Dr. Alastair Reed served as ICCT's Acting Director from 2016 - 2018. Dr Reed joined ICCT and Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs in the autumn of 2014 as a Research Coordinator and a Research Fellow at ICCT. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, where he completed his doctorate on research focused on understanding the processes of escalation and de-escalation in Ethnic Separatist conflicts in India and the Philippines. His main areas of interest are Terrorism and Insurgency, Conflict Analysis, Conflict Resolution, Military and Political Strategy, and International Relations, in particular with a regional focus on South Asia and South-East Asia. His current research projects address the foreign-fighter phenomenon, focusing on motivation and the use of strategic communications.