Recent terrorist events within the EU lead to a call for more and better information exchange. This is not new though. It stretches back to 2001.
World leaders declare 'war' on Islamic State after the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015. The world leader appear to overlook some consequences that declaring 'war' implies.
On Friday 13 November, a series of terrorist attacks in Paris killed more than one hundred people. Although it is too early to give definite answers, this article will point at some of the most important questions that are still unanswered.
The release of (former) jihadists from prison is not the end of a process but rather the start of a next phase: it could be the beginning of a successful societal reintegration but also the start of a (new) cycle of violence.
At first glance, school shooters and lone wolves have quite a bit in common. If so, policy transfer is viable between detecting and preventing lone wolves and school shooters. Research suggests that both groups are only comparable superficially.
The magazine New Scientist selected 25 nominees from candidates proposed by all Dutch and Belgian universities for the New Scientist Science talent 2015 election. One of these nominees is dr. Marieke Liem, who works at the Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism.
The MOOC Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice by Prof. Edwin Bakker, co-developed by the Centre for Innovation, has now attracted over 100,000 participants. It is the first MOOC of Leiden University to reach this magic number.
Professor Edwin Bakker, director of the Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism, released his new book “Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies: Comparing Theory and Practice”, published by Leiden University Press.
CTC researchers Bart Schuurman and Quirine Eijkman conducted a 2-year study for the Dutch National Police on the pre-attack behavior of several homegrown jihadist groups and individuals.
On June 4 2015 a Symposium on 'Re-entry of Sex Offenders took place at Leiden University Campus The Hague. Mayors, municipal security advisors, researchers and students convened to shed light on the best practices in re-entry of this special group.
Terrorism experts Daan Weggemans (Leiden University) and Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht University) conducted one of the first scientific studies on the societal reintegration of jihadist former detainees. They showed that the reintegration process isn't without problems. Their conlusions are presented in the report "Upon release".
As with other dual-use technologies, non-lethal drone applications are increasingly becoming both a cause for concern and an exciting area of development.
The number of young Western women travelling abroad to join the "Islamic State" (IS) continues to increase. However, little is known about these women, including their motivations and roles within organisations such as IS. With this Background Note, Research Fellow Prof. Dr. Edwin Bakker and Ms. Seran de Leede provide preliminary answers and explain what is known so far.
On the 25th of February, CTC researcher Daan Weggemans participated in a hearing of the permanent commission for social affairs and employment. During the hearing the issue of radicalization was discussed in two sessions. The first session gave members of parliament the opportunity to discuss the manifestations of radicalization in practice with members from the Muslim community. In the second session five academics were ask to present their views on radicalization in the Netherlands.
There is something strange about all the comments relating to the Jihadist-movies that flood across the social media. Brilliant propaganda, according to some commentators. Better stuff than Hollywood ever produced, others stated. Is it really? Let's try to get some realism in the assessment of the Jihadist propaganda material.
On March 12, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) – a partner institute of the CTC - invited Associate Fellow Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross to present his latest publication on Libya. In his paper “Dignity and Dawn: Libya’s Escalating Civil War” Gartenstein-Ross describes how Libya slowly but steadily descended into “armed politics” in the aftermath of the revolution that ended Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-years reign. The 2011 NATO-intervention in Libya with its limited military objectives was heralded by some as a “model intervention”. However, while probably quite successful in attaining these objectives in the short run, the events of the past year showed that such an endeavour does not guarantee long term stability. How should we look at the current chaos that has resulted in the death of more than 3,200 persons since 2014?
The imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, called for a peace settlement between Turkey and PKK on 28 February 2015. Although it is not the first time he calls for peace, it might be a next step in the peace process since a new regional actor has entered the scene, the Islamic State (IS).
In February 2015, Al Shabaab produced a video in which it calls for an attack on malls in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.This call for violent action spurred many worried reactions around the globe, especially in the three mentioned count
The brutal killing of an IS-held Jordanian pilot might make negotiating with IS not an option. Some captives of IS were freed though. So why not try to negotiate?
New developments within societies create a complex patchwork of control and therefore a renewed mission for the public police.