Vanessa Newby is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University with the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs – Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) and is the PhD Coordinator at ISGA. Vanessa is President of Women in International Security Netherlands (WIIS-NL), and is also the lead researcher for the Gender and Peace research stream of the Chair of UN Studies in Peace and Justice. Vanessa’s research interests include peacekeeping, peacebuilding, informal institutions, gender and security and the international relations of the Middle East.
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.