Stef Wittendorp is a Research Fellow at ICCT and researcher at the Institute for Security and Global Affairs (ISGA). He is currently working on a NCTV-funded project inventorying policies and legislation concerning jihadism in various European countries and the United States. He is finalising his PhD at the University of Groningen on European Community/European Union efforts to deal with terrorism between the mid-1970 and 2015. His dissertation focuses in particular on the emergence and evolution of counter-terrorism as an EC/EU policy domain. For this purpose he draws on securitisation theory and governmentality.
Stef Wittendorp holds a Master’s degree in Modern History and International Relations (2011: cum laude) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Organization and International Relations (2009), both completed at the University of Groningen. In 2008, he spent a semester abroad at the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, in the United States.
His research interests concern: (critical) security studies, EU security policies, counter-terrorism, governmentality, and discourse analysis.
Uighurs, specifically individuals of Turkic decent from China’s northwest province of Xinjiang, have become a noticeable part of the constellation of globally active jihadist terror groups. Uighur jihadists first came to the world’s attention when the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001. While continuing their cooperation with the Taliban under the banner […]
Introduction The recent creation of an Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT) to coordinate the overall United Nations (UN) response creates a fitting opportunity to redress the current fractious approach of the many entities within the UN system with counter-terrorism mandates by considering sensible and practical recommendations on how to do so. The recommendations made in […]
IS’s proven ability to appeal to Western women to support jihadist activities and travel to the self-proclaimed Caliphate has sparked debate on why women support politically-motivated violent movements. Much of this discourse is dominated by studies that focus on social media accounts to understand what motivates female support. This Policy Brief seeks to offer nuanced […]