Prof Dr. Emeritus Rik Coolsaet
Prof Dr. (em) Rik Coolsaet is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Ghent University (Belgium) and Senior Associate Fellow at the Egmont Institute in Brussels. In the 1980s and 1990s, he served as deputy chief of the Cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Defence and of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed a member of the original European Commission’s Expert Group on Violent Radicalisation (established 2006) and the subsequent European Network of Experts on Radicalisation (ENER). His latest research dealt with the origins and shortcomings of the concept of radicalisation and includes “When do individuals radicalise?” (In: Diego Muro, Tim Wilson (Eds), Contemporary Terrorism Studies. Oxford University Press, 2022.
Key ICCT Publications:
Coolsaet, R., and Renard, T. What the Zeitgeist can Tell us About the Future of Terrorism. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 09 June 2022
Coolsaet, R., and Renard, T. The Homecoming of Foreign Fighters in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium: Policies and Challenges. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 11 April 2018
On the 9 year anniversary of the Westgate attack, this Perspective takes stock of recent political developments and the evolution of the threat from al-Shabaab within both Somalia and Kenya.
This perspective analyses the recent ECtHR ruling and explains its impact on the policy of European countries to repatriate children that are still in the Northeast Syria camps.
This Perspective will assess five common predictions of the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan when they took over a year ago and consider whether things turned out as badly as many believed.