Understanding Violent Radicalisation: Terrorist and Jihadist Movements in Europe

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Understanding Violent Radicalisation Terrorist and Jihadist Movements in Europe is a book edited by Magnus Ranstorp and published by Routledge.


Introduction Magnus Ranstorp Part I: Understanding Radicalization as a Process 1. Background Contributing Factors to Terrorism: Radicalisation and Recruitment Rem Kortweg with Sajjan Gohel, Francois Heisbourg, Magnus Ranstorp, Rob de Wijk 2. Where does the radicalisation process lead? Radical Community, Radical Networks and Radical Subcultures Peter Waldmann, Matenia Sirseloudi, Stefan Malthaner 3. The Physiology of Al-Qaeda: From Ideology to Participation Christina Hellmich 4. Joining Jihadi Terrorist Cells in Europe – Exploring Motivational Aspects of Recruitment and Radicalization Petter Nesser Part II: Understanding Radicalization in Context 5. Radicalization and Recruitment in Europe: the UK Case Mark Huband 6. An Overview of Violent Jihad in the UK: Radicalisation and the State Response Lindsay Clutterbuck 7. Islamism, Radicalisation and Jihadism in the Netherlands: Main Developments and Counter Measures Edwin Bakker 8. The Jihadists and Anti-Terrorist Challenges in France: An Overview Jean-Luc Marret 9. Radicalization and Recruitment Among Jihadist Terrorists in Spain: Main Patterns and Subsequent Counterterrorist Measures Rogelio Alonso 10. Salafi-Jihadi Terrorism in Italy Carl Björkman[1]


  • Rogelio Alonso is an Associate Professor in Politics and Security Studies at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid. From 1994 to 2004 he held various positions in UK academic institutions at the University of Ulster in Belfast and as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research, as well as at the Institute of Irish Studies, both at the Queen’s University Belfast. His most recent book, The IRA and Armed Struggle, which is based on the widest sample of personal interviews with former IRA members ever carried, was published by Routledge in 2007. He is book review editor for the journal Democracy and Security and is a member of the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Terrorism and Political Violence. He is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Violent Radicalisation.
  • Edwin Bakker is the Head of Clingendael Security and Conflict Programme in the Netherlands where he leads research into non-conventional threats to international security, including terrorism and the proliferation of WMD. Edwin is on the editorial board of the Dutch journal Vrede & Veiligheid and member of the executive committee of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee.
  • Carl Björkman is Regional Manager for Europe and Central Asia at the World Economic Forum where he is responsible for developing the government engagement strategy, carrying out research on selected themes affecting the European economic, political and social agenda, and participates in the creation and coordination of the Forum’s initiatives for and in the region. He is also managing the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Europe. Carl has previously worked as a terrorism analyst with the United Nations and a programme officer for the European Commission where he focused on aid effectiveness, good governance and human rights issues
  • Lindsay Clutterbuck is Research Leader at RAND Europe focusing on research into terrorism and counterterrorism. He served for 22 years as a detective officer in the Specialist Operations Department at New Scotland Yard. During that period he was involved at all levels of counter-terrorism; from covert operations to the development of strategy and policy at a national level, and from contingency planning to the planning and delivery of multi-agency exercises. He has contributed articles to academic journals and chapters to books, encompassing both historical and contemporary aspects of terrorism and counter-terrorism.
  • Christina Hellmich is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading with teaching experience in Oxford and the United States. She is a specialist in Middle East politics with a particular research interest in Poltiical Islam, International Security and Global Health. During fieldwork in Iraq and the Yemen she has conducted extensive research into the role of Islamic preaching in the process of radicalisation as well as gender relations and women's health. Her recent publications focus on the ideology of Al-Qa'ida and the image of the Pan-Islamic ideal.
  • Mark Huband a co-founder of Livingstone & Company in 2008 which provides high-quality business intelligence and country research, with a primary focus on Africa and the Middle East. Previously he was the Security Correspondent of the Financial Times with responsibility to cover al-Qaeda and terrorism-related issues after the 9/11 attacks. He is the author of numerous books on Africa, Islam and intelligence issues.
  • Rem Kortweg is a policy analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands. From 2004 to 2008 he was a doctoral candidate at Leiden University, researching the dynamic of defense transformation in response to changes in the international security environment. He has been a Fulbright scholar in Washington DC, a visiting fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a visiting fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris. He has published amongst others on the link between ungoverned territories and terrorism, as well as co-authored projects on radicalization, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency doctrine.
  • Stefan Malthaner is a researcher at Institut für interdisziplinäre Konflikt- und Gewaltforschung, University of Bielefeld, Germany.
  • Jean-Luc Marret is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at John Hopkins University and a Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, the leading think tank on international security issues in France. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor of US Foreign Policy, Counter-Terrorism, and the Middle East at the Special Military School of Saint-Cyr (the French West-Point).
  • Petter Nesser is a Research Fellow at FFI's Terrorism Research Group in Norway. He has conducted extensive research on Jihadi terrorism in Western Europe (2003 onwards) while focusing on motivational factors, recruitment and radicalization processes.
  • Matenia Sirseloudi is research fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, IFSH, at the University of Hamburg. She graduated in sociology, psychology and communication science and and earned her doctorate at the University of Augsburg with a dissertation on the topic „The strategy of early warning on violent escalations". From 2005 to 2006 she was Marie Curie Fellow of INCORE, International Conflict Research, Centre of Excellence, at Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She has conducted independent research on terrorism and radicalisation, among others for the United Nations and the European Commission.
  • Peter Waldmann is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Augsburg, Germany, and a long time member of the advisory board of the German Ministry of Development.[2]

Publication details

Edited by Magnus Ranstorp
Series: Cass Series on Political Violence
List Price: $37.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-415-55630-9
  • Binding: Paperback (also available in Hardback)
  • Published by: Routledge
  • Publication Date: 25/11/2009
  • Pages: 256