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.
The former self-declared caliphate of the Islamic State (IS), once the size of Britain, has collapsed. Its attractiveness to the global jihadi movement also became evident in Germany. The German Federal Domestic Intelligence Service (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz) estimates that more than 1.050 Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) have left Germany for Syria and Iraq of whom, to […]
This policy brief examines the role former extremists and former combatants have in countering violent extremism (CVE). ‘The former’ as a special category of actor in CVE activities, including in peacebuilding settings, has gained significant attention in recent years. Various organisations and governments have utilised formers in CVE activities yet it remains unclear if and […]
Hardi N. once said about himself “I am a believer, but not a radical“. That view was not shared by the AIVD (the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service) and the Dutch National Police. Hardi was arrested in late 2014 for attempting to travel to Syria and subsequently convicted. After serving a short prison sentence, […]