Seran de Leede
Seran de Leede is an Associate Fellow at ICCT. Her areas of interest include gender and terrorism/extremism and the modern history of Afghanistan. In her history Master thesis (2013), she looked at the role and position of neo-Nazi women in contemporary Germany through a historical perspective. In 2014, she concluded an exploratory assessment on Afghan women and their position towards the Taliban for ICCT. She also has an interest in female foreign fighters, both from a historical perspective as in the light of current events and is a member of the Dutch-Flemish Network for Terrorism and Radicalization Research (NVNT) at Leiden University.
Key Publications include:
Bakker, E. and S. de Leede. “European Female Jihadists in Syria: Exploring and Under-Researched Topic”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 6, no. 2 (2015).
Leede, S. de. “Afghan Women and the Taliban: An Exploratory Assessment”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 5, no. 1 (2014).
Within the territorial boundaries of the Islamic State’s (IS) ‘caliphate’, women were largely confined to the domestic sphere. Their roles centred on support to militant husbands and the ideological upbringing of children. The physical collapse of IS’ proto-state marks a significant turning point in women’s commitment and activism for the group. Many IS-affiliated women are […]
Right-wing violence and terrorism have slowly gained more academic and public attention in recent years, with an increase in anti-immigration and anti-government organised violence from the extreme right in most Western countries. Some evidence exists that right-wing extremists have attempted to infiltrate the military in their home countries to gain access to tactical training, weapons, […]
Climate change indirectly increases the risk of violent extremism, write Reinier Bergema and General (ret.) Tom Middendorp in their PSI-ICCT policy brief The Warning Signs are Flashing Red: The interplay between climate change and violent extremism in the Western Sahel. Development and security cannot do without the other. It is not enough to counter violent […]