ICCT’s Most-Read Publications in 2020

From policy briefs on terrorist reoffending to research papers on far-right framing of coronavirus, 2020 has been a year of insightful and crucial research on counter-terrorism. Take a look at our six most-read long-form publications, which raise important policy recommendations and research findings:

6️⃣ Our sixth most-read publication of 2020 is Jacob Ware’s policy brief on the violent far-right’s increasing use of terrorist manifestos, highlighting common themes and their implications for counter-terrorism.

5️⃣ Our fifth most-read publication of 2020 is Jessica Davis’s Policy Brief on the role of women in the Islamic State, which highlights the need for integrating gender analysis in threat assessments.

4️⃣ Our fourth most-read publication of 2020 is Colin P Clarke’s historical overview of how terrorists and insurgents’ trafficking, smuggling and criminal use of Small Arms and Light Weapons. Read this and other reports in our series on SALW here.

3️⃣ Our third most-read publication of 2020 is Andrew Silke and John Morrison’s policy brief on re-offending by released terrorist prisoners. This broad and international analysis provides an important overview of the issue.

2️⃣ Our second most-read publication of 2020 is Richard McNeil-Willson’s analysis on how far-right groups in Europe have responded to COVID-19. Read this analysis on far-right framing in times of crisis here.

1️⃣ Our most-read publication of 2020 is Samantha Kutner’s in-depth analysis of the Proud Boys, which explores the scripts and narratives that attract the members of crypto-fascist extremist organisations. This is an area on which little scholarly research exists. Read it here.