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The Crime-Terror Nexus

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 the perpetrators purchasing weapons from the black market or using criminal means to finance their activities.

Moreover, a significant number of the attackers have had criminal pasts themselves, allowing them to develop ‘skills’ that are applicable to jihadist terrorism.

This project hopes to develop a better understanding of the crime-terror nexus by:

  • Cataloguing and coding the criminal backgrounds of European jihadists to evaluate how involvement in criminal activity affects the process of radicalisation;
  • Analysing how criminal techniques have been utilised to finance jihadist activities;
  • Researching the role of prisons as places of radicalisation and ‘networking’ between criminals and extremists.

This project also explores the relationship between drugs and terrorism, focusing on Europe since 2012. The results were also published in conjunction with Europol and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Awareness (EMCDDA), in their flagship Europe Drug Market Report 2019.

Recent Policy Reports

  • Dec032021

    ICSR & CST Report Launch – “We are Generation Terror!”: Youth-on-youth Radicalisation in Extreme-right Youth Groups, December 14th

    Where: Online When: Tuesday December 14th, 5pm GMT / 12pm EST With the increasing number of teenage…

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  • Dec012021

    GNET Report Launch – A Comparative Analysis of Three Online Reactionary Meme Subcultures, December 13th

    Where: Online When: Monday December 13th, 5pm GMT / 12pm EST The Global Network on Extremism and…

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  • Nov252021

    ICSR Event – ISIS and the Crime-Terror Nexus in America: A Counterpoint to Europe, December 7th

    Where: Online When: Tuesday December 7th, 5.30pm GMT / 12.30pm EST This event explores the nexus between…

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