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).
Despite nearly two decades of a global counter-terrorism campaign waged by the United States and its allies, there may now be four times as many Salafi jihadist fighters as there were on September 11, 2001. The total number is currently estimated at 230,000 militants spread across approximately 70 countries, with the lion’s share currently located […]
With the collapse of the so-called caliphate and the morphing of the proto-state back into an insurgency, the virtual presence of Islamic State is now one the ways for the group to maintain a link with its international audience and supporters. Nevertheless, after a peak in the years 2014-2015, IS’ media production has also sharply […]
Most Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) strategies assign a prominent role to counter or alternative narratives. The thinking behind these strategies goes something like this: groups like the so called Islamic State and Al Qaeda have been dominating the messaging war by reaching out over multiple platforms while culturally and individually tailoring their messages. The argument […]