ICCT Annual Conference 2022: Publications

On the occasion of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism Annual Conference 2022 (7th and 8th of November 2022), we made a selection of some prominent pieces published  by the ICCT in 2022:


Terrorist Threat Assessment 2019-2021

The ICCT Threat Assessment provides data about the numbers, geographical distribution, and modus operandi of terrorist attacks.

Al-Qaeda’s Algerian Strategy: Attempts to Co-opt the Hirak and Rehabilitate the Salafi-Jihadi Image 

The Algerian Hirak is a popular non-violent protest movement pursuing systemic change in Algeria that has pressured the Algerian government for political transition since 16 February 2019. This research paper examines al-Qaeda commentary on the Hirak through qualitative content analysis and identifies shifts in propaganda messaging. The research also seeks to contribute towards a gap in the literature by addressing a not commonly discussed subject matter within terrorism studies and  providing grounding for future case studies exploring similar themes.

Right-Wing Extremism in the Military 

This research paper seeks to examine the right-wing military-extremism nexus by surveying potential consequences arising from the presence of right-wing extremists within Western militaries.

Dusty Feet: The Postings of an ISIS Blogger

This research paper retells the stories of an individual’s journey to join, dwell and fight for ISIS by examining Zafirr Golamaully’s series of blogs called ‘Dusty Feet’.


Cooperation with the Taliban to Counter Terrorism in Afghanistan

This policy brief examines prospects for international cooperation with the unrecognised Taliban government in order to counter terrorism in Afghanistan, consistent with international law.

Weapons in Afghanistan: The Taliban’s Spoils of War

Following the announcement of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban seized large quantities of small arms and light weapons (SALW). This policy brief explores the purposes for which the Taliban use these newly acquired ‘spoils of war’, ranging from fighting rival group ISK-P and controlling territory to financing their activities and propaganda purposes.

The Importance of Public Relations in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism 

The policy brief makes the case that policymakers and practitioners need to consider how P/CVE programmes engage in public relations (PR), specifically in communicating transparently. P/CVE programmes can benefit from greater community support and trust by engaging in public relations.

Militia Violent Extremists in the United States: Understanding the Evolution of the Threat

This policy brief analyse how the Militia violent extremists (MVEs) pose a growing threat within the United States. MVEs were the most prominent and well-organised participants in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and have plotted numerous acts of lethal violence against law enforcement, government officials, and civilians in the past decade.

Mass Displacement and Violent Extremism in the Sahel: A Vicious Circle?

This policy brief aims to assess how displacement simultaneously constitutes one of the most tangible symptoms as well as a potentially aggravating factor of the Sahel crisis.