The Need to Embrace Nuance and Diversity in the Fight Against Violent Extremism

Originally published by Reform Magazine February 2016. Original link here to abbreviated online version. Full version only available to subscribers (or on this blog).

For the last two years the international community has been transfixed on the rise of the terrorist group Daesh (also known as Islamic State, ISIS and ISIL). For Western communities there has been a particular focus on the seemingly shocking phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters and female migrants. It is estimated that over 5,000 Western European citizens have traveled hundreds of miles to join what we know to be a violent and brutal terrorist group. Yet despite the intense media focus and public discourse around this trend, there remain many misleading headlines and misunderstandings about processes of radicalisation and prevention. Continue reading

Islamic State: How foreigners are helped to reach Syria and Iraq

Originally Published by BBC News 24 February 2015. Original linked here.

Three girls from London travelled to Turkey, sparking international concerns they were en route to Syria to join Islamic State (IS). But what makes people want to travel to conflicts in foreign lands and how are they helped to get there? Continue reading

Islamic State: The Changing Face of Modern Jihadism

Report by Dr Erin Marie Saltman and Charlie Winter

This report was launched by Quilliam (November 2014). The link to the full report can be found here. The following is the Executive Summary to the report: Continue reading

Why are British women leaving the UK to join Isis in Iraq and Syria?

Originally Published by The Independent: 10 September 2014. Original linked here.

After reports of British women travelling to Syria to join Islamic State (IS), stories of female foreign fighters have been spreading like wildfire.In July of this year the story of the 16-year-old twins from Manchester, Salma and Zahra Halane, hit the headlines, detailing the girls’ journey into Turkey and across the Syrian border to join their brother, a suspected foreign fighter with IS.

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Addressing the Roots of Radicalisation

Originally Published by Progress Online: 8 September 2014. Original linked here.

As western powers discuss to what extent their military capacity should be used against Islamic State they are also having to face the reality of radicalisation processes taking place in their own countries. Continue reading

What is ISIS hoping its abhorrent beheading video will achieve?

Originally Published by CNN: 21 August 2014. Original linked here.

(CNN) — The recent video depicting the final words and beheading of U.S. journalist James Wright Foley by someone that seems to be a British foreign fighter has sent shockwaves across the West. The video has already been blocked multiple times from various video-sharing platforms, only to reappear as many times, something that once again emphasizes that the new frontline for counter-terrorist practitioners is online extremism.

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Ne limitons pas la liberté d’expression sur Internet

Originally Published by Le Monde: 18 July 2014. Original linked here.

Au cours des dernières semaines et mois, la crainte du développement du terrorisme en Syrie et en Irak, mais aussi en Europe, est devenue une préoccupation croissante. La peur de la prolifération de combattants étrangers qui peuvent retourner dans leur pays d’origine et le cibler en utilisant leurs nouvelles compétences est une réalité.

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