• Research and analysis
  • Writing and editing

New articles and interviews.

In the last couple of weeks, I published articles about drones, counterterrorism in Africa and terrorist hostages, as well as two book reviews about books on the Islamic State. Also, I gave several interviews, including one about the attacks in Copenhagen and one about Rotterdam mayor Aboutaleb’s role at the anti-radicalisation summit in Washington. To learn more, please […]

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Charlie Hebdo.

Several Dutch media have contacted me to talk about the terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo. You can find the interviews on the ‘media appearances‘ section of this site. I’m also working my impressions of the attacks and the response into an article that will be published by Aspenia Online some time next week.

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PhD defence.

On 18 November I successfully defended my PhD-dissertation about counterterrorism effectiveness at Leiden University, which means that I can finally share my magnum opus with the rest of the world. The entire work as well as the individual chapters are available here. Also, there has been some Dutch media attention for my PhD research. See the media […]

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New article for Aspenia Online.

I recently wrote an article on North Korea for Aspenia Online. I argued that there is no point in trying to get the North Korean regime to abandon their nuclear ambitions. They have nothing to gain from a solution, because need the crisis atmosphere to wring concessions from the US and to maintain the sense of embattlement that is the cornerstone of […]

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