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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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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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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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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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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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