Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism

The Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism (CTC) of Leiden University – Faculty Campus The Hague – was established on 1 February 2007. Initially it primarily focused on research into terrorism, counterterrorism, political activism and radicalisation. Taking on board new developments in the field of security and crisis management, today the CTC focuses on a broader range of topics: from cyber security and ‘cyber terrorism’, to threat and crisis communication and crisis and security management. With this wide approach, the CTC aims to contribute to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach of the phenomenon of (counter)terrorism and new security issues. This wider domain of security issues is reflected in the The Leiden Safety and Security Blog -- http://leidensafetyandsecurityblog.nl.

Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Since the 9/11 attacks, combating terrorism has ranked high on the political agenda. This phenomenon is not new, but constantly in flux. Think of the use of social media, changing modus operandi, et cetera. The same goes for the attempts to counter terrorism and the impact it has on societies. Research into aspects of terrorism and counterterrorism has been conducted at several universities in the Netherlands , but mostly from a single discipline, such as political science, criminology or history. With a team of researchers from many different academic backgrounds, the CTC offers an interdisciplinary approach. Furthermore, research at the CTC is primarily policy-oriented and aims to provide an academic view on terrorism and counterterrorism to the different government services and institutes in the field of CT. Finally, the CTC plays a role in the public debate on (counter)terrorism and new security threats.

The CTC is an initiative by the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) and Leiden University – Faculty Campus The Hague.


  • Analysis (academic research)
  • Education
  • Policy advice
  • Public debate

The goals of the CTC in the field of analysis, education, policy advice and public debate are the following:

  • Achieving national and international acknowledgement of the CTC as an important centre for academic research into terrorism and counterterrorism and new security threats.
  • Providing a contribution to the effectiveness of policy and the quality of intelligence analysis.
  • Developing a public database for national and international research into terrorism and counterterrorism and new security threats.
  • Contributing to a nuanced public and political debate around the phenomena terrorism and counterterrorism and new security threats.
  • High-quality education at undergraduate and graduate level and offering modules for professionals.
  • Providing a library of academic publications in the field of terrorism, counterterrorism and radicalisation

Education for students and professionals

The CTC offers several different types of education for regular students and professionals. For more information, please see our course selection.


For an overview of the research conducted by the CTC see the research website.


The CTC currently does not have a post-doc or PhD programme. For general information on Leiden University PhD programmes please consult the PhD website.


The CTC offers students the opportunity to do an internship during spring and autumn. The spring period is from January to May, and the autumn period is from October to December. The content of the internship will depend on the current projects and the student’s research focus. To be eligible for an internship position with our Centre you will still have to be a student and an internship is part of your course curriculum.
Internship requests can be submitted up to four weeks before the start of the intended internship. Please send a letter of motivation and a CV to the following address:

Campus Den Haag
Postbus 13228
2501 EE Den Haag

Or via email.


The CTC has its own library in which books and other documentation related to terrorism and counterterrorism can be found.

Interested parties can get access to the collection by appointment. However, it is not possible to loan books. The library is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 until 17:00.

For further inquiries and/or making an appointment, please contact the Secretary’s Office via telephone (+31 (0)70 800 95 06) or e-mail.

How to contact the CTC?

Telephone: +31 (0) 708009506

P.O. Box 13228
2501 EE The Hague
The Netherlands

Visiting address
Koningin Julianaplein 10
2595 AA The Hague

Last Modified: 12-01-2016