Onderzoek

Countering Lone Actor Terrorism: Data Collection & Analysis

What drives an individual to commit violent extremism? Is the process of radicalization towards violent extremism and terrorism for  a lone actor different from group-based radicalization or active recruitment? Can we identify indicators that signal if someone is going down the path of violent extremism, and how can we subsequently prevent and counter lone actor terrorism? Is it really the case that lone actors are “crazy”, “lone” or “lonely”? How “alone” do they act? So-called “lone wolves” have become an increasing concern for governments around Europe, with recent cases such as that of Anders Breivik and the fear of violent extremist attacks by returning foreign fighters to their home countries.


Transitioning from Military Interventions to Long-term Counter-Terrorism Policy

In December 2014, Leiden University’s Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism with the Australian National University’s Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, commenced a research project to assess how (temporary) military interventions can best prepare the ground for an effective long term counter-terrorism policy. This research is sponsored by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme.


Kennisnetwerk Collectief Gedrag

Veel landen kenden de afgelopen jaren felle straatprotesten, met verschillende achtergronden en motivaties. Ook in Nederland bestaat het risico op grootschalige ordeverstoringen, al dan niet met maatschappij-ontwrichtende gevolgen. Geweld kan voortkomen uit een gewelddadige subcultuur van hooligans, ontstaan tijdens grote evenementen zoals in Hoek van Holland, schijnbaar spontaan uit het niets ontstaan zoals bij Project X in Haren, of politiek gemotiveerd zijn, zoals tijdens demonstraties. Naast de kleine kans dat conflicten ontstaan, kent ook ieder massaal evenement een risico op ongelukken en gedrag.


PRIME- Predicting, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism

PRIME sets out to improve our understanding of lone actor terrorism and to inform the design of social and physical counter-measures for the prevention of radicalisation, the disruption of terrorist plots, and the mitigation of terrorist attacks carried out by lone extremists. In this endeavour, PRIME adopts an innovative multidisciplinary approach, which combines formal modelling techniques drawn from security engineering with relevant expertise from the ecological, social, behavioural and criminological sciences.


Violence Research Initiative

The Violence Research Initiative at Leiden University combines expertise in violence research to help inform public policy and practice and pave the way for violence prevention. We carry out research, offer academic courses, professional training and workshops.


Kennisbank terroristische organisaties

In deze kennisbank vindt u organisaties die door de Europese Unie (EU) en de Verenigde Naties (VN) worden gekenmerkt als ‘verboden, omdat zij verbonden zijn aan terroristische activiteiten’. De kennisbank wordt in opdracht van de Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid (NCTV) door het CTC geactualiseerd.