Reinier Bergema

Strategic Analyst

Reinier Bergema is strategic analyst at HCSS. He holds a dual Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) and Public Administration (Crisis and Security Management), both from Leiden University. His research focus includes, inter alia, radicalization, (jihadist) foreign fighters, and terrorism.

Reinier has conducted research on Dutch jihadist foreign fighters travelling to Syria and Iraq since the violent escalation of the conflict in 2011, combining both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Part of this research involved the development of a database, consisting of over 200 Dutch jihadists who remain(ed) in Syria and Iraq.

In addition to his involvement in a wide range of research projects, Reinier serves as the Internship Coordinator, being responsible for the HCSS Internship Program. Prior to HCSS, Reinier was a Research Assistant at the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism of Leiden University, The Hague. 

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