Eelco Kessels is Programme Manager of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. In this capacity, he coordinates the various research projects and activities of ICCT – The Hague, and plays a central role in the centre's development and acquisition of new initiatives and training modules. From 2008-2010, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Terrorism & Counterterrorism at the Campus The Hague of Leiden University. Previously, he has worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence in London.
Eelco received his MA (with Distinction) in International Peace and Security from King’s College London, following a BA (cum Laude) in International Law and Conflict Studies at University College Utrecht. His areas of interest include international peace and security issues, radicalisation, counter-terrorism, and the detention and rehabilitation of violent extremist offenders.
Leiden University's Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (that hosts the Leiden Safety and Security Blog) is one of the three contributing institutions that form the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague.
- Thinking before Leaping: The Need for More and Structural Data Analysis in Detention and Rehabilitation of Extremist Offenders (2013)
- The OSCE's efforts to counter violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism: A comprehensive approach addressing root causes? (2012)
- Countering Violent Extremist Narratives (2010)
- Geschiedenis, Recente Ontwikkelingen en Organisatie van de RID-en (2010)
- Prison Radicalisation in the Netherlands: Not a Captivating Problem (2010)