After the conference Ondermijning & Georganiseerde Criminaliteit (Submining & Organised Crime), the security hosts and spotters of IPSU B.V. were responsible for both the visible and non-visible security measures during the Radicalisation & Terrorism conference for the second year in a row. The congress was again held at The Hague Security Delta (HSD) in The Hague.
The congress Radicalisation & Terrorism was opened by chairman Richard Franken, director of Van Aetsveld, former director of The Hague Security Delta, Trigion and Hoffmann Bedrijfsrecherche. He then gave the floor to Anne Chris Vissers, counterterrorism policy advisor at the United Nations, where states cooperate in the field of international law, global security and human rights. In her contribution she discussed the most important trends and developments in the field of radicalisation and terrorism in relation to national and international security. Extreme ideas, for example, are increasingly regarded as 'normal' and people who adhere to radical beliefs can easily travel around and be guilty of abuses.
The United Nations warns that international terror violence is not yet at an end. There would only be a pause. There may be another wave of attacks. There are concerns about thousands of foreigners who have travelled to the caliphate to fight and who may still be alive. Some are joining al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups. The United Nations bases this on information from intelligence and security services of its Member States. A major source of concern is the radicalisation of imprisoned terrorists who suffer from poverty, marginalisation, frustration, low self-esteem and violence. Another challenge is the release of the first wave of captured terrorists who have returned from the Caliphate. Deradicalisation programmes for this target group have not proven to be fully effective. The most hardened fighters are not released yet, but remain dangerous inside and outside the prison.