International
Crimes and
Criminology

What drives people like Vladimir Putin, Anders Breivik and Josef Mengele to get involved in mass atrocities? Who were the people behind 9/11 and why did they commit such crimes? And what about the attacks in London, Madrid, Zaventem and Paris? Why did so many people follow a man like Adolf Hitler? Was Hannah Arendt right with her thesis on the banality of evil when describing Adolf Eichmann? Who was Prigozjin? What happened in Rwanda in 1994 and in Cambodia in the seventies under the Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot? Why do dictatorial regimes resort to torture and why is there so much sexual violence during periods of war? How can we explain the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Alette Smeulers is the author of Perpetrators of Mass Atrocities: Terribly and Terrifyingly Normal? (Routledge 2024). She regularly gives public lectures such as recently in Paradiso, Amsterdam in the series Science & Cocktails; the Asser Institute and at Studium Generale in which she tackles many of the above questions.

Together with Nicola Quaedvlieg she made a podcast series on perpetrators of mass atrocities called Terribly and Terrifyingly Normal? It can be found on all major podcast platforms.

Alette Smeulers takes in her research an inter- and multidisciplinary approach and has published widely within the field. See the six minutes documentary on youtube://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq9BujZuUqk 

See also the podcast series on perpetrators of mass atrocities and check out the trailer of the podcast series

Alette regular gives public lectures such as in Paradiso, Amsterdam in the series Science & Cocktails