On April 10, 2020, ISIS launched an attack in Homs, central Syria, killing at least 27 pro-government fighters. ISIS also took control of some neighborhoods in Al-Sukhna.
Dr. Magnus Ranstorp has been researching counterterrorism and CVE issues for almost thirty years. Previously he developed the world-renowned Centre for the Study of Terrorism & Political Violence at the University of St Andrews, which was founded in the mid-1990s. Dr Ranstorp was also the first author to seriously map out the Lebanese Hizbollah movement and its connection to international terrorism and relationship with Iran and Syria. Before and after the 9/11 attacks, he was consultant for CNN on terrorism issues. He was also invited to testify in the 9/11 Commission in its First Hearing in 2003.
Currently Dr. Ranstorp is Research Director at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish Defense University & Special Adviser of the EU Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN). RAN is a practitioner-led network of 7,000 practitioners working on CVE issues across the EU. Dr. Ranstorp guided the process of establishing RAN in September 2011 and has been an instrumental operational part of it since then.
Dr. Ranstorp has worked extensively on the issue of Foreign Terrorist Fighters and his recent publication on Swedish Foreign Fighters is based on a dataset of 267 FTFs out of 300 Swedish FTFs, data obtained from the Swedish Security Service. In 2017 he also co-authored EU RAN Manual on Responding to Returning FTFs and their Families. In 2018 he published an extensive report on salafism and salafi-jihadism in Sweden. In 2020, Dr. Ranstorp coedited a 500-page report on the Far Right milieu in Sweden which maps out the Nordic Resistance Movement and the Swedish alt-right milieu.
Dr. Ranstorp also lead the Copenhagen Municipality Expert Group that developed the Anti-radicalization Action Plan in 2015. He also advised Stockholm City on CVE and the Swedish National CVE coordinator. Dr. Ranstorp is on the International Advisory Board of Hedayah and is an elected member of the Swedish Academy of War Sciences.
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