The Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime in 2021

Published: 13 Jan 2022

Foreign fighters in Ukraine, 20 years after 9/11 and the role of technology in violent extremism were some of the topics on the Consortium’s agenda in 2021.

Researchers from our partner institutions published numerous interesting articles, book chapters and reports during 2021.

Here are some of the highlights from last year:

Seminar on foreign fighters in Ukraine
On 22 March, the Consortium held a seminar on foreign fighters in the war in Ukraine. During the last decade at least 17 000 individuals, mostly Russians, but also up to 1000 westerners, joined the war in Ukraine. Many was affiliated with extremist settings, predominantly the far-right but also the far-left. The seminar examined where these fighters are now and what they have done after the war in Ukraine. To shed light on these questions we invited experts Thomas Hegghammer, Kacper Rekawek and Tore Bjørgo.

The event was live streamed on NUPI’s YouTube channel:



20 years after 9/11:
On 15 September the Consortium hosted a launch seminar about the article titled “20 years after 9/11” published in the journal Internasjonal Politikk edited by Rita Augestad Knudsen and Ole Martin Stormoen, with contributions from Julie Wilhelmsen, Anders Romarheim, Cecilie Hellestveit, Gro Nystuenm Halvard Leira and Benjamin de Carvalho.

The event was live streamed on NUPI’s YouTube channel (in Norwegian):



Also available as a podcast here (in Norwegian): 

NUPI · Fra arkivet: 20 år etter 11. september


Seminar on the Role of Technology in Violent extremism
Extremist actors have been some of the earliest adopters of the internet and recognized its potential as a communications and mobilization tool. To get an understanding of the research community’s findings we invited Lydia Khalil, Ryan Scrivens and Vivek Venkatesh to present their current research.

The live stream from the seminar is available here: