What We're Reading

January 2022 | Repatriating FTFs from Syria: Learning from the Western Balkans

This month, RESOLVE highlights recommended readings from our Policy Note, “Repatriating FTFs from Syria: Learning from the Western Balkans.” Authors Chiara Dedeken and Kevin Osborne of GCERF provide operational recommendations to move forward with repatriation, rehabilitation, and reintegration of returnees building on lessons from repatriations in Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia. This What We’re Reading digest was recommended by the authors to give more background on reintegration and rehabilitation programs.


Gyte, Joseph, Sara Zeiger, and Thomson Hunter. Blueprint of a rehabilitation and reintegration centre – guiding principles for rehabilitating and reintegrating returning foreign terrorist fighters and their family members. Abu Dhabi, Hedayah, 2020. https://www.hedayahcenter.org/resources/reports_and_publications/rftfre….

Hedayah.Guidelines and good practices: Developing National P/CVE Strategies and Action Plans. Abu Dhabi, Hedayah, 2016. https://www.hedayahcenter.org/resources/good-practices/guidelines-good-….

Hedayah. Malta Principles for Reintegrating Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs). Abu Dhabi, Hedayah, 2019. https://www.hedayahcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/File-261020162….

Meines, Marije, Merel Molenkamp, Omar Ramadan, and Magnus Ranstorp. RAN Manual: Responses to returnees: Foreign terrorist fighters and their families. Radicalisation Awareness Network, 2017. https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/system/files_en?file=2020-09/ran_br_a….

Scherrer, Amandine, Francesco Ragazzi, and Josh Walmsley. The return of foreign fighters to EU soil – Ex-post evaluation. Brussels: European Parliamentary Research service, 2018. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2018/621811/EPRS_STU….

Walkenhorst, Dennis, Till Baaken, Maximilian Ruf, Michèle Leaman, Julia Handle, and Judy Korn. Rehabilitation Manual: Rehabilitation of radicalised and terrorist offenders for first line practitioners. Radicalisation Awareness Network, 2020. https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/system/files/2020-06/ran_rehab_manual…