Sarah is a Canadian attorney and advisor for the Canadian Coalition Against Terror (CCAT) in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Juris Doctor degree, an M.A. (magna cum laude) in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security (IDC) and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology.
Formerly, Sarah held research positions relating to counter-terrorism law and policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs (Toronto), and at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) (Israel).
She has led a Canadian National Security Working Group delivering policy submissions to the Parliament of Canada. Sarah has also worked on classified projects for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.
Her publications include: Trends and Developments in Lone Wolf Terrorism in the Western World (2013), Islamic Radicalization in Belgium (2016), and Radicalization in Theory and in Practice (Forthcoming – U of Michigan Press).
Sarah Teich joined the Editorial Board of the International Counter-Terrorism Review in May 2020.
Her current research includes returning foreign fighters, the nexus between terrorism and organized crime, and international courts and tribunals. Sarah can be reached at [email protected]
Belgium has become a major hotbed for radicalization in Europe. At least 380 Belgians have travelled to Syria as foreign fighters, giving Belgium the largest number of jihadists per capita at 33.9 fighters per one million residents. Radicalized Belgian Muslims are significantly involved not only in terrorist attacks in Belgium, but throughout Europe. What has caused Belgium to become this fertile a ground for Islamic radicalization?
This paper reviews current literature on the recent and growing phenomenon of lone wolf terrorism. It aims to add data to this subject by analyzing trends and developments using a dataset created using RAND, START, and LexisNexis Academic databases.