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  • France and the state of emergency: moving in the wrong direction

    France and the state of emergency: moving in the wrong direction

    Tom Bollemeijer, Friso van de Pol | | 3
    After the 2015 terrorist attacks the French government initiated numerous legislative projects, most notably the state of emergency. What impact have these legal changes had on French citizens? How do they relate to human rights and the rule of law?
  • How Jihadist Networks Operate

    How Jihadist Networks Operate

    Jasper de Bie | | 0
    The recent terrorist attacks in Europe are presumably not just acts committed by individuals, but acts facilitated by larger jihadist networks. But how do such networks operate? Understanding their MO can be useful knowledge to counter terrorist threats.
  • How jihadists prepare their jihad

    How jihadists prepare their jihad

    Jasper de Bie | | 2
    The increased number of Dutch foreign fighters in recent years has drawn a lot of attention and created fears of a terrorist attack. However, the Netherlands has been dealing with foreign fighters for more than a decade. What can we learn from the past?
  • Living in a world of give and take

    Living in a world of give and take

    We tend to respond to the taking away behaviour of terrorists and criminals in general by taking away even more from them, and focus as a result on what we do not want in our world. Yet it is important to shift our focus to what we actually do want.
  • Freedom of Expression: What to do with it

    Freedom of Expression: What to do with it

    PEN America was wrong in praising Charlie Hebdo as a champion of freedom of expression. Exploiting outer limits of legal rights is not the same as responsible conduct within such limits. Why offend for (almost) nothing? Fight terrorism, do not provoke it.
  • An Embedded Freedom of Speech

    An Embedded Freedom of Speech

    The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo has put the freedom of speech back on the agenda. If we are serious about creating a world in which there is room for everybody, we have to rethink the content of this human right, so that it can help us forward.
  • The Constitution as window dressing

    The Constitution as window dressing

    Gwen van Eijk | | 1
    The Dutch government has proposed including the rule of law and the right to a fair trial in the Constitution. Recent policy proposals raise questions about the government’s commitment to these principles.
  • Radical Times, Concerning Measures?

    Radical Times, Concerning Measures?

    The arrests of three alleged jihadists sympathizing with IS are a cause of concern to the Dutch government. Yet, should we also be concerned about some of the newly proposed measures in the cabinet’s Action Plan against Jihadism?
  • Citizenship of Jihadists

    Citizenship of Jihadists

    Ambrogino G. Awesta | | 0
    The fresh breeze of the Arab spring is transforming into icy storms of horror in the West.
  • Crouching Dragon, Hidden Terrorist?

    Crouching Dragon, Hidden Terrorist?

    Melissa Leeworthy | | 0
    The rise of counter-terrorism legislation is a worldwide phenomenon. However, China is using their counter-terrorism measures differently, perhaps even as a tool to target political dissidents and ethnic minorities.
  • Cyber security new fashion

    Cyber security new fashion

    Cyber security is the new terrorism. What terrorism and counterterrorism was just after 9/11 is now cyber security and insecurity. It would be good for citizens, government and media to learn from our experiences with terrorism and counterterrorism.
  • Interpreting Radicalism

    Interpreting Radicalism

    Jasper de Bie | | 2
    We often assume we understand what terrorism and radicalism mean. Our interpretations and assumptions of these concepts are at the basis of what we criminalize and condemn. However, they are not always as clear-cut as we think.