ICCT Seminar | 15 September 2014

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: The Role and Future of Extremist Groups in the Region

The speed and strength with which the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has gained ground in Syria and Iraq is unprecedented. On Monday 15 September Hivos and ICCT convene an evening seminar in The Hague to discuss the role and future of violent extremist groups in the region and how the international community should respond.



News item | 22 October 2014

Mark Singleton speaks at the Society for International Development – Netherlands

On 16 October, ICCT Director Mark Singleton gave a speech at the Society for International Development – Netherlands (SIDNL) on counter-terrorism and development. In his speech, he addressed the synergies between development and counter-terrorism and discussed how they must go hand in hand and points out the importance of a comprehensive approach that focusses on Prevention and Rule of Law. The synergies are undeniable, the gains obvious, and the needs are growing by the day”.

News item | 20 October 2014

Free Online University Course “Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice”

On 14 October, a Google Hangout on foreign fighters with international experts was broadcasted as part of the free online university course Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice of Leiden University. Experts who joined this chat were Mr. Mark Singleton, Director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague), Mr. Raffaello Pantucci (Director International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute- RUSI) and Mr. Daan Weggemans (Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism). 

News item | 8 October 2014

Mark Singleton visits Eurojust president Ms. Michèle Coninsx

On 3 October, Mark Singleton met the President of Eurojust, Ms. Michèle Coninsx, and discussed a number of matters of importance. The visit came at a crucial time; the recent shooting in Brussels, the phenomenon of returning foreign fighters, and the sudden and swift rise of the Islamic State (IS)in Syria and Iraq, clearly demonstrate the need for a coordinated response.

News item | 30 September 2014

Newsletter September

We just sent our September newsletter with ICCT's latest activities, publications and upcoming events. 

News item | 30 September 2014

Meeting Report - Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: The Role and Future of Extremist Groups in the Region

On 15 September 2014, Hivos and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) co-hosted a seminar on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS). The event addressed the causes of the groups strong uprising and what do to about the issue of foreign fighters going to the region to fight.

News item | 26 September 2014

ICCT and CTED Join Hands in Analysis of Terrorism Trends

During a visit to New York in late September, ICCT Director Mark Singleton met with Executive Director Jean-Paul Laborde of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate. Although CTED and ICCT are already close partners in capacity-building projects in the area of countering violent extremism and criminal justice, the two parties decided to strengthen their cooperation in analysing new terrorism trends and challenges. 

News item | 15 September 2014

Meeting Report: The Military, Evidence and Counter-Terrorism

Together with the T.M.C. Asser Instituut ICCT convened a high-level panel on the use of evidence collected by military for use in terrorism-related cases in civilian courts. A brief summary of the seminar is available now.

News item | 21 August 2014

August Newsletter

Our August newsletter is out - read about our latest events and publications. 

News item | 5 August 2014

New ICCT Director: Mr. Mark Singleton

ICCT is pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Singleton will start as the Centre's director on 1 September 2014. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the international peace, security and development sector. Mr. Singleton will replace the current ICCT Director Mr. Peter Knoope who has headed the Centre since its inception.

News item | 27 June 2014

Meeting Report: RAN Plenary and High Level Conference

On 16-17 June, the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Plenary and High Level Conference in Brussels took place. The Plenary gathered together over 150 RAN practitioners to discuss what RAN has achieved to date and the Network’s future strategy. 

News item | 26 June 2014

ICCT Co-Organises Side-Event at UN CT Strategy Review

On Tuesday 10 June, ICCT co-organised a side-event to the 4th Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in New York, together with several other think tanks and civil society actors. The side-event was comprised of four discussion panels, focussing on human security, inter- and intra-faith dialogue, reintegration and youth leadership in countering violent extremism. Summaries, background notes and footage of these panels are now available. 

News item | 23 June 2014

Expert Meeting Report: Developing an Effective Counter-Narrative Framework for Countering Violent Extremism

On 18 and 19 June, ICCT and Hedayah convened a roundtable expert meeting to examine the ingredients for a counter-narrative framework that could effectively refute the narratives communicated by violent extremist actors such as al Qaeda. The workshop gathered 25 of the leading experts from around the world at the Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi and used the recently-published Research Paper by ICCT Research Fellow Dr. Alex P. Schmid as a starting point for discussions.   

News item | 23 June 2014

ICCT Director Peter Knoope Briefs GCTF Meeting on Foreign Fighters

ICCT Director Peter Knoope briefed a meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) in Abu Dhabi on the current developments and responses to the threat of foreign terrorist fighters, focusing specifically on European nations. Knoope, who is co-chair of a European Union Working Group (RAN INT/EXT) on the topic of foreign fighters, emphasised in his statement that most returning foreign fighters will not pose a security threat, but many may require various types of assistance, including medical and psychological support.  



Meeting Note | 14 October 2014

Practices and Reflections on Development, Security, and Peace in context of Violent Extremism and Terrorism

On 10 June 2014 the side event ‘Practices and Reflections on Development, Security, and Peace in context of Violent Extremism and Terrorism’ took place in New York, on the occasion of the UN General Assembly fourth biennial review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism strategy. The report includes a short introduction of the multi-stakeholder approach to prevent and mitigate extreme violence, and closes with recommendations that have been drawn from the different panels of the side-event.

Commentary | 13 October 2014

Identity Issues and Alliance Dilemmas in the Middle East

Are European governments making the right choices in the Syria and Iraq? The choices that are currently made may very well backlash in the future. ICCT Associate Fellow Peter Knoope discusses the potentially long term involvement of Europe in the complex conflict in Syria and Iraq. Foreign fighters, the Islamic State, the political position of the Kurds and the support that is given to them, constitute difficult dilemmas for European governments. 

Commentary | 9 October 2014

Testing the Validity of US Self-Defence Arguments against the Khorasan Group in Syria

In this commentary, Christophe Paulussen and Kinga Tibori Szabó test the validity of the specific US self-defence arguments against the Khorasan group in Syria, examining both Article 51 of the UN Charter and customary international law on this issue. In addition, the controversial unwilling or unable criterion is critically reviewed.   

Commentary | 3 October 2014

The New Security Council Resolution 2178 on Foreign Terrorist Fighters: A Missed Opportunity for a Holistic Approach

In this commentary, ICCT Research Fellow Bibi van Ginkel reviews the new Security Council Resolution 2178 on foreign terrorist fighters. The resolution aims to address both preventative and repressive measures, however, van Ginkel states that this Resolution fails to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, as outlined in Pillar I of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and regards the Resolution therefore as a missed opportunity for a holistic approach.  

Meeting Note | 23 September 2014

Developing Effective Counter-Narrative Frameworks for Countering Violent Extremism

The Islamic State (IS), with its violent attacks, strong uprise and even stronger media campaign, shows the need for an effective counter-narrative strategy to prevent the spread of violent extremism and radicalisation. To address these issues, Hedayah and ICCT organised a roundtable meeting on 'Developing Effective Counter-Narrative Frameworks For Countering Violent Extremism', teh general outcomes of which are described in this Meeting Note.

Research Paper | 6 August 2014

Transitioning from Military Interventions to a Long-Term Counter-Terrorism Policy

The past two decades have shown that it is arguably easier to start a military intervention than to end one. In this Research Paper ICCT Research Fellow Mr. Sergei Boeke looks at exit strategies from a counter-terrorism perspective, focussing on the link between the end of military interventions and the establishment and implementation of a long term counter-terrorism strategy.