The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) is a world-class and internationally acclaimed academic research centre based in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. With a full-time team of fourteen, the centre undertakes mixed-methods research on a range of contemporary issues relating to international security and terrorism.
Working in a collegiate and interdisciplinary environment, our analysts conduct research in sixteen languages. As a result, they are often among the first to discover new trends, identify patterns, and have harnessed the capacity of ‘big data’ to.
Our research is evidence-led, underwritten by rigorous academic methods, and is developed with both government and industry in mind. As a result, our findings always have a sharp policy focus, allowing practitioners to better understand the impact of academic findings and how these can be implemented.
Foreign Fighters and the Returnee Threat
ICSR has developed some of the most sophisticated open-source methods used by academics today to better understand the origins, role and involvement of the foreign fighters participating in the Syrian confict.Learn More
Islamist and Jihadist Non-State Actor Governance in the Arab World
This expansive project has been designed to trace and describe the challenges to power, politics, and governance posed by these key Islamist groups, particularly since 2011.Learn More
The Women and Minors of Islamic State
At its peak, Islamic State governed over 11 million people in Syria and Iraq in a territory that once exceeded the size of the United Kingdom. Among these millions were an estimated 41,490 men, women and minors, who travelled to, or were born into, the Islamic State project.Learn More
Following the rise of militant groups across Iraq and the Levant and the associated wave of Islamist-inspired terrorism in Europe, the issue of terrorist financing has never been more pressing.Learn More
The Crime-Terror Nexus
Many of the jihadist terrorist attacks that have hit Europe in recent years, leaving hundreds dead and many more injured, had some sort of overlap with the criminal world with a significant number of attackers having criminal pasts.Learn More
Syria’s Kurds and the Syrian Civil War
This project explores the role of the Kurds in the war against Islamic State, as well as their participation in the broader Syrian conflict. The main actors being studied are the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).Learn More
Extremism, Terrorism and Strategic Communication
Jihadist propaganda has never been more salient but its motivations and impact are often misunderstood. This research examines online and offline public diplomacy efforts from the likes of the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Syria.Learn More
The Religious Foundations of Political Violence
Building on a longstanding academic partnership, TRENDS Research & Advisory and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), have launched a major new project to examine the religious foundations of political violence.Learn More