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Radicalisation Awareness Network 2021

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is proud to announce that the European Commission – DG Home has awarded our consortium with the contract “HOME/2019/ISFP/PR/RADX/0075 — Technical Support to Prevent and Counter Radicalisation, for Policy Makers and Researchers: Support and Exchanges on Radicalisation”. This consortium includes 16 partners from 9 member states, ranging from public authorities to private companies, renowned academics, think-tanks and foundations active in preventing and fighting against violent radicalisation. The consortium is led by CIVIPOL.

The renewal of the EU Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) contract allows for the commencement of the second phase of this project (RAN 2021) and a continuation of ICCT´s involvement in the Radicalisation Awareness Network. This project encourages a better sharing of ideas that will improve contact between thousands of first-line practitioners, numerous law enforcement agencies and various national administrations. The RAN project is an “umbrella network”, or network of networks and provides a platform for practitioners to gather and share best practices in countering radicalisation leading to violent extremism.

Phase 2 of the contract will touch upon multiple sensitive topics such as the spread of violent extremist ideologies online and offline, polarisation in local communities, management of foreign terrorist fighters and their families, radicalisation in prisons and the rehabilitation of ex-offenders. ICCT´s involvement is dedicated towards directly supporting EU Member States and the Commission in countering violent radicalisation by ensuring that the Commission is equipped with the best academic knowledge of extremism, as well as dedicated tools and support towards strategic communication.

It is the ICCT´s ambition to build up on its unique savoir-faire in terms of project management and on its vast network of European and international specialists and partners to meet these challenges and to deliver new opportunities in support of the next phase of the Radicalisation Awareness Network.


Successful completion of RAN 2012 (Phase 1)

June 1, 2012

Since June 2012, ICCT has participated in the EU Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network. Phase 1 of the RAN project saw several great successes including the production of the RAN Declaration of Good Practices for Engagement with Foreign Fighters and the chairing of the INT/EXT working group to address the problem of “foreign fighters” in the context of preventing and countering violent extremism. Topics such as European Foreign Fighters in Syria and Foreign Fighters: Working with Individuals, Families and Communities before, during and after travel where covered amongst several others.

See below for a detailed coverage of all the achievements of phase 1.

About RAN

The RAN is a network of frontline practitioners who work daily with both those vulnerable to radicalisation and those who have already been radicalised. As civil society representatives, social workers, youth workers, teachers, healthcare professionals, local authority representatives, police officers and prison officers, they are engaged in both preventing and countering violent extremism in all its forms and rehabilitating and reintegrating violent extremists.

The RAN organises a number of thematic Working Groups for frontline practitioners so that they may share their extensive knowledge, first-hand experiences and approaches with one another, and peer review each other’s work. The RAN also produces a series of publications, which are shared with its network of frontline practitioners, which both highlight the lessons learned, insights and recommendations from Working Group meetings, and consolidate RAN’s knowledge and expertise.

Since it was founded in 2011, the RAN has attracted over 6,000 practitioners, who collectively represent all EU Member State.

Our Goals

To Understand:

This goal aims for a refined understanding of the radicalisation phenomenon (root causes; triggers; dynamics) through the engagement of the best academics on the matter. Our ambition is to bring actionable information to the various stakeholders involved in the prevention of radicalisation. The scope will cover the whole spectrum of the phenomenon and will include emerging forms of radicalisation.

To Liaise:

This goal aims for an increased visibility and usability of the project for citizens, civil society organisations, practitioners and policy makers. Our ambition is:

  1. To bring to all stakeholders, at local, national, European and international level if need be, the tools:
    – To allow any individual, organisation or administration to find usable and contextualised information on a 24-7 basis and in their mother tongue;
    – To effectively benchmark policies and initiatives; and
    – To offer support and guidance for individual or collective action (e.g. financing procedures, contact facilitation, agendas, etc.).
  2. To further enhance the contacts between all the stakeholders involved in the prevention of radicalisation through the organisation of dedicated and action-oriented events.

To Deliver:

This goal aims at supporting the European Union, its Member States and priority third countries in the realm of strategic communication through the mobilisation of the best experts on the matter. Our ambition is to bring state-of-the-art and tailored expertise to Member States and priority third countries so that alternative narratives and initiatives gain visibility, credibility and effectiveness.

To Report:

This goal aims at setting up the framework and the modalities of an innovating reporting methodology towards the European Union and its Member States so that it facilitates strategic decision making at the policy-making level.

Additional Information

For more information on RAN, please visit the RAN website or contact

The Experts

Meet the ICCT team members and our partners who contributed to this project.