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Radicalization in a Regional Context: Future Perspective on Possible Terrorist Threats and Radicalization

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Abstract

The radicalization process is crucial to become a violent extremist. The following chapter deals with several theories of radicalization and the extremist ideologies behind it. Another important fact is the reason behind this process, why do people become radicalized. What is the attraction to young people to join violent extremist groups in Syria or other countries. The terrorist threat emerging from that trend ranges for democratic western societies from organized groups perpetrating attacks to foreign fighters following a lone wolf strategy . A key player to anti-radicalization and to prevent terrorist incidents is to understand the mechanics of how radicalization works. Extremists work in a regional context, and the research should focus on how that is successful and with which means to take countermeasures. Certain possible future scenarios will demonstrate aspects of radicalization and highlight drivers and indicators . The role of the media is also focused on to illustrate the use and abuse of the media by violent extremist groups. Interdependencies are explained about the media in all its facets and terrorist or extremist activity.

Keywords

Radicalization Lone-wolf Terrorism Extremism Foreign fighters Radicalization indicators Radicalization drivers Media and terrorism Terrorist scenarios 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for PolicingCollege for Public Administration in BavariaBavariaGermany

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