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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This policy brief provides an overview of the sociological issues underpinning the issues of far right and Islamist reciprocal or cumulative radicalisation in the Western European context. That is, these groups radicalise each other by mutually reinforcing their hate, intolerance, or indignation towards each other. The nature of reciprocal radicalisation between far right and Islamist […]
Writing in 1992, noted terrorism scholar David Rapoport remarked that nearly 90% of terrorist groups lasted less than one year. Subsequent scholarship on terrorist group longevity has similarly noted the short average lifespan of the vast majority of such groups. Why then—more than three decades after it was originally founded—has al-Qaeda been able to enjoy […]
Introduction In the past months, there has been considerable discussion about whether or not foreign fighters and their families currently detained in camps in Syria should be repatriated. An often-heard justification in Western Europe not to opt for repatriation is the fact that prosecution of the adults will often lead to light sentences and thus […]