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.
Gen. (ret.) Tom Middendorp & Reinier Bergema, The Warning Lights are Flashing Red. The Interplay between Climate Change and Violent Extremism in the Western Sahel. Planetary Security Initiative & International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (September 2019). https://bit.ly/35eaYIh
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 policy brief provides an overview of the sociological issues underpinning the issues of far right and Islamist reciprocal or cumulative radicalisation in the Western European context. That is, these groups radicalise each other by mutually reinforcing their hate, intolerance, or indignation towards each other. The nature of reciprocal radicalisation between far right and Islamist […]
Writing in 1992, noted terrorism scholar David Rapoport remarked that nearly 90% of terrorist groups lasted less than one year. Subsequent scholarship on terrorist group longevity has similarly noted the short average lifespan of the vast majority of such groups. Why then—more than three decades after it was originally founded—has al-Qaeda been able to enjoy […]
Introduction In the past months, there has been considerable discussion about whether or not foreign fighters and their families currently detained in camps in Syria should be repatriated. An often-heard justification in Western Europe not to opt for repatriation is the fact that prosecution of the adults will often lead to light sentences and thus […]