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A Neglected Approach in CT Research: Studies Along the Time Axis

In counter-terrorism research, academics do their best to close gaps in research and to identify new trends. Current necessities thus appear to be addressed quite well. What is sometimes neglected,…

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Pursuing Clear Goals in Behaviorist Treatment

In behavioral treatment, which is often applied to help resocialize offenders, including convicted terrorists, or dangerous militants, practitioners need to set goals and targets. Not only should these help prevent…

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May Counter-Terrorism Officials Fake Radicalism?

In certain covert ops, infiltrated informants can assume positions and perform actions, having entered an unconstitutional group (or in relation to persons in connection with such groups), which are liable…

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Preventive Detention under the German Law

Preventive detention, a form of securitization for the time after a legal jail sentence has been served, can only be pronounced, in Germany, by court order. It is subject to…

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A Note of Caution about the Use of Force

“A state is a human community that [successfully] claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory.”Max Weber The above quote is often used as…

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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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