Radicalisation remains as fraught with conceptual confusion and divergent policy prescripts as at the beginning, a decade and a half ago.Rik Coolsaet (Radicalisation. A marginal phenomenon or a mirror to society ?)
The concept of radicalization has been media hyped and is widely imbedded in public discourse today. Policy responses to radicalization are based on how we understand it.Stiene Ravn, Rik Coolsaet, Tom Sauer (Radicalisation. A marginal phenomenon or a mirror to society ? (2019))
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Security services believe that it would be safer to have potentially dangerous citizens inside their home countries, where they can more easily be monitored, than to have them float free in the tumult of the Middle East.Michael Birnbaum (Washington Post)
“Nobody, but really nobody, with the exception of France, wants them back.”Daniel Boffey et.al (The Guardian)
After a “lone wolf” Islamist militant attack, the media invariably ask: What inspired him to kill? Usually the answer is found in Islamist militant propaganda. We need to ask the same question about right-wing terrorism.Max Boot (Washington Post)
Four years of war had dramatically changed the face of the country. For decades, Belgium had been one of the top five industrial powers. But the war and the occupation put a stop to Belgian global expansion: by 1918 the country was devastated, its industrial heritage dismantled. The pre-war illusion that neutrality would protect the land forever had evaporated.
The country’s policy towards returning jihadists has evolved, and it has security lessons other countries could learn from. But Belgium also has a long way to go in tackling the problems that helped drive many young people towards ISIS in the first placeEleanor Beevor (Al Bawaba (Jordan))
According to intelligence estimates, there are around 1,400 European children in Syria and Iraq, many of them born there. The fate of these children confronts European governments with moral, legal, political, diplomatic and security dilemmas. Governments are divided over the issue, but almost all are reluctant to address it head-on.Thomas Renard, Rik Coolsaet (Security Policy Brief Egmont)
In this Perspective, Rik Coolsaet and Thomas Renard comment on the risks posed by returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters, and examine how Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands have attempted to address these risks.Rik Coolsaet, Thomas Renard (ICCT)
Belgium has earned a bad name in counterterrorism circles, with critics charging that its security services did too little too late when it came to disrupting the Islamic State and other groups on Belgian soil. The tragic terrorist attack in Brussels two years ago, however, marked a turning point.Thomas Renard, Rik Coolsaet (Lawfare)