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Dr. Rajan Basra

Dr. Rajan Basra

Senior 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 Security Council, the European Council, and the European Parliament.

He completed his PhD in War Studies at King’s College London, for which he was awarded a 2021 King’s Outstanding Thesis Prize. Basra holds an MA in Terrorism, Security, and Society from King’s College London, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Warwick.


  • ‘Prisons and Terrorism: Extremist Offender Management in 10 European Countries’ (London: ICSR, 2020) (co-author with Peter R. Neumann); available here.
  • ‘Extremist Offender Management in England and Wales’ (London: ICSR, 2020); available here.
  • ‘The YouTube Browsing Habits of a Lone Actor Terrorist’, Global Network on Extremism & Technology (GNET); available here.
  • ‘Les jihadistes européens et le Nexus criminalité-terrorism’, in Bernard Rougier (ed.), Les Territoires Conquis de L’Islamisme (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2020) (co-author with Peter R. Neumann); available here.
  • ‘Drugs and Terrorism: The Overlaps in Europe’ (London: ICSR, 2019); available here.
  • ‘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); available here.
  • ‘Terrorist Financing Since 9/11’, in David Martin Jones (ed.), Handbook on Terrorism and Insurgency Post 9/11 (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2019), pp. 79-91 (with John Holland-McCowan); available here.
  • ‘Islamic State Propaganda and Attacks: How Are They Connected?’, Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 13, Issue 5, 2019, pp. 39-60 (with Nate Rosenblatt and Charlie Winter); available here.
  • ‘How the Synagogue Shooting in Germany Fits Into a Global Pattern of Far-Right Terrorism’, TIME Magazine, 10 October 2019 (with Blyth Crawford and Florence Keen); available here.
  • ‘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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