on rituals such as commemorations, which she is attending and studying for a number of IS-related terrorism cases such as Brussels (2016) and Nice (2016).

De Roy van Zuijdewijn is also a board member of the European Expert Network on Terrorism (EENeT) and country coordinator for the PhD-network of the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI). She has assisted Prof. dr. Edwin Bakker in developing the massive open online course “Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice” that has attracted over 150.000 participants from more than 80 countries.

Key Publications include:

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

Bakker, E., and J. De Roy van Zuijdewijn. “Are Returning Foreign Fighters Future Terrorists? Why We Should Start from this Assumption”. in: R. Jackson and D. Pisoui (eds), Contemporary Debates on Terrorism. (Routledge: Forthcoming).

Abels, P., and J. De Roy van Zuijdewijn. “Dreigingsbeeld Terrorisme Nederland (DTN): nut en noodzaak van een ‘all source threat assessment’ in: Muller, E. Rosenthal, U., de Wijk, R., E. Bakker. (eds), Terrorisme, (Kluwer: forthcoming).

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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