Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsTerrorism is high on the international agenda. And terms, as foreign fighters, radicalization and religious extremism often hit the headlines and fuel the political debate at the global level. It is definitely not a new phenomenon. What has changed though is that in the past, terrorism was merely related to national issues and claims. Limited by national boundaries, think of the Farc in Colombia, of the IRA in the United Kingdom, or of Hamas in Palestine. However with new tools, resources, and channels, it has become a global phenomenon. Religiously inspired or attributed violent radicalization immediately make us think of terrorist organisations such as al-Qaeda, and ISIS, and of terrorist attacks on the Western world.
Skip to 1 minute and 9 secondsBut data shows that Muslims have been victims of violent extremism themselves, both at the hands of Muslim and non-Muslim violent groups. It is clear that the deepening of global social inequalities, as well as fear, suspicion, and minority marginalisation only contribute to the sharpening of the ideological divides among people actually inciting violence. So what are the factors in underlying dynamics that draw individuals into extremism, especially in the case of youths? What are the best practises in place to curb this phenomenon? And how can governments and people build resilience to combat terrorism and violent radicalisation? Join our group of international experts for topical information, thought-provoking discussions, and the opportunity to make your own opinion on this pressing global issue. Sign up now.