Research report 2018 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Ways out of terrorism

Görzig, Carolin
Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle (Saale)
Researching learning processes of terrorist groups, we have discovered a logic of deradicalization: groups do not change their objectives but question the means and norms that define those objectives. However, when terrorist groups deradicalize, more radical factions splinter off. Such radicalization, in turn, leads to the radicalization of countermeasures by states. The learning processes of terrorist groups illuminate the logic of (de-)radicalization mechanisms and can be used to break co-radicalization patterns between states and non-state actors.

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