Martin Reardon Op-Ed on Al Jazeera English: Big Rethink for Counterterrorism
October 28, 2014

Big Rethink for Counterterrorism

Al Jazeera English
Host: Martin Reardon


Given last week’s alleged “lone wolf” terrorist attacks in Canada, as well as the general state of terrorist related violence worldwide for the last few decades, it’s time to rethink how we approach the issue of radicalised extremism, which of late has risen to a level of violence and geopolitical instability never before seen…

In Countering Violent Extremism: The Counter Narrative Study, released by the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies in September 2013, a number of key findings were detailed based on in-depth studies of CVE programmes in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

As noted in the forward of that study, the Achilles’ heel of any strategy against terrorism has been the often-repeated failure to counter the very narratives used by extremist groups to recruit. The more salient points covered in the study are worth taking a look at…


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