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Rajan Basra

Rajan Basra

Research Fellow

Rajan Basra studies the relationship between crime and terrorism. He focuses on the radicalisation of criminals, the use of criminal methods by terrorists, and the role of prisons in the crime-terror nexus and has presented his research at the United Nations and the European Parliament.

He is completing a PhD in War Studies at King’s College London, and holds an MA in Terrorism, Security, and Society from King’s College London, and an undergraduate degree in Politics from the University of Warwick.


  • ‘Terrorism and Drugs in Europe’, Background paper commissioned by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addictions (EMCDDA) for the 2019 EU Drug Markets Report (Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2019) (forthcoming).
  • ‘Islamic State Propaganda and Attacks: How are they Connected?’, Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 14, Issue 1 (with Nate Rosenblatt and Charlie Winter) (forthcoming).
  • ‘Terrorist Financing since 9/11’, in David Martin Jones (ed.), Handbook on Terrorism and Insurgency Post 9/11 (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019) (with John Holland-McCowan) (forthcoming).
  • ‘The New Crime-Terror Nexus in Europe’, in Andreas Gofas (ed.), Terrorism and European Security Governance (Florence: European University Institute, 2018) (with Peter R. Neumann); available here.
  • ‘Crime as Jihad: Developments in the Crime-Terror Nexus in Europe’, CTC Sentinel, Volume 10, Issue 9, 2017 pp. 1-6 (with Peter R. Neumann); available here.
  • ‘Caliphate in Decline: An Estimate of Islamic State’s Financial Fortunes’ (London: ICSR, 2017) (with Peter Neumann, John Holland McCowan, and Stefan Heißner); available here.
  • ‘Criminal Pasts, Terrorist Futures: European Jihadists and the New Crime-Terror Nexus’, Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 10, Issue 6, 2016, pp. 25-40 (with Peter R. Neumann); available here.
  • ‘Criminal Pasts, Terrorist Futures: European Jihadists and the New Crime-Terror Nexus’ (London: ICSR, 2016) (with Peter R. Neumann and Claudia Brunner); available here.

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