Combating Radicalization

Today in Security: Combating Radicalization

Last week, Canada's minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness introduced the country's new National Expert Committee​ on Countering Radicalization to Violence​. Ten committee members from across the country with diverse backgrounds and expertise will advance the work of the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence.

The Expert Committee will help ensure that Canada's National Strategy on Countering Radicalization to Violence meets its three priorities: building, sharing, and using knowledge; addressing radicalization to violence in the online space; and supporting interventions. Members of the committee hail from many communities that work against discrimination. The committee's co-chairs are Dr. Ghayda Hassan, a clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and Peter Sloly, a former Toronto Police Service deputy chief who is now a partner at Deloitte Canada.

How do other countries deal with radicalization? A recent paper from the​​ Institute for Counter-Terrorism delves into the case of Italy, which appears to be more successful than other European countries in keeping radicalization at bay. According to the paper's abstract, "The purpose of this research is to analyze in detail the elements that up to now have determined the success of the Italian model in the prevention of radicalization, and provide food for thought in order to preserve, or at least prolong, the 'Italian exceptionalism.' Furthermore, the analysis of these factors can provide useful indications to other countries, as well as to the European cooperation strategies aimed at curbing the problem.

Security Management has covered this topic many times. Most recently "Battlefield in the Mind" discusses the terrorists who are completing their prison sentences and will be released in the coming months. Another article, "The Returned," looks at foreign fighters who are returning to their native lands as ISIS suffers defeats. Upcoming issues of Security Management will address the radicalization of Incels and the problem of returning foreign fighters.