Countering Violent Extremism: Leveraging Terrorist Dropouts to Counter Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia
January 5, 2013

 

Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS)

Countering Violent Extremism:
Leveraging Terrorist Dropouts to Counter Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia
January 2013 | Phase 2: Volume 2

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In recent years, as attention has focused on understanding the processes of terrorist recruitment and radicalization, policymakers have also begun to focus on the processes of disengagement and deradicalization. What will it take to encourage extremists to walk away from their groups and give up violence as a modus operandi? The two processes are not always the same; nor does one follow the other. Where terrorists have been captured and will eventually have to be released after a period of imprisonment, more than a dozen governments have been experimenting with disengagement programs that they call terrorist deradicalization or rehabilitation. As Horgan and Altier (2012) note, they each have “their own distinctive titles, and that proved to be a clue as to their context-specific expectations for what constituted success.”

Some of these programs have led to wider efforts to counter ideological extremism at the community level. More than winning hearts and minds, policymakers are increasingly concerned about disrupting, or providing an alternative narrative for those setting out on the path towards violence. Are there effective interventions that communities or governments can undertake in order to dissuade a young person from considering violence or from joining a terrorist group?

 

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Countering Violent Extremism: Leveraging Terrorist Dropouts to Counter Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia (Phase 2: Volume 2)

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