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The Dutch Jihadist Foreign Terrorist Fighter Monitor

November 17th 2017 - 09:00

Since the violent escalation of the Syrian conflict in late 2011, estimates suggest that between 25,000 and 30,000 foreign fighters have been flocking to Syria and Iraq. In the Netherlands, approximately 280 nationals joined jihadist forces since late 2012. What are the backgrounds of these men and women? The Jihadist FTF Monitor attempts to systematically assess the backgrounds of jihadist foreign terrorist fighters that have travelled to Syria and Iraq, allowing researchers to conduct comparative analysis of the phenomenon. 

Access the monitor here or click on the infographic below.

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Reinier Bergema is a junior analyst at HCSS. He holds a dual Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) and Public Administration (Crisis and Security Management), both from Leiden University. His research focus includes, inter alia, radicalization, (jihadist) foreign fighters, and terrorism.

Hannes Rõõs is a data scientist at HCSS. He has a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Tartu and also holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and Sociology from the same university. In addition, he studied at the University of Oslo and the University of Mannheim for a total of three semesters. Prior to HCSS, Hannes worked as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Tartu and the associated Centre of Excellence for Strategic Sustainability.