De Roy van Zuijdewijn gave a speech during Meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh (IS)
Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn was invited to give the subject matter expert speech during the plenary meeting of the working groups of the Global Coalition against Daesh in Copenhagen on 28 January 2020.
She represented the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). Her speech focused on how societies are coping with terrorism. De Roy van Zuijdewijn made a plea for integrating resilience as an integral part of counterterrorism strategies.
The Global Coalition against Daesh was formed in September 2014 and is unique in its membership, scope and commitment. Together, the Global Coalition is committed to degrading and ultimately defeating Daesh. Beyond the military campaign in Iraq and Syria, the Coalition is committed to: tackling Daesh’s financing and economic infrastructure; preventing the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across borders; supporting stabilisation and the restoration of essential public services to areas liberated from Daesh; and countering the group’s propaganda.
During the subject matter expert speech, De Roy van Zuijdewijn presented her research on how societies are coping with terrorist attacks, zooming in on the experience of four European countries – Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom – in response to jihadist attacks in the period 2016-2018. What can we learn from the various initiatives by citizens and authorities in the first year after an attack, especially in the context of existing knowledge on the importance of resilience? Authorities should try to facilitate and encourage the resilience of communities by supporting individuals and local communities, trusting them to take the lead.