Commentary and analysis

“Wat moeten we nu met statistieken over terroristische aanslagen?”, Joop.nl, 2017.

“Lone terrorist attacks are impossible to prevent. Or are they?”, Aspenia Online, 2017.

“Het islamitische geloof is niet de drijfveer van jihadisten”, Joop.nl, 2017.

“Partijprogramma’s verraden grote onkunde over veiligheid en defensie”, met Dieuwertje Kuijpers, Follow the Money, 2017.

“Leadership elimination and the challenge of degrading the Islamic State”, Aspenia Online, 2016.

“The Islamic State’s terror tactics: no reason for panic”, Aspenia Online, 2016.

“Scorebordjournalistiek over Islamitische Staat verbloemt de realiteit”, OneWorld, 2016.

“The sorry state of counterterrorism in the Low Lands”, Limes, 2016, published in Italian as “l’Olanda non è il Belgio ma gli assomiglia troppo”.

“Performance art van Salah Abdeslam, problemen van het veiligheidsapparaat”, The Post Online, 2016.

“Terrorisme als communicatiemiddel: jihadisten zenden een boodschap, maar luisteren we wel goed?”, Medium Magazine, 2016 (herplaatst door de Moslimkrant).

“Hollande maakt een grote fout”, The Post Online, 2015.

“Wat Al-Sishani van de Nederlandse jihad-verdachten in de Context-zaak zou vinden”, The Post Online, 2015.

“Je kunt heel goed gek en tegelijkertijd terrorist zijn”, The Post Online, 2015.

“Luchtaanvallen zullen IS niet op de knieën krijgen”, Trouw, 2015.

“Intervention in Syria and Iraq is hopeless”, Atlantic Community, 2015.

“Boston Bomber Tsarnaev laat zien dat we dogma’s moeten loslaten”, The Post Online, 2015.

“Liquidaties door VS van hooggeplaatste jihadisten niet meer dan speldenprikken”, The Post Online, 2015.

“We hebben niets meer aan de krijgsmacht”, The Post Online, 2015.

“Magere oogst van vier boeken over de Islamitische Staat”, The Post Online, 2015.

“Why the US and the UK are right in not paying ransoms to terrorists”, Aspenia Online, 2015.

Combined book review of ‘The jihadis return: the rise of ISIS and the new Sunni uprising’ by Patrick Cockburn and ‘The Islamist Phoenix: the Islamic State and the redrawing of the Middle East’ by Loretta Napoleoni, Perspectives on Terrorism, 2015.

“Kalm blijven of maatregelen nemen? Terrorismebestrijding na Charlie Hebdo”, Atlantisch Perspectief, 2015.

“US counterterrorism in Africa: low-profile, but risky”, Aspenia Online, 2015.

“Drones strikes and the sanitization of violence”, Foreign Policy in Focus, 2015.

“The iron laws of revolution and the failure of the Arab Spring”, Limes, 2015, with John C. Hulsman, published in Italian as “La legge ferrea delle revoluzioni”.

“Counterterrorism after Charlie Hebdo: change course or stay calm?”, Aspenia Online, 2015

“Jihadistische ‘lone wolves’ kunnen er vaak helemaal niets van”, The Post Online, 2014.

“How proponents of NSA’s digital surveillance have won – for now”, Aspenia Online, 2014.

“China’s counterterrorism policy – and why the Chinese will not confront the Islamic State”, Aspenia Online, 2014.

“Harde maatregelen tegen terrorisme: zinvol of riskant?”, OneWorld, 2014.

“Wreedheid van Islamitische Staat is doel op zich geworden”, The Post Online, 2014.

“Noord Korea is niet geheimzinnig – het is gewoon wat het lijkt”, The Post Online, 2014.

“No more dealing with the North Korean regime – and preparing for what’s next”, Aspenia Online, 2014.

“The Islamic State may win battles, but will they win the war?”, Aspenia Online, 2014.

“Als NSA-methoden geen resultaat opleveren, worden burgerrechten voor niets op het spel gezet”, De Morgen, 2014

“Geopolitieke crises laten zien: nut van omstreden spionage valt tegen”, De Volkskrant, 2014.

“The devil in the details: British intelligence and the futility of mass data collection”, Limes, 2014, published in Italian as “Se James Bond no ha dubbi, Londra è in pericolo”.

“De overheid kan niet alle onheil uitbannen, ook niet als het om terrorisme gaat”, The Post Online, 2014.

“ISIS rukt op, maar gaat de islamitische staat standhouden?”, De Volkskrant, 2014.

“De jihadreiziger is niet geïnteresseerd in aanslagen in Nederland”, De Volkskrant, 2014.

“Western foreign fighters in Syria: what they really want”, Aspenia Online, 2014.

“Terroristen zijn helemaal niet in staat om een aanslag met kernwapens te plegen”, De Volkskrant, 2014.

“La Repubblica popolare e la sua guerra al terrore” (Italian translation of a piece called “The People’s Republic and its war on terror”), Aspenia, 2014.

“The perils of ‘doing something’”, Limes, 2013, with John C. Hulsman, published in Italian as “Prigionieri del ‘fa’ qualcosa’”.

“The US drone program: still the only game in town”, Aspenia Online, 2013.

“The NSA isn’t foiling terrorist plots”, Foreign Policy in Focus, 2013.

“Al Qaeda’s resurgence? Putting the threat back into perspective”, Aspenia Online, 2013.

“Sporters arrogant? Opgeblazen zelfbeeld is nodig voor grootse daden”, De Volkskrant, 2013.

“Gezonde scepsis tegen terreurdreiging is toegestaan”, De Morgen, 2013, paper version only.

“Spionnen op drift in Brussel”, De Morgen, 2013.

“Why we should not trust the US government on digital surveillance – yet”, Aspenia Online, 2013.

“Manhunts in the digital age: what we can learn from the Boston Bombings”, Aspenia Online, 2013.

“Zo’n Belkacem in de boeien slaan, wat heb je daaraan?”, De Morgen, 2013.

“Nederlandse tips voor Belgische terreuraanpak”, De Morgen, 2013.

“Foreign fighters in Syria: a terrorist threat to Europe?”, Aspenia Online, 2013.

“Een jihadist die terugkeert uit Syrië is niet opeens een competente terrorist”, De Volkskrant, 2013.

“Mexico between take-off and collapse – and America’s dilemma”, Aspenia Online, 2013, with John C. Hulsman.

“Monnet’s last stand: the Dutch canary in the coalmine points out the obvious limits of the German austerity project”, Limes, no. 4, 2012, with John C. Hulsman, published in Italian as “Custer, Monnet e il trionfo dell’ autoinganno”.

“The US and the covert war against Iran: not perfect, but an option”, Aspenia Online, 2012.

“The Toulouse shootings and the decline of jihadist terrorism in Europe”, Aspenia Online, 2012.

“The Naxalite insurgency in India: no end in sight”, Aspenia Online, 2012.

“An insurgency overlooked: India and the Naxalites”, Small Wars Journal Blog, 2011, with Philipp Reichert.

“Look before you leap: the Naxalite insurgency and the promise of India”, Limes, no. 6, 2011, with John C. Hulsman, published in Italian as “L’India ci salverà, anzi no”.

“Spanish democracy and ETA’s long decline”, Aspenia Online, 2011.

“Urban black holes: the changing face of state failure”, Small Wars Journal Blog, 2011.

“The terrorist threat from the extreme right”, Aspenia Online, 2011.

“Why negotiating with the Taliban is a really bad idea”, The National Interest Online, 2011.

“The haunting of America: the devastating political legacy of Osama bin Laden”, i Classici di Limes, no. 1, 2011, with John C. Hulsman, published in Italian as “La rivincita postuma del nemico numero uno”.