The DARE (Dialogue about Radicalisation and Equality) project includes 15 partners in 13 countries - Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, The Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey and the UK - and will run for four years. Funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, it will investigate young people’s encounters with and agents of radicalisation, how they receive and respond to those calls, and how they make choices about the paths they take.
It aims to broaden understanding of radicalisation, demonstrate that it is not located in any one religion or community, and to explore the effects of radicalisation on society. DARE will focus on people aged between 12 and 30, as they are a key target of recruiters and existing research suggests they may be particularly receptive to radicalism. It will approach young people neither as victims nor perpetrators of radicalisation, but as engaged, reflexive, often passionate social actors who seek information they can trust, as they navigate a world in which calls to radicalisation are numerous. Read More Here.
What's Going On with DARE?
15 June 2018: On May 22-25 in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Higher school of Economics, represented by the Center for Youth Studies, hosted the members of the DARE consortium. The meeting was organized in two parts. The first day was devoted to the open international workshop "Rethinking Radicalisation: Frontline perspectives", in which the participants presented their findings on theoretical and empirical understanding of the phenomenon of radicalization and its various manifestations. The next three days were devoted to the discussion of the project and its progress. The delegates had the opportunity to exchange the first results of the project, discuss the emerging challenges and outline a work plan for the next year in different areas including the analysis of public policy in the field of counter-radicalisation, the study of the process of self-radicalization and case studies of Islamic and anti-Islamic radicalisation. Special attention was paid to the issues of building a dialogue between researchers and public and state organizations, and local communities.
15th May 2018: On 16-17 June in Warsaw the DARE project will be hosting the second, international workshop. This workshop will tackle the far-right radicalization process. We have invited around 18 participants - around 9 “former” ultra-nationalists and about 10 DARE experts. The participants who are from Canada, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Finland, United Kingdom, have changed their mind and left the far right group/party/ideology and engaged themselves into countering the far right ideology and movements, becoming CVE practitioners. Therefore, our workshop is in the line with current trends in prevention of radicalization by acknowledging the role of “formers” in deradicalisation actions.
The workshop is interactive. Participants are asked to take an active role by presenting their experience and views according to the workshop’s main themes such as: the place of “formers” in countering violent extremism work, and new challenges in countering the extreme right. As was the case with the first workshop, face to face interviews will also be recorded in order to contribute to a documentary and the educational toolkits that will result from the project.
Contributions by Hilary Pilkington and Ajmal Hussein
The latest issue of The University of Manchester's On Cohesion magazine has two articles on DARE related topics. The first, an article by Professor Hilary Pilkington entitled: 'The pathway to violent extremism: is socio-economic inequality, or our perception of it, to blame?' and a second, by Ajmal Hussein entitled: 'Cohesion again? Learning lessons from the ‘between’'. Read the articles here.
Why don’t most people become radicalised?
Interview with Professor Hilary Pilkington on Horizon Magazine
To understand what leads people into violent extremism, scientists are turning the question on its head and asking why it is that most young people don’t become radicalised. ‘Understanding pathways to non-radicalisation is as important to us as those that lead to radicalisation,’ said Professor Hilary Pilkington, a sociologist from the University of Manchester in the UK. Continue reading here.
Why does a person become radicalised? That's the million dollar question.
Interview with Ajmal Hussain
Hussain said researchers and governments have for years been trying to find an answer to what makes a person become radicalised. He dubs this the “million dollar question”, believing there is no one answer. Read more.