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RE: Calls to merge the BND and the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV)

While both the BND and the BfV deal with the prevention of terrorism, to merge the two under the Ministry of the Interior, and to leave a small portion of…

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Lone Wolves – in a Broader Sense of the Term

A number of analysts have identified a pattern behind the recent, terrorist events in France, Austria, and elsewhere. During the first months of Covid-19, there were few signs of attacks….

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Extremism, Hate Speech, and Terrorism

How to understand terrorism as opposed to other forms of extremism? Extremism is an overarching phenomenon. It comprises violent extremism, also known as terrorism, but also precursors of terrorism, i.e….

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Human Rights and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

From 29 June to 3 July 2020, the 2nd Counter-Terrorism Week was to be held at the UN Headquarters in New York. At the heart of the week: the 7th…

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A comment relating to the Time article ‘Inside the Dangerous Mission to Understand What Makes Extremists Tick—and How to Change Their Minds’

Despite the shortcomings of thought pieces, media analyses and desk research are important in their own right. They can shed light on aspects previously neglected. They are often rationalist and…

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To What Extent Has Covid-19 Fostered Radicalism, So Far?

Many experts have expressed their view that the Corona pandemic has led to an increase in radicalization. While numbers in terrorist attacks, at least in the West, are down, hate…

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Using the Full Expression Instead of the Word Incel

There is the relatively new phenomenon of so-called incels. Caution is of the order as to the use of the word, short for “involuntary celibates,” for lingistic reasons. Incil, which…

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Counter-Extremism and Development

In so-called underdeveloped countries, industrialization has long been considered the main key to development. Albeit, economic development must be enshrined in an ensemble of areas. Thus, besides basic schooling, advanced…

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The Trend Towards Censorship and the Need for Standards

Undeniably, there has been a trend to instore measures of, bluntly put, censorship, against extremist Internet content, in the past few years. Worldwide, this trend, which could be understood as…

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Counter-Radicalization Through Music

Love for the greater good, be it family values or maintaining peace in local communities, may be a way to get those vulnerable to extremism to take a different view….

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