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The need for alliances and capacity building in counterterrorism

By Thorsten Koch, MA, PgDip The Podcast ‘Middle East Focus’ recently treated the subject ‘Counterterrorism under the Biden Administration’ and welcomed two guests: The first: Matthew Levitt, Fromer-Wexler Fellow and…

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Posted in Insights Ethics

The Federal Government wants to try to protect journalists in Germany better

by Thorsten Koch After violent attacks on journalists by demonstrators, including by those operating against the Corona measures, the Federal Government has announced to offer media representatives better protection. The…

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Posted in Insights Deradicalisation

Sean Li explains the moderation of audio content on a social network

Content shared on social platforms can be non-conspicuous, but it can also cause issues and even comprise hate speech, necessitating moderation. Thus far, companies regulate their content largely on their…

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Managing political transitions, avoiding conflict

In all regions of the world, conflicts of transition concerning political power have either been taking place or were taking place, from ancient times up until now. The following points…

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A note on the article ‘New Models for Deploying Counterspeech: Measuring Behavioral Change and Sentiment Analysis’

There have long been discussions in academic and practitioner circles, at times with conservatives and progressives holding opposite opinions, on whether counter narratives directed at persons vulnerable to extremism yield…

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Posted in Insights Ethics Archive

Globalization, mobility, and terrorism

In the globalized world, distance plays a much lesser role than it used to be. This also goes for the fight against extremism. Not only do extremists use international digital…

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Posted in Insights Ethics Archive

For a more careful use of analogies in Islamic practice

Analogies are often used in Islam where and when prophetic examples do not fully fit situations. While a number of broad, classical Shari’a principles are established, in more specific cases,…

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Posted in Insights Ethics Archive

Preemptive Deterrence Must Be Proportional

I recently re-read the website of a former German government official having joined the private sector, doing both national and international work. His company profile’s German version states that in…

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Sharing Questions About Counter-Terrorism Before an Interview Takes Place

When counter-extremism experts get airtime on TV, the radio, podcasts, or when they talk to print editors, it is oftentimes in a context of attacks thwarted by the authorities or,…

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Kevin Vallier: trust tends to be constant when social settings are stable

In a recent podcast, Kevin Vallier spoke about the development of social trust and the performance of trustworthy institutions. The degree of trust is generally high in well-governed societies, he…

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