The different pathways into extremist groups varies from region to region. What might be a common theme of radicalisation in Africa won’t necessarily be true for the Middle East. Too[…]
'Radicalisation' has often seemed the key to understanding, and preventing, modern terrorism. This site gathers high-quality academic research on radicalisation and makes it easily accessible for policymakers, journalists and anyone else whose work deals with this area.
Counter-productive counter-terrorism: How is the dysfunctional discourse of prevent failing to restrain radicalisation?
Journal abstract This paper explores why the Prevent strand of the UK Government’s counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, is failing to achieve success in reducing radicalisation of young Muslims. By refusing to[…]
Journal abstract Counterterrorism strategies that mainly rely on hard power have long been used to defeat terrorism. In recent years, governments have begun incorporating soft power approaches not as a[…]
Journal abstract This study explores the explanatory value of two theories of desistance – the cessation of criminal behavior – in explaining why 27 individuals left the Islamic State in[…]
Belgian and Dutch Jihadist Foreign Fighters (2012–2015): Characteristics, Motivations, and Roles in the War in Syria and Iraq
Journal abstract In recent years, Belgium and the Netherlands have been confronted with relatively many citizens or residents who have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join and fight with[…]
Journal abstract One question that has been unresolved since the current phase of extremism began in the early- to mid-1990s has been whether or not there is a global structure[…]
Islamophobia is widespread in the UK. A 2015 YouGov poll found that over half of British voters think there is a fundamental clash between the values of Islam and British[…]
Journal abstract This paper examines the rise of ISIL in the context of wider debates in the first half twentieth century on the nature and political direction of the early[…]
Journal abstract The rise of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is not well understood at this point. This paper starts by comparing the Islamic State to the Vietnamese communists in a[…]
Publisher’s description The spread of Salafism—often referred to as Wahhabism—in the West has intrigued and alarmed observers since the attacks of 9/11. Many see it as a fundamentalist interpretation of[…]