Resource documents

September 30, 2022

Preventing Radicalisation in the Western Balkans

The paper presents preliminary findings of a study involving a sample of stakeholders (e.g., police, NGOs, local government representatives, civil society members, religious communities) responsible for dealing with the task of (de)radicalisation in different Western Balkan countries.
September 30, 2022

The Islamic State Threat to Western Homeland Security

The terrorist threat is estimated as severe too critical in France, Belgium, Britain, the United States and Germany. hese countries have experienced the most attacks and plots.
September 30, 2022

The political psychology of extremism: “Naturalness” of the phenomenon in the Western Balkans

Although the violent potential of nationalism in the Balkans should be overlooked by no means, the inflammatory rhetoric is just a method used by political elites to manipulate the public.
September 30, 2022

Civil Society and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Throughout, the report identifies the challenges to deeper engagement between CSOs and the UN system in the context of the Strategy and how to overcome them, as well as the benefits that might accrue to CSOs as a result of their more active support for implementation of the Strategy. The report concludes with a series of recommendations, many of which are discussed and expanded on in the report itself, focused on concrete steps that the UN system, states, and CSOs should take, alone or in partnership with each other, to address these challenges.
September 30, 2022

The European Extreme Right and Religious Extremism

In a multicultural Europe, non-Christian forms of religious fundamentalism such as Islamism also exist with ideological similarities to the Extreme Right, but this is not sufficient to categorize Islamism as a form of Fascism. Some Islamist groups seek alliances with the Extreme Right on the basis of their common dislike for Israel and the West, globalization and individual freedom of thought.
September 30, 2022

Women in Terrorism from the Western Balkans

In addition to discussing women who travel to IS-controlled territory, a significant part of this paper addresses the broader trend of women from Western Balkan countries who support homegrown terrorism.
September 30, 2022

The UK Prevent Counter-Terrorism Programme

My argument builds on and extends emerging work analysing social movement activity beyond the prism of the ‘challengers versus authorities’ paradigm.
September 30, 2022

Incels: Between Mass Murders and Terrorism?

This work aims at deepening the knowledge on this phenomenon, the underlying ideology and the personological characteristics of those who consider themselves “Involuntary Celibates”.
September 30, 2022

Islamist Violence after ISIS

This report has shown that state-building remains the overarching ambition for Islamist extremists, as is all too clear through their military, communications and recruitment tactics. Despite stripping ISIS of its amassed territories, the pursuit of an ‘ideal’ state continues to embolden fighters, attract new followers, undermine governments and threatens the fabric of societies around the world.
September 30, 2022

The Ideology of Far Left Populism in Greece

This article presents a qualitative analysis of far left populism in Greece, focusing on the discourse of anarchists during the riots of December 2008.
September 30, 2022

Female Returnees from Syria to the Western Balkans

The article seeks to shed light on women from Western Balkan countries who supported or participated in violent extremist organizations as well as the potential consequences stemming from this.
September 30, 2022

Assessing the Threat of Incel Violence

Accordingly, incel violence arguably conforms to an emergent trend in terrorism with a more salient hate crime dimension that necessitates greater scrutiny and analysis—especially as it spreads to Europe and shows similarities to and has nascent connections with other terrorist movements.
September 30, 2022

Al-Qaeda versus the ISIS

A comparison study between Al-qaeda and ISIS.
August 31, 2022

The Radicalisation of Prison Inmates

The paper also outlines the current debate regarding where is the best place to house terrorist prisoners (isolation vs. separation). The paper concludes by identifying the major gaps in the literature and offers concluding remarks.
August 31, 2022

Preventing Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism: A Community-Policing Approach

This guidebook is at the intersection of three important thematic priorities for the OSCE that were recently reaffirmed by participating States.
August 31, 2022

The Role of Hotbeds of Radicalisation

Why do some neighbourhoods turn into hotbeds while others, facing comparable challenges and factors, do not?
August 31, 2022

When Healing Turns to Activism: Formers and Family Members’ Motivation to Engage in P/CVE

The results show that, in the case of family members, motivation is affected by exposure to traumatic stress. They also suggest that a locus of control among former extremists can signify different stages of deradicalisation in some forms of exit pathways and thus help to identify different risks depending on a former’s P/CVE role.
August 31, 2022

Youth Radicalisation: Interventions and Challenges for Prevention

This chapter reviews the various pathways for youth radicalization, followed by a presentation of several theoretical explanations as to why youth may become radicalized.
August 31, 2022

Understanding ISIS: From Conception to Operations

This paper bridges the gap in Indian public discourse on the aims of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State) and where it stands today as the most formidable terrorist organisation of the 21st century.
August 31, 2022

Sectarianism, State Failure and the Radicalisation of Sunni Jihadist Groups

This article aims to connect sectarian hatreds, failed states, and Islamic eschatology to the growing extremism within the Sunni jihadist movement.
August 31, 2022

Community engagement to tackle terrorism and violent extremism

This paper explores these tensions highlighting the challenges police and Muslims face when working in partnership. The paper draws on the international literature and the authors own experience with engagement and partnership work with Australian Muslim communities and police. Lessons for counter-terrorism policing are highlighted.
August 31, 2022

Community Engagement for Counterterrorism in Britain

This article explores this issue further through analyzing and exploring the role that connectors, rather than communities per se, may play in counterterrorism.
August 31, 2022

Youth Work Against Radicalisation

This study presents ways in which youth work prevents radicalisation leading to violence. It also identifies inspiring youth work practices, as well as the needs and challenges youth work faces.
August 31, 2022

One Size Does Not Fit All: Exploring the Characteristics of Exit Programmes in Europe

This paper presents findings from semi-structured interviews with 17 practitioners representing 14 exit interventions in 7 European countries.
August 31, 2022

Monitoring Radicalisation: A Framework for Risk Indicators

This publication provides background knowledge on radicalisation and puts forward a framework of risk assessment indicators tailored to the institutional environment of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe that are yet to develop specific counter-radicalisation measures.
August 31, 2022

Engaging Women in Countering Violent extremism

This article examines the limitations of prevention and countering violent extremism programmes and policies in engaging with women, their roles, and gender-sensitivity. Recognising women’s agency, diversity in voices and experiences, and knowledge is fundamental to ensuring their rights and sustainable peace.
August 31, 2022

The Geography of Pre-Criminal Space

This article explores geographical and epistemological shifts in the deployment of the UK Prevent strategy, 2007–2017.
August 31, 2022

“Preventing” Problems and Countering Violent Extremism Policy in Practice

This article describes how disrupting the activities of suspected violent extremists has become an increasingly significant construct in the policy and practice of the Prevent strand of UK Counter-Terrorism.
August 31, 2022

A Case Study of a Community-Based CVE Counter-Narrative Campaign

This article presents a case study of the recently conceived and ongoing counter-extremism campaign, Voices Against Extremism, a campaign designed and implemented by university students from Vancouver, Canada.
August 31, 2022

The Islamic State: A Clash within the Muslim Civilization for the New Caliphate

This study analyzes the political reasons that allowed the Islamic State to expand successfully in Syria and Iraq, by enabling to “franchise” worldwide, and the role of the regional governments in this issue.
July 29, 2022

Countering Violent Extremism through State-Society Partnerships

Drawing on a desk-based review of literature on de-radicalisation combined with interviews, this paper presents a thematic analysis of Indonesia’s CVE programmes and CSOs’ engagement in de-radicalisation
July 29, 2022

Good Practices on Community Engagement and Community-Oriented Policing as Tools to Counter Violent Extremism

This reports presents some reccommendations for communitarian involvment in P/CVE efforts.
July 29, 2022

Lessons Learned from Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Programmes amid Ongoing Conflict

The review includes lessons from countries with low level or latent conflict and post-conflict settings.
July 29, 2022

Radicalization Leading to Violence: A Test of the 3N Model

The present research examines the social cognitive processes underlying ideologically-based violence through the lens of the 3N model of radicalisation.
July 29, 2022

Rethinking Countering Violent Extremism: Implementing the Role of Civil society

This research answers the question: “What is known about the effectiveness of CT and P/CVE interventions in the three areas of most interest for the MFA: 1) youth engagement; 2) reintegration; and 3) capacity building of national government and law enforcement?”
July 29, 2022

Reintegration: Disengaging Violent Extremists

This research answers the question: “What is known about the effectiveness of CT and P/CVE interventions in the three areas of most interest for the MFA: 1) youth engagement; 2) reintegration; and 3) capacity building of national government and law enforcement?”
July 29, 2022

The Role of Civil Society and Communities in Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalisation

This paper presents the potentials and capabilities of civil society and community organisations in countering violent extremism and radicalisation.
July 1, 2022

The Staircase to Terrorism: A Psychological Exploration

The staircase metaphor directs us to build a solid foundation of contextualized democracy so that there will be minimal incentive for individuals to climb to higher floors in order to join terrorist organizations.
June 30, 2022

ISIS: Its History, Ideology, and Psychology

We describe the details of ISIS’s evolution and operation in order to shed light on this threatening movement
June 30, 2022

Report on the Manifestations of Extremism and Prejudicial Hatred in Czech Republic (2018)

This paper therefore argues that, in order to devise and implement an optimal approach to their reintegration, relevant lessons should be drawn both from child soldier reintegration initiatives as well as from terrorist deradicalization and rehabilitation programs.
June 30, 2022

Reintegrating Child Members of the Islamic State

This paper therefore argues that, in order to devise and implement an optimal approach to their reintegration, relevant lessons should be drawn both from child soldier reintegration initiatives as well as from terrorist deradicalization and rehabilitation programs.
June 30, 2022

Vulnerability to Radicalisation in a General Population

In the present study we surveyed a representative sample of the UK general population (n = 1500) where participants self-reported risk factors and indicators for vulnerability to radicalisation.
June 16, 2022

Be without Prejudice: Sensitive Orientated Work in Prisons

The manual "Sensitively Oriented Operational Work in Prisons" includes an analysis of the system of execution of criminal sanctions in the Republic of Serbia, the Republic of Romania and the Republic of Northern Macedonia with an emphasis on the humane concept of work with persons deprived of liberty and a proactive approach to discrimination in prisons.
June 2, 2022

Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter Narrative Facebook Campaigns

This article details the results of 20 one-minute long counter narrative Facebook campaigns in eight EU countries. The results support marketing best practices of using shorter videos to increase viewer retention and suggest that EU viewers are more engaged with counter narratives in which the speaker is relatable and representative of the audience toward which the video is targeted.
June 2, 2022

A Social Ecology Model for Explaining Homegrown Radicalisation

This Research Note provides an initial argument for the merits of adopting a fairly straightforward ecological approach to organising and extending our grasp of the social and social psychological factors influencing the career of potential jihadists.
May 18, 2022

Daesh European Foreign Fighters: Ideology, Motivation and Profiling

This article is intended to dig into the DAESH ideology and the motivations and profiling of the European foreign fighters who are attracted by the group.
May 18, 2022

Prison- Jihadist Recruiting Grounds or Refugee for Rehabilitation?

This report discusses issues of recruiting for violent extremism in prisons
May 18, 2022

Societal Effects of Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization in Kosovo

Countering terrorism and preventing radicalization and violent extremism have taken center stage in donors’ and governmental policy agendas in Kosovo over the past 6 years. While many research and policy initiatives have been funded on drivers, causes and mechanisms to counter violent extremism and radicalization, there has been no critical analysis of their societal effects as they target specific sectors of Kosovo’s society.
May 18, 2022

The Jihadist Threat to Europe: From Al Qaeda to the Islamic State

The essay concludes by discussingfuture jihadist threats to European security. Given the jihadi movement’s hostility toward Christian institutions IS’ war against the West could well shift to Southern European Catholic countries
May 18, 2022

Global Jihad: Case Studies in Terrorist Organisations

However, the main aim of the case study is to present deeper insight into the jihadist organizations in order to explore their historic background, aims, activities, structure and leadership.
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