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Peter Knoope

Peter Knoope is Director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague (ICCT), co-founded by the Clingendael Institute. Until mid 2009, he was Deputy Director of the Policy and Strategy Department of the Dutch National Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism (NCTb). The NCTb was established in 2005, following the terrorist attacks in Madrid of 11 March 2004 and the killing of Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands, and is responsible for the development and coordination of the government wide counter-terrorism strategy in the Netherlands. He was involved in the development of the NCTb from its inception and was responsible for the coordination between the Dutch government’s national and international counter-terrorism policy. He is a career diplomat who has inter alia been posted as Head of Mission to Afghanistan. Prior to this posting, he headed the Humanitarian Aid section at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was responsible for the Dutch response to foreign crisis situations. Before taking up his position at the Humanitarian Aid section, he was spokesperson for the Minister for Development Cooperation. He has also worked in development cooperation and research programmes in Tanzania, Cameroon and Senegal.


Articles by Peter Knoope (3)

  • Brussels: President Hollande calls this a war, but what is the war about?

    The day before last, 22 March 2016, will go down in history as the day that Brussels was injured. Wounded in so many ways. Wounded because of the victims and those who suffered a direct loss. Friends, brothers, lovers; lives gone in vain. Empty places at a dinner table. But there is much more. There is the fear and anxiety. Somebody told me yesterday that my plan to travel to travel to Brussels next week is courageous. That may sound a bit over the top.
  • The need for civil resistance to terrorism

    More than three million people took to the streets of French cities last weekend in a unprecedented public response to an act of politically motivated violence. It made me think back to the massive worldwide public outrage to the abduction of over 200 school-age girls in Chibok, a town in northern Nigeria, by Boko Haram almost 10 months ago. The massive public responses to these incidents have to do with the fact that core values came under attack.
  • MH17: The Netherlands demands justice

    A makeshift memorial at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. (Flickr/Roman Boed.) With 193 Dutch citizens killed in the MH17 tragedy, the Netherlands is in shock. The country is mourning. Everybody seems to know someone who is directly affected by this terrible loss. The mourning is slowly but surely transforming into outrage that will push the Dutch Government into visible response and action.