NEWS & commentary
It was really good to share some of my research on Israel's 'radical right' with the Palestine Humanitarian Awareness Project last week. PHAP is a new group set up by St Andrews' students to bring together people interested in the region, for more on what they're up to, you can follow them on Twitter.
A short piece I put together discussing how to conceptualise successful reintegration of former terrorism offenders has just gone up on the Policy & Politics blog.
Recently, there has been much debate about the best approach to take with those returning from the conflict in Syria and Iraq. Various proposals have been mooted, from forcing them to attend ‘deradicalisation programmes’ to banning them from returning to the UK. Relatively few of these ideas are rooted in a strong evidence base. That is in part because we still have much to learn about what might motivate someone to permanently reject violent extremism.
Although knowledge about what might inform the movement away from terrorism has developed in recent years, we have only a limited understanding of the aims of this work. Questions remain over what it is that interventions with those who have been involved in terrorism should seek to achieve. Is it ‘deradicalisation’, commonly understood as attitudinal change? Or is it disengagement, focusing more on behavioural change? And by what measures might we recognise ‘successful deradicalisation’? This last question is the focus of my recent paper: ‘Conceptualising ‘success’ with those convicted of terrorism offences’.