An interview on the ‘old’ terrorism studies and the ‘new’ radicalisation researchMaking Sense of Radicalization and Violent Extremism
What the Zeitgeist can Tell us About the Future of Terrorism
Right-wing extremism is on the rise in most Western countries. Jihadi terrorism in contrast is in relative decline. What does that tell us about the future of terrorism?icct.nl
When do individuals radicalize?
For more than a century now, observers have been trying to understand why and how individuals become terrorists. What do we now know – and what don’t we known (yet)?Contemporary Terrorism Studies
From bad to worse
The fate of European foreign fighters and families detained in Syria, one year after the Turkish offensiveThomas Renard & Rik Coolsaet (Egmont Institute)
Foreign Fighters and the Terrorist Threat in Belgium
Returnees are no longer the sole – or even main – concern of security services.Rik Coolsaet, Thomas Renard (ISPI)
Terrorism and Counter Terrorism: European and American experiences
Two classes on terrorism & counterterrorism at CERIS (Brussels), 10-11 January 2020(CERIS, Brussels)
New figures on European nationals detained in Syria and Iraq
New estimates compiled by the Egmont Institute contradict some of the figures circulating previously on the number of European adults and children detained in Syria and Iraq.Thomas Renard, Rik Coolsaet (Egmont Institute)
Losing Control Over Returnees?
Europe is not yet done with the challenge of returning foreign fighters, and time is not on its side.Thomas Renard, Rik Coolsaet (Lawfare)
Radicalization: The origins and limits of a contested concept
The concept of radicalization has been less helpful or adequate at explaining and countering terrorism than its early advocates envisaged fifteen years ago.Rik Coolsaet (Radicalisation in Belgium and the Netherlands: Critical Perspectives on Violence and Security)
Radicalisation. A marginal phenomenon or a mirror to society ?
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 ?)
Rethinking radicalization: Addressing the lack of a contextual perspective in the dominant narratives on radicalization
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))
European leaders hit at Trump’s demands that they take back ex-ISIS citizens from Syria
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)