How and why we should take deradicalization seriously

Deradicalization programmes are the cornerstone of counter-terrorism strategies in many countries, yet few have been evaluated for their effectiveness. Stakeholders must introduce standards to ensure basic elements are in place, such as programme development, staff training, advisory services, and transparency.

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  1. Daniel Koehler is director at the German Institute on Radicalization and De-Radicalization Studies, Tulpenstraße 58, 70180 Stuttgart, Germany and is a fellow of George Washington University's Program on Extremism.

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