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.
During the past five years, a substantial uptick in convictions for extremism-related offenses, coupled with the return of jihadists from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, drastically increased populations of extremist offenders within the prison systems of most European Union member states. Concurrently, several individuals who adopted violent extremist ideologies during their incarceration for offenses […]
Anjem Choudary, once accused of “poisoning the minds of the vulnerable” was released on licence from Belmarsh prison on Friday, 19 October. Prior to his conviction, Choudary and his extremist groups were thought to have influenced at least 100 people from Britain to pursue terrorist activities. His notoriety at the time was such that he […]
In light of the territorial demise of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, this report analyses the continued risks posed by IS. Given that IS is playing a long game, the report calls upon policymakers to keep up the counter-terrorism pressure, to sidestep policy fatigue at all costs to avoid undoing years of […]