Deradicalization in History and Psychology: A Selective Review of the Literature

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Authors | Editors: Suedfeld, P. (University of British Columbia); Grunert, L. (University of British Columbia); Morrison, B. (University of British Columbia) Summary Governments continue to pour money into deradicalization programs with the goal of rehabilitating violent extremists. Are there lessons in psychological theory and research, and in historical examples, from which current-day programs could benefit? In this paper we highlight lessons that are consistently found throughout […]

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Population Dynamics and Radicalization in the CENTCOM AOR: Post-Brexit EU2 + 1 and the UN vs. a US-led Coalition of the Willing

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Author | Editor: Dorondo, D. (Western Carolina University) Introduction In 2020, the States of the European Union (EU), as well as NATO’s European members and those States not enjoying membership of one or both organizations (e.g. the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, and others), confront a serious multi-faceted challenge. This challenge takes the form of popular radicalization […]

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Tips for Consuming Intelligence

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Speaker: Gibson, K. (Retired) Date: 12 March 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a speaker session presented by LTG Karen Gibson (Retired) as a part of its SMA General Speaker Series. LTG(R) Gibson discussed how decision makers (and civilians) can be wise consumers of intelligence and shape the intelligence environment. She first stated that using intelligence strategically requires strategy to begin with. Once […]

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Sino-Russian Competition: Self-Inflicted Competition in Central Asia?

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“Sino-Russian Competition: Self-Inflicted Competition in Central Asia?“ Authors | Editors: Canna, S. (NSI, Inc.); Kuznar, E. (NSI, Inc.) Report Preview China and Russia support each other’s political and economic objectives both globally and in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility (AOR) because, in part, of a strong mutual interest in weakening the United States’ geopolitical influence and power (Solomentseva, […]

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Assessing Buffers and Drivers of Conflict in the Arab Gulf

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“Assessing Buffers and Drivers of Conflict in the Arab Gulf“ Authors | Editors: Aviles, W. (NSI, Inc.); Rieger, T. (NSI, Inc.); Goncharova, A. (NSI, Inc.) Bottom Line Up Front Experts contend that the risk of militarization of the dispute between Qatar and the Quartet is low. However, prolonged tension between the two sides has failed attempts at mediation and the underlying issues persist. Until a diplomatic […]

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Potential Paths to Instability in Jordan

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“Potential Paths to Instability in Jordan“ Authors | Editors: Peterson, N. (NSI, Inc.); Astorino-Courtois, A. (NSI, Inc.); Rieger, T. (NSI, Inc.) Bottom Line What would be the strongest catalyst leading to a civil war/revolt in Jordan? It is highly unlikely that a single catalyst could lead to a civil war or revolt in Jordan. Significant regime crisis in Jordan would more likely require […]

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Preventing Radicalization among Internally Displaced People in Syria and Iraq

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“Preventing Radicalization among Internally Displaced People in Syria and Iraq“ Authors | Editors: Kaltenthaler, K. (University of Akron); Kruglanski, A. (University of Maryland) Key Questions Motivating Study How do you protect an at-risk population from extremism in an IDP camp?  How do you build community resilience to help prevent radicalization?  How do you triage and segregate persons in IDP/refugee camps […]

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Young People Aged 0-17: Neuroscience and Cognition to Break Cycles of Radicalization

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“Young People Aged 0-17: Neuroscience and Cognition to Break Cycles of Radicalization“ Author | Editor: Wright, N. (Intelligent Biology) Executive Summary [B1] How do we break the cycle of radicalization, particularly with children who know no other social system / model of governance? Are there possible graduated steps to deradicalization, i.e., judicial efforts, penal efforts, religious efforts, familial […]

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Affording New Futures: The Neuroscience and Cognition of Reintegration and Reconciliation

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“Affording New Futures: The Neuroscience and Cognition of Reintegration and Reconciliation“ Author | Editor: Wright, N. (Intelligent Biology) Executive Summary [B4] How do you reintegrate radicalized people back into society? Both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have centers focussed on this problem. What should the international community do with people who cannot be reintegrated into society? Are there lessons from other […]

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Black Swans and Gray Rhinos in the CENTCOM AOR: Vigilance Against the Unsuspected and Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize

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“Black Swans and Gray Rhinos in the CENTCOM AOR: Vigilance Against the Unsuspected and Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize“ Speakers: Kuznar, L. (NSI, Inc.); Wilkenfeld, J. (University of Maryland); Cioffi-Revilla, C. (George Mason University); Pike, T. (National Intelligence University); Lawson, S. (University of Utah) Date: 4 March 2020 Speaker Session Preview SMA hosted a panel discussion as a part […]

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