Common Characteristics of “Successful” Deradicalization Programs of the Past

February 2020 No Comments

Common Characteristics of ‘Successful’ Deradicalization Programs of the Past

Authors | Editors: Popp, G. (NSI, Inc.); Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.); Day, J. (NSI, Inc.)

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There is no “one size fits all” approach to disengagement and deradicalization—disengagement and deradicalization programs should be tailored to the specific environments and individuals/groups of interest. However, analysis of historical cases of disengagement and deradicalization programs reveals what appear to be several common characteristics of programs that have demonstrated some levels of success: creating a sense of hope and purpose, building a sense of community, providing individual attention and regimented daily schedules, and ensuring sustainable, long-term commitment following completion of the program (i.e., after- care). While designing disengagement and deradicalization programs to include these characteristics could serve as a useful starting point, they should not be considered universal, or guarantees of successful deradicalization. Rigorous research and analysis is still needed in order to solidify our understanding of, and ability to measure, “success” with respect to deradicalization programs.

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