Empowering teachers to approach extremism in the classroom

Lisa Dittmer, Volunteer argues that a year on from the UK Government’s implementation of the Prevent Duty, some teachers are reporting that it continues to pose a considerable challenge to their day-to-day role.  This is not just because of the growing workload beyond their curricular tasks, but also because some feel they lack the resources and training to safely approach …

Democracy in Somalia: Overcoming Insurgency to Provide a Lasting Peace

Matthew Walker, Volunteer, argues that a Somali democracy is still very much a work in progress While the world has been fixated on the American presidential race, Somalia, once the epitome of a failed state, is holding its first elections since 1969 after a quarter-century of internal conflict. However, the country is still under serious threat from terrorist group Al-Shabaab, …

The Far Right in Northern Ireland

Chloe Colliver, Programme Associate argues that the far right in Northern Ireland could threaten the already precarious peace negotiated in the Good Friday Agreement. ‘Britain First is on the rise in Northern Ireland and we plan to continue and increase our activities.’ – Britain First official website, Sept 2015 One  year ago, the far right group Britain First staged a visit to a …

Countering extremism and building resilience through education

Lucie Parker, Programme Associate argues that violent extremism continues to pose a serious and sustained threat to young people across the world today. Growing up in the age of social media only makes it harder for young people to ‘switch off’ from this reality. The NSPCC’s ChildLine received a rush of calls from over 150 concerned children in the UK …

Radicalisation In British Prisons: Innovation, Not Isolation

Nour Kobayter, Extreme Dialogue Volunteer aruges that Anjem Choudary, like many other imprisoned extremists and terrorists, is fortunately no longer able to exert the same influence on society. Rightly however, many have raised concerns over his potential influence on other inmates whilst in prison. Can prisons effectively challenge extremist perspectives, or do they incubate and encourage them to spread? How …

Why are there so many veterans fighting against ISIS?

Tanya Silverman, Project Coordinator argues that it should come as no surprise that many of the veterans currently in Syria and Iraq had previously served in Afghanistan and Iraq during the “War on Terror.” What is surprising is the sheer number of veterans that have travelled to fight against ISIS. This raises questions as to why these retired soldiers are …

“Arrested, jailed, bailed” – why it should be illegal to fight against ISIS

Henry Tuck, Programme Manager argues that the threat of foreign fighters dominating headlines and stretching the capacity of European security services to breaking point, the hundreds of Westerners fighting against ISIS have attracted far less attention and scrutiny. However, many have voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way, apparently undeterred by official warnings that it is “strongly discouraged” to fight ISIS and, as …

Let’s Talk: How social media responds to radicalisation

Tanya Silverman, Project Coordinator and Christopher J. Stewart, Programme Associate argue that Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) is a field still in its infancy, yet it has quickly expanded to incorporate counter narratives. Against Violent Extremism (AVE), a network of former violent extremists and survivors of extremism managed by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) carried out a yearlong project in …

Extreme Dialogue: Former Extremists Can Help Teachers Educate Young People About Radicalisation

Henry Tuck, Programme Manager argues that in the weeks after the Paris attacks in November over 150 concerned children called the NSPCC’s ChildLine in the UK. Young people clearly want to talk about extremism. Unfortunately, extremists are increasingly eager to talk to young people, and they have been proving more successful than ever before. An estimated 760 UK citizens have …