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April 2018, Newsletter no. 82
Welcome to ICCT's April Newsletter. Scroll down for an overview of last month's publications, events, and media updates. To find out more information about our work, visit our website

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Cut From The Same Cloth? Lone Actor Terrorists Versus Common Homicide Offenders 
Research Paper | 10 April 2018
In this Research Paper, Marieke Liem et al. provide a bivariate analysis of lone actor terrorists and common homicide offenders. Liem et al's findings problematise the classification of lone actors as an entity fundamentally different from the sample of single homicide offenders and call for future in-depth assessments of possible differences in homicidal drive.
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"In Mali, the current situation is affected by various factors, ranging from the influence of regional geo-political dynamics, to the presence of armed groups..."

-ICCT Visiting Fellow, Elena Dal Santo in "Mali: Is it All About Terrorism?"
The Homecoming of Foreign Fighters in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium: Policies and Challenges
Perspective | 11 April 2018
In this Perspective, Rik Coolsaet and Thomas Renard comment on the risks posed by returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters, and examine how Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands have attempted to address these risks.
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Mali: Is It All About Terrorism?
Perspective | 17 April 2018
In this Perspective, ICCT Visiting Fellow Elena Dal Santo expands our understanding of the multiple (and often overlooked) factors underlying conflict and instability in Mali. 
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Do We Really Understand What the Comprehensive Approach is All About in Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Radicalisation?
Perspective | 25 April 2018
In this Perspective, ICCT Research Fellow Stef Wittendorp examines recent developments in the "comprehensive" approaches to counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation that have been adopted in many European countries.   
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In the Media

Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide’s Penal Reform International Blog
Penal Reform International | 4 April 2018
What does taking ideology seriously in counter-terrorism strategies mean? In this expert blog for Penal Reform International, Research Fellow Liesbeth van der Heide looks at the role ideology plays in the passage to violent extremism.
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Alastair Reed and Haroro Ingram’s VoxPol Blog: Reverse-Engineering the ISIS Playbook, Part I
VoxPol | 18 April 2018
In their VoxPol blog series, Haroro Ingram and Alastair Reed analyse the propaganda strategies used in ISIS’s English-language magazines. Based on Dr. Ingram’s ICCT Research Paper, part one of the series looks at the implications of these strategies for CT-CVE practitioners.
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Fellow Colin P. Clarke's Foreign Policy Op-Ed: Turkey's Double ISIS Standard
Foreign Policy | 12 April 2018
In this Foreign Policy piece, ICCT Fellow Colin P. Clarke explains how Ankara’s actions contradict its claims of opposing Islamic State.
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Events
This summer, ICCT will lend it's expertise to two Summer Programmes; the Advanced Summer Programme on Preventing Violent Extremism co-organised with Leiden University and the Advanved Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism within a Rule of Law Framework.  The programmes, designed to be complementary can be booked together for a discounted price of €2995. For more information click here.
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Action Agenda on Violent Extremist Offenders in Prison in Mali
Report | 27 November 2017
In this Report, Liesbeth van der Heide and Elena Dal Santo discuss the background of the conflict in Mali as well as some of the issues faced in Mali with regards to violent extremist offenders in prison.
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Extremist Construction of Identity: How Escalating Demands for Legitimacy Shape and Define In-Group and Out-Group Dynamics
Research Paper | 21 April 2017 
In this Research Paper, ICCT Fellow J.M Berger examines how the white supremacist movement Christian Identity emerged from a non-extremist forerunner known as British Israelism. By examining ideological shifts over the course of nearly a century, the paper seeks to identify key pivot points in the movement’s shift toward extremism and explain the process through which extremist ideologues construct and define in-group and out-group identities. 
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