The European jihadism wave of the 2010s: Lessons and prospects

The mid-2010s saw historically unprecedented levels of jihadi activity in Europe, with thousands of foreign fighter departures and hundreds of people killed in terrorist attacks on European soil. Now that the activity level is receding, we can start taking stock of what happened. Join us for a lecture by Thomas Hegghammer on the causes, evolution, and revival prospects of the latest jihadism wave. This event is chaired by Julian Wucherpfennig (Hertie School). It is a continuation of the lecture series 'Frontline research on terrorism' at the Centre for International Security Policy at the Hertie School.


Thomas Hegghammer is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo. Trained in Middle East Studies at Oxford University and Sciences-Po in Paris, he has held fellowships at Harvard, Princeton, New York, and Stanford Universities, and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has worked on militant Islamism since before 9/11 and has published extensively on a variety of jihadism-related topics. His most recent books are Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists (Cambridge, 2017) and The Caravan: Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad (Cambridge, forthcoming). (Photo credit: Christian Vinculado Tandberg/FFI)


Julian Wucherpfennig is Assistant Professor of International Affairs and Security at the Hertie School. His research focuses on the strategic nature of political violence and conflict processes, especially ethnic civil war and terrorism. He has been an Assistant Professor and Programme Director for Security Studies at University College London, and a postdoctoral research fellow at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, from where he holds a PhD (2011) and an MA (2008) in political science. He has also been a Research Associate at the Gallup Organisation Europe. His PhD on ethnic conflict was awarded the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize.