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?
5 March 2018 Over the weekend of February 23-25 family members of people who were affected by violent radicalization met in Warsaw for a workshop about practical tools in counselling other families to counter violent extremism. Aspects such as risk assessment, coping with burnout and stress, evidence-based methods in deradicalization and family-based intervention programs were introduced. At the same time, the participants gave testimonies about their stories and experiences to the team of DARE to help build the educational toolkit that will be amongst the key outputs of the DARE products. The participants came from Tunisia, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom and even though their contexts and struggles faced by their home countries differ greatly from each other, it became clear that they all shared very similar experiences of loss, powerlessness and pain but also the will to connect to each other and to jointly step forward supporting other families in need. The DARE team is grateful for the opportunity to work with such wonderful and strong people.
23 February 2018 On 22 and 23 February the DARE Impact Sub-Committee met in Warsaw, Poland. The meeting attended by NOVA (Norway), Collegium Civitas (Poland), UNIMAN (UK), ENAR (Belgium) and PfC (Malta) discussed the project’s dissemination approaches and tools, planned an impact workshop for the forthcoming consortium meeting scheduled for May and discussed the role of the National Stakeholder Groups at the national level. The committee also discussed at some length the various channels of impact for the project at the national and European level and the various ways in which the Consortium and its members can engage stakeholders across the life cycle of the project. The meeting was kindly hosted by Collegium Civitas, the Polish Consortium Member.
22 February 2018 Consortium member Leiden University contributed a post reflecting on how the DARE project fits within broader discussions of radicalisation in academic and policy circles. Read it 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.