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EFSAS Research Fellows

Dr. Juncal Fernandez-Garayzabal

Dr. Juncal Fernandez-Garayzabal is a Development and Program Manager at Counter Extremism Project (CEP), a NY City-based organization nonprofit and non-partisan international policy organization formed in 2014 to combat the growing extremist threat across an array of ideological persuasions. She gained professional experience researching conflicts, forced migrations, organized crime and security. Her research has developed through collaboration in projects with institutions like Georgetown University, Comillas ICADE (Madrid), the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and UNICEF. She also gained hands-on experience in peacebuilding while in Latin America and Africa, where she provided psychosocial support to internally displaced populations and other victims of extremism and violence in post-conflict settings.

For several years, she applied her knowledge and experience to the realm of human trafficking. Juncal focused on preventing re-recruitment by ensuring that rehabilitation and reintegration programs addressed the individual and contextual factors that led survivors of trafficking to be vulnerable to recruitment and exploitation. She then transitioned to develop appropriate programming for those who once embraced extremism, particularly foreign fighters. She has provided support to over 50 individuals who recently left extremist groups, and almost 40 individuals currently incarcerated for terrorism-related offenses. Juncal is currently working with government entities and civil society actors in the Republic of the Maldives, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic to develop rehabilitation and reintegration programming for returning foreign fighters and their families.



Here you will find a selection of publications by Dr. Juncal Fernandez-Garayzabal, Fellow at EFSAS.

    • Moskalenko, S., Burton, B. S., Fernández-Garayzábal González, J., & Bloom, M. M. (2022). Secondhand Conspiracy Theories: The Social, Emotional and Political Tolls on Loved Ones of QAnon Followers. Democracy and Security, 1-20.
    • Moskalenko, S., Kates, N., Fernández-Garayzabal, J., & Bloom, M. (2022). Predictors of Radical Intentions among Incels: A Survey of 54 Self-identified Incels. Journal of Online Trust and Safety1(3).
    • Moskalenko, S.; Fernández-Garayzabal, J.; Kates, N.; Morton, J (2022). Incel Ideology, Radicalization and Mental Health: A Survey Study. Journal of Intelligence Conflict and Warfare.
    • Fernández-Garayzábal, J. (2018). Prevención, Identificación e Intervención Post-Barcelona: Una estrategia de comunicación holística para la lucha contra la radicalización. Más Poder Local 34:48-59. ISSN: 2172-0223.
    • Oosterveld, W.; de Spiegeleire, S.; Swijs, T.; Fernández-Garayzábal, J.; Shantz, K., Ginn, J.; Reed, C. (2015). Pushing the Boundaries: Territorial Conflicts in Today’s World. The Hague: The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. pp:1-62. ISBN/EAN: 978-94-92102-21-8.
    • De Jong, S.; Oosterveld, W.; Usanov, A.; Kertysova, K.; Ilko, I.; Fernández-Garayzábal, J. (2015). Beyond the Cold War of Words. The Hague: The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. pp:1-66. ISBN/EAN: 978-94-92102-15-7.
    • Sweijs, T., de Spiegelaire, S., Shantz, K., Bekkers, F. Akimov, M., Kertysova, K.; Ginn, J.; Oosterveld, W.T.; Frinking; E.; Auping, W.; Coelho, R., Shantz; K.; Akimov, M.; Fernández-Garayzábal, J.; et al. (2015). The Return of Ghosts Hoped Past? Global Trends in Conflict and Cooperation. The Hague: The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. pp: 1-80. ISBN: 978-94-92102-25-6.
    • Usanov, A.; Chivot, E.; Kogut, P.; Fernández-Garayzábal, J. (2015). Beyond the Welfare State. The Hague: The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. pp:1-83. ISBN 978-94-92102-09-6.


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