Reinier Bergema is a Project Manager and Research Fellow at the ICCT. He holds a dual Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) and Public Administration (Crisis and Security Management), both from Leiden University. His research interests include, inter alia, radicalization, and (jihadist) foreign fighters.
More specifically, Reinier has conducted research on Dutch jihadist foreign fighters, travelling to Syria and Iraq since the violent escalation of the conflict in 2011, combining both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Part of this research involved the setup of a (quantitative) database, consisting of over 220 Dutch jihadists who remain(ed) in Syria and Iraq.
In addition to his work at the ICCT, he is an assistant editor at the editorial team of Perspectives on Terrorism and a member of the General Board of the JASON Institute. Prior to the ICCT, Reinier was a strategic analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and a research assistant at Leiden University’s Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism.
Uri Rosenthal & Reinier Bergema, “Terrorisme als concept”. In Edwin Bakker, Erwin R. Muller, Uri Rosenthal & Rob de Wijk (eds.), Terrorisme: Studies over Terrorisme en Terrorismebestrijding (2nd edition). Deventer: Kluwer (January 2018)
Roel de Bont & Reinier Bergema, “Strijden op het pad van Allaah. Nederlandse Jihadisten in Syrië en Irak”. In Edwin Bakker, Erwin R. Muller, Uri Rosenthal & Rob de Wijk (eds.), Terrorisme: Studies over Terrorisme en Terrorismebestrijding (2nd edition). Deventer: Kluwer (January 2018)
Reinier Bergema & Marion van San, “Waves of the Black Banner: An Exploratory Study on the Dutch Jihadist Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria and Iraq”. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (November 2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2017.1404004
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This paper critically compares seven widely used risk assessment tools for violent extremism, including the VERA-2R, the ERG 22+, the SQAT, the IR46, the RRAP, the Radar, and the VAF. For each risk assessment method, the authors (1) provide background information about its country of origin, the field of expertise/discipline within which they were created, […]
This study focuses on increasing our understanding of the different pathways converts take during conversion to Islam. It looks specifically at the following research question: “How do the pathways of converts involved in jihadist movements differ from those of converts who are not, in terms of their life prior to Islam, their conversion experience and […]
Introduction The cases considered in Part 1 have illustrated what steps the UK family courts are willing to take in regard to children radicalised at home. In these cases, the courts have demonstrated an ability to be discerning and proactive when faced with new evidence or events impacting on the ongoing welfare of a child. […]