Tahir Abbas is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University in The Hague. He is the Scientific Coordinator of the H2020 RIA ‘DRIVE’ project (Determining multilevel-led causes and testing intervention designs to reduce radicalisation, extremism, and political violence in North-Western Europe through social inclusion). His recent books are Countering Violent Extremism (IB Tauris, 2021), Islamophobia and Radicalisation (Oxford University Press, 2019), and Contemporary Turkey in Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). His recent edited books are Political Muslims (co-ed., with S Hamid, Syracuse University Press, 2019) and Muslim Diasporas in the West: Critical Readings in Sociology (4 vols., Routledge Major Works Series, 2016). Recent peer-reviewed journal articles have appeared in Critical Studies on Terrorism, Ethnicities, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Critical Social Policy, British Journal of Sociology of Education, Turkish Studies, and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. Abbas has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics (2017-2019) and New York University (2015-2016).
Almost two years after the promulgation of the VDP law, what impact do these civilian auxiliaries have on the overall crisis, the local conflict dynamics, and the situation faced by civilian populations in affected regions?
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Within counter-terrorism, there is little attention given to left-wing extremism. Van Dongen analyses why this phenomenon exists and whether it is justified.