We need to do a better job at identifying the process of radicalisation and intervening when it is not too late

Ewan King provides recommendations for improving the government’s Prevent strategy. He argues that understanding the journey is the key to understanding the process of radicalisation. Intervening successfully requires early action and engaging with communities.  There was a significant amount of speculation in the immediate aftermath of the Woolwich attack that the perpetrators were self-starting ‘lone wolves’ who emerged practically out of […]

June 4th, 2013|Ewan King|1 Comment|

Social scientific analyses of terrorist behaviour have enormous potential but greater methodological transparency is urgently needed

John Horgan argues that the potential of social scientific analyses of terrorist behaviour will not be realised without an open and honest discussion of what such approaches entail in practice. Unfortunately the fascination which the idea of interviewing terrorists holds for many people has inculcated a tendency to overly dramatise the process.  The study of terrorism continues to suffer its detractors. And, if truth […]

The ‘war on terror’ on campus threatens important freedoms

Against a background of increasing claims that universities in the United Kingdom provide environments conducive to the inculcation of Islamic radicalism, Ian Cram argues that we must seriously reconsider the assumptions on which such a view rests. Given the relatively large percentage of young persons attending higher or further education institutions in the last decade, it would be surprising if universities were entirely insulated from such […]

The police commissioner elections offer a lifeline to the beleaguered far right

In this post the Extremis Project UK team raise important questions about the potential gains which could be made by extremist parties in an election likely to be characterized by pervasive voter apathy. At a time of fragmentation within Britain’s far right, could success in the police commissioner elections act as a unifying force?  With the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner Elections fast approaching, it […]

A survey of public attitudes towards the English Defence League (EDL) reveals that there is some sympathy for the movement’s values, although these supporters are very much in a minority

The Extremis Project UK team has published a survey that examines public attitudes towards the EDL. It shows that a large amount of people (25 per cent) are not aware of the organisation at all, of those that are aware a large majority disapprove and would not consider joining, and that those who are receptive are predominantly working-class men.  Despite attracting considerable […]

The cocktail of factors which promote violent radicalization presents an opportunity to build sensible policy-making.

There is no particular combination of easily identifiable factors like social standing, family history, or poverty that leads individuals to violent radicalization. Jamie Bartlett argues that policymakers would be wise to respect the bluring of factors that lead to radicalization and implement measures that encourage tolerance among our population. Dozens of academics and think-tank researchers failed to conclusively identify what […]

Book Review: Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What it Means to be Human

Clara Volintiru finds a highly interesting and insightful portrait of terrorism in Scott Atran’s recent book.

Book Review: Jihad and the Just War in the War on Terror

Sara Yasin reviews the latest book by Alia Brahimi, finding a timely and important understanding of the relationship between the west and Al-Qaeda.

January 30th, 2011|Global Politics|2 Comments|

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