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ICCT Annual Conference 2024 "Houston, we have a problem": Counter-Terrorism in the Age of Uncertainty


On Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) organises the Annual Conference, under the overarching theme: “Houston we have a problem”: Counter-Terrorism in the Age of Uncertainty. The Conference will take place at Beeld and Geluid in The Hague. 

Within the last years, the world has witnessed increasingly diversifying patterns of extremism and terrorism. In order to develop durable counter-measures, we ask which of these current trends and phenomena will stay or become even more relevant within the next electoral cycle. Painting scenarios of how these trends and phenomena will develop within the next few years can help to identify strategies to counter them while upholding the rule of law. By bringing together a mix of key CT and P/CVE practitioners, policy-makers, and international scholars, we hope to explore these pressing developments in depth throughout the two-day conference.



Day 1, Tuesday 28 May, 13:30-18:00 

We will kick off with a Plenary Campfire Session, where the following speakers will discuss the overarching theme of the Annual Conference:

Hans-Jakob Schindler has wide international experience in diplomacy, intelligence and security. He joined the ISIL (Da’esh), al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Monitoring Team at the beginning of 2013 and was appointed Coordinator in July 2015. Hans leads and coordinates the global work of the Monitoring Team for both the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida as well as the 1988 Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council. He manages and shapes the reporting concerning the development of the global terrorism threat to the members of the Security Council and regular updates on the status of the European nationals and entities on the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.

Jonathan Hall is an independent barrister based in London, appointed by the Home Secretary as the UK’s fourth Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation in 2019. In 2024 he was in addition appointed as the UK’s first Independent Reviewer of State Threats Legislation. He has published 5 annual reports on UK terrorism legislation, freestanding reports on how prisons and probation should manage terrorist risk offenders, and numerous papers on current terrorism issues such as terrorism and protests, and the position of former British residents who went to fight for Islamic State/Da'esh. He is currently focussing in particular on the impact of AI and Large Language Models, and the issue of foreign interference.

Liesbeth van der Heide works at the Municipality of The Hague, coordinating the approach to Prevention, Polarisation and Radicalisation. Additionally, she is an assistant professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), Leiden University in the field of terrorism and counter-terrorism and the rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders in and after prison. Finally, she is an  Associate Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT).

Then a second Plenary Session follows on “New Technologies in (Counter-)Terrorism”, with the following speakers: 

Jannis Jost - Institut für Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Kiel gGmbH (ISPK)

Stephan Baele -University Exeter

Day 2, Wednesday 29 May, 9:00-18:00

We will host four workshops on distinct but related topics, namely the Rising Threat of State-Terrorism emanating from outside European Borders, Monitoring and Evaluation of Counter-Terrorism Programmes, Shrinking Support for P/CVE, and Transnational Repression. 

The Introductory Remarks and the Plenary Sessions on day 1 will be open to a public audience (both in-person and online) to encourage the conversation and address questions of public interest.  The workshop sessions on day 2 are invitation only for a select group of researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners. They will take place behind closed doors, under the Chatham House Rule.


Registration to attend the hybrid Plenary Sessions on Day 1 are now open.

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