Concepts and Analytical Framework. Debating Notions and Approaches to Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

Corinne Torrekens
Professor and PhD in social and political sciences at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Daphné de le Vingne
PhD Candidate - ULB. GERME
05 June 2020

All the conceptual, theoretical and disciplinary issues concerning violent extremism and radicalisation are critically reviewed and established in Concepts and Analytical Framework. Debating Notions and Approaches to Radicalisation and Violent Extremism. This first paper released in the framework of the Horizon 2020 EU-funded project CONNEKT sets the academic backbone for studying in upcoming stages the radicalisation processes in MENA and Balkan societies with the aim of recommending tools and measures to prevent violent extremism among youths.

Corinne Torrekens and Daphné de le Vingne (Université Libre de Bruxelles) offer in this paper a comprehensive review of definitions on issues such as terrorism, violent extremism andradicalisation, and put forward the analytical models of radicalisation processes developed by researchers. The paper also presents the current state of the art regarding the different drivers of violent radicalisation processes identified in the scientific and academic literature by exploring the different macro, meso and micro levels (transnational, community and individual) and their interplay.

Finally, the authors also offer a look into the literature produced on existing mechanisms of Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and regarding the initiatives of deradicalisation or disengagement, and the scope and results of the programmes of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) being put in place in MENA and Balkan societies.

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