Teun van Dongen
Teun van Dongen is an independent terrorism expert. He worked as a policy analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), a think tank in the Netherlands, and he has been a lecturer in Comprehensive Security at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences. During his period at HCSS, he has been seconded to the Dutch National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism. He is currently a part-time lecturer at Leiden University. Teun regularly writes for academic journals, newspapers and international affairs magazines. He holds a PhD degree from Leiden University, which he gained by writing a doctoral dissertation on counter terrorism effectiveness. In 2017 Amsterdam University Press published his book, ‘Radicalisering ontrafeld: tien redenen om een terroristische aanslag te plegen’ (‘Radicalisation dissected: ten reasons to commit a terrorist attack’).
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Introduction We live in an inter-connected, inter-dependent world, not only in digital spaces, but increasingly between the physical and digital worlds. While our inter-connectedness and the accompanying rapid technological change bring with them widespread societal benefits, they can also deepen existing vulnerabilities and create new ones, such as in relation to critical infrastructure interdependencies. These […]
This paper critically compares seven widely used risk assessment tools for violent extremism, including the VERA-2R, the ERG 22+, the SQAT, the IR46, the RRAP, the Radar, and the VAF. For each risk assessment method, the authors (1) provide background information about its country of origin, the field of expertise/discipline within which they were created, […]
This study focuses on increasing our understanding of the different pathways converts take during conversion to Islam. It looks specifically at the following research question: “How do the pathways of converts involved in jihadist movements differ from those of converts who are not, in terms of their life prior to Islam, their conversion experience and […]