Independent Synthesis Studies & Conference
The CoJiT-UK initiative aims, from an independent perspective, to determine why and how jihadist terrorism happens in the UK and to make a meaningful contribution towards effective and appropriate responses.
Phase 1 of the project has seen the creation of a baseline understanding of the current jihadist terrorism problem that distinguishes: those aspects that are well-understood and for which there is reliable empirical evidence; those aspects that are assumed to exist but for which the empirical evidence is contradictory or unreliable; and those aspects of the problem that are generally assumed or asserted but for which there is little reliable empirical evidence of any sort.
CoJiT-UK has addressed the problem in a series of 28 studies that together create a new synthesised baseline of agreed understanding around the components of jihadist terrorism as it currently affects UK society. Each of these synthesis papers outlines the headlines and trend lines in their given topic.
CoJiT-UK hosted a conference in London on 12 September that presented its research synthesis conclusions and discussed ways to operationalise the new ideas that have emerged from them. It simultaneously launched the ‘national conversation’ called for by the Prime Minister in 2017 against the background of the jihadist terrorist attacks of last year.