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?
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.
26 April 2018 The DARE Project's first output is now available - a policy brief entitled 'Effectiveness of counter-radicalisation policies: Preliminary Research Findings and Recommendations from European Experts in Deradicalisation and Counter-Terrorism'.
The Policy brief is based on the preliminary results of the analysis of existing security policies and interventions in radicalisation and counter-radicalisation at the EU, national and local levels. The findings draw on analysis of around 200 policy documents as well as on 25 interviews with experts from policy and practice in fields related to counter-radicalisation, anti-extremism and deradicalisation. All interviewees are practitioners of counter-radicalisation, countering violent extremism (CVE) and deradicalisation – representing a range of institutions at the national and the EU level (RAN, Europol). Researchers interviewed experts from Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey, Spain, UK and Israel between January and March 2018. The selected experts provided their assessment of current dynamics of radicalisation processes in Europe and on the strategies to counteract them. Read the policy brief 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.
Opinion Piece: Radicals with a cause? Young Muslims and the underbelly of the city.
By Ajmal Hussain
The attack on the Manchester Arena in May this year plunged the city into a scenario similar to that experienced in a handful of European cities over the past decade. The sudden interruption of public life by a troubled young person who inhabited a complex and contradictory sense of self – a local rendered extraneous through links to his parent’s homeland – has cast a shadow on the city’s Muslim population, and particularly its younger cohort. Read more.
Opinion Piece: Income Security may increase secularity, but not vice versa By Ingrid Storm
Dr Ingrid Storm from The University of Manchester examines economic decline and church attendance in Britain. She found that despite regular churchgoers being able to cope better with economic loss; economic decline does not increase church attendance. Read more.