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Counterterrorism in a global perspective

Friday 26 November 2021
Online via MS Teams

The global war on terror following the 9/11 terror attacks led to a proliferation of counterterrorism laws and state policies across the world. Counter-terrorism policies are manifested in regimes of investigation, interrogation, detention, and surveillance on a global scale and everyday public life across these sites. Counterterrorism has thus become both a global, national, and local phenomenon. With the upsurge of right-wing populist ideologies in the global South, counterterrorism policies have become all-pervasive in public life. 

This virtual one-day workshop aims to bring together scholars studying counterterrorism in the global North and the global South to explore convergence and divergence in how counterterrorism policies function in a range of national and local contexts.

This project is funded by the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA), Leiden University and the Centre of Expertise on Global Governance, The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) 


Welcome by Tahir Abbas, Sylvia Bergh and Sagnik Dutta

Chair: Tahir Abbas


  • Dr Farooq Yousaf - Pashtuns, Nationalism and Violence: Colonial stereotypes in post-colonial Pakistan and the suppression of anti-war non-violent movements post-9/11

  • Alice Finden - Tracing the persistence and fragmentation of coloniality within contemporary pre-criminal tools

  • Lumbini Sharma - Policing Terrorist Propaganda: A study of Counter-terrorism policies in colonial Bengal (1908-1918)

  • Samwel Oando - The Invisible in Tackling Violent Extremism: Exclusion and Missing Voice of the African Women

Chair: Sagnik Dutta


  • Clyde A. Missier - Relationship between digital media, young adults, and online extremism, practical approaches to curb online and offline extremism 

  • Graig R. Klein - Comparative Counterterrorism: All for One, but NOT One for All

  • Ines Bolaños Somoano - It takes a village’: a collective securitisation model of Prevention in the European Union

  • Eviane Leidig - The spectre of the predatory Muslim male: Mapping far-right gendered imaginaries and counter-terrorism policies

Chair: Sagnik Dutta


  • Silvia D’Amato, Alice Martini, Ines Bolaños Somoano - On Blowback: Understanding terrorism & counterterrorism in a relational dynamic
  • Jeta Abazi Gashi - The terrorist is one of us. What can Vienna's (2020) example say about threats in the name of religion?
  • Yannick Veilleux-Lepage, Ayse Lokmanoglu, Alexandra Phelan - An Analysis of the Extreme Right and Islamic State Women’s Only Forum
  • Dr. Hafiz Aziz ur Rehman - Ritualism and Pakistan’s National Counterterrorism Narrative
  • Dean Smith- American Right-Wing Extremism: The Role of Conspiratorial Theories

Chair: Sylvia Bergh 


  • Sissel Haugdal Jore - Discourses and material practices on counterterrorism and urban security before and after the bomb in the Norwegian Government Quarters on 22. of July 2011
  • Amna Kaleem - The international is personal – situating the individual in the transversality of P/CVE 
  • Niyousha Bastani - Counter-Extremism as initiation
  • Nicholas Chan - ‘Islamised’ Counterterrorism: An Anthropology of Security in Malaysia
  • Marine Guéguin - Terrorism as an unprecedented and long-term threat to national security poses by an ‘Other’: the securitization and crystallization of exceptional extraordinary powers in France
  • Naved Bakali, Barbara Perry - Securitisation of Muslims in Canada’s counterterrorism policies and the racialised, colonial logics of the same - global convergence in counterterror policies? Legacies of colonialism?


This event is free and open to all. Please regsiter via this teams link.

Organised by

  • Dr. Tahir Abbas
    Associate Professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University
  • Dr. Sagnik Dutta
    Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School
  • Dr. Sylvia Bergh
    Associate professor, International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University
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