The Paris Attacks: Three questions

  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.

Re-entry of Sex Offenders

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.

European Female Jihadists in Syria: Exploring an Under-Researched Topic

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.

Government Roundtable Discussion on the issue of Radicalization

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. 

Libya: A battle for the future

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?

PKK and Turkey: time for peace?

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).  

Malls threatened by Al Shabaab

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

Negotiating with IS?

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?