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.
Collecting data on the number of terrorist attacks is a delicate task. The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) developed a baseline Terrorism Threat Assessment. This assessment used open source data to present an assessment of terrorism in 32 countries across four categories: (1) Terrorist Attacks, (2) (Returning) Foreign Terrorist Fighters (RFTF), (3) […]
Introduction Academic research began to focus specifically on terrorism in the 1960s and 1970s, although it would take until the 9/11 attacks before the burgeoning field took on its current form and significantly increased output. From those early days in the mid-to-late twentieth century onwards, terrorism research has had a distinctly applied focus, with a […]
Introduction In Syria and Iraq, the general consensus is that Islamic State (IS) has been militarily defeated, but the terror group is now popping up elsewhere and breathing new life into its global caliphate. In an April 29 video, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi mentioned that pledges of allegiance from the Khorasan region had been […]