Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism

Our work addresses the diverse and global nature of threats with research, programming and policy recommendations.




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We approach this multidimensional theme from various angles, with expertise across several teams and locations. Research projects focus on scanning and assessing the threat horizon, including the threat from the far right and lone actors. We also cover counter terrorism financing and terrorism in the media and online.

In addition, our work focuses on multiple large-scale assessments of the evidence base for efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism, including the need for a gender-related analytical approach and a deeper understanding of complex radicalisation processes. These research-based assessments are supplemented and reinforced through the implementation of several ongoing transnational programmes managed by RUSI.

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Our experts


Emily Winterbotham

Director, Terrorism and Conflict

Terrorism and Conflict

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Ed Arnold

Research Fellow, European Security

International Security

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Dr Antonio Giustozzi

Senior Research Fellow

Terrorism and Conflict

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Christopher Hockey

Research Fellow

RUSI Nairobi

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Michael Jones

Research Fellow

Terrorism and Conflict

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Tom Keatinge

Director, CFCS

Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

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Timothy Kimaiyo

Project Assistant

RUSI Nairobi

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Stephen Reimer

Associate Fellow

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Claudia Wallner

Research Fellow

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Dr Jessica White

Senior Research Fellow

Terrorism and Conflict

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Fellows


Galgallo Abagaro

Law Enforcement Project Manager

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Dr Lindsey Bell

Associate Fellow; Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol

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Dr Federico Borgonovo

Associate Fellow - Expert in Islamic terrorism and right-wing extremism

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Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE, KC

Distinguished Fellow

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Dr Tina Wilchen Christensen

Associate Fellow - Expert in mentorship-based approaches to reintegration, radicalisation and risk assessment

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Samuel Coates

Senior Associate Fellow

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The Lord Evans of Weardale KCB DL

Distinguished Fellow

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Dr Tobias Feakin

Senior Associate Fellow

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Matt Freear

Associate Fellow

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Dr Andrew Glazzard OBE

Senior Associate Fellow

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Dr Alexander Gilder

Associate Fellow

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Adam Hadley

Senior Associate Fellow, Founder and Executive Director of Tech Against Terrorism

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Professor Stig Jarle Hansen

Senior Associate Fellow - Expert in Islamism in the Horn of Africa and the Al-Shabaab group

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Alistair Harris OBE

Associate Fellow

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Air Vice-Marshal (Ret’d) Mike Hart CBE

Senior Associate Fellow

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Dr H A Hellyer

Senior Associate Fellow

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The Lord Hogan-Howe QPM

Distinguished Fellow

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Georgia Holmer

Senior Associate Fellow

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Will Jessett CBE

Senior Associate Fellow

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Dr James Khalil

Associate Fellow

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Dr Daniel Koehler

Associate Fellow

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Dr Suraj Lakhani

Associate Fellow

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Galen Lamphere-Englund

Associate Fellow

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Clovis Meath Baker CMG OBE

Associate Fellow

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Dr Sarah Marsden

Associate Fellow

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Luniya Msuku

Associate Fellow

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Professor Peter Neumann

Senior Associate Fellow

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Dr Julie Norman

Senior Associate Fellow

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Dr Michael Nwankpa

Associate Fellow; Founding Director/Director of Research at the Centre for African Conflict and Development, London

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Sir David Omand GCB

Distinguished Fellow; Visiting Professor in the War Studies Department, KCL

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Raffaello Pantucci

Senior Associate Fellow

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The Lord Parker of Minsmere GCVO KCB

Distinguished Fellow

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Dr Imogen Parsons

Former Senior Research Fellow

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Elizabeth Pearson

Associate Fellow

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Dr Alastair Reed

Associate Fellow

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Eric Rosand

Senior Associate Fellow

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Sir Mark Rowley

Distinguished Fellow

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Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE

Distinguished Fellow

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Dr Simon Staffell

Associate Fellow

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Dr Tessa Szyszkowitz

Distinguished Fellow

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Sir Rob Wainwright KCMG

Distinguished Fellow

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Richard Walton

Distinguished Fellow

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Tim Willasey-Wilsey CMG

Senior Associate Fellow

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Martine Zeuthen

Associate Fellow - Quality Assurance

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Extremism and Terrorism Programme

Counterterrorism Policy Programme

CT and P/CVE Programmatic Learning Programme

Projects

Conflict and Islamist Violent Extremism

Counterterrorism and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Training

Counter-Terrorism, Monitoring, Reporting and Support Mechanism (CT MORSE)

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Covid-19 and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism

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Different Cities, Shared Stories: Gender and Violent Extremism

European Union Thematic Training on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Evaluating Security Interventions in Public Locations

Extremism and Gaming

Far-Right Extremism and the Security Forces

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Foreign Fighters and Family Members in Syria

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Gender in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Global Far-Right Threat and Response Mapping

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Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology

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Improving the Evaluation of Interventions to Counter and Prevent Terrorism an...

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Lone-Actor Terrorism

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Misogyny, Hostile Beliefs and the Transmission of Extremism

Networks and Social Norms in Kenya's VE and CVE Landscape

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Permissive Environments for Far-Right and Islamist Radicalisation

Prevention Project

Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Policy Support

Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Policy Support - Western Balkans

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Review of CT and P/CVE Activity Effectiveness

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Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) Horn of Africa

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Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) II Kenya

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Terrorism and the Media

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