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Jihadist Hotbeds – Understanding Local Radicalisation Processes

Building upon the current debate on the origin and nature of jihadist militancy, “Jihadist Hotbeds – Understanding Local Radicalisation processes” outlines a broad spectrum of radicalization factors contributing to the emergence of jihadist hotbeds: poverty, unemployment, lack of job prospects, juvenile delinquency, trafficking and smuggling, socio–political, economic and physical marginalization, the role of Salafist ideology as well as the influence of brotherhood networks.


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Return of the Caliphate – reasons and consequences

In December 2015, EFD Senior Fellow Magnus Norell published his book “Return of the Caliphate – reasons and consequences” where according to Kjell-Åke Nordquist, Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Theology “… he writes accessibly and pithily on events of global dimensions that are still being analysed with the inadequate tools, comparisons and perspective of an awakening”.


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Generation Allah: why we need to rethink our approach to fighting religious extremism

EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour has released his first book, Generation Allah: why we need to rethink our approach to fighting religious extremism. Ahmad analyses the causes of Islamism and looks at ways out of the radical Islamist scene. The book explores several key questions, including why so many young individuals have been persuaded to carry out jihad; is Islam responsible for acts of terrorism; and how can we best address religious extremism?


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Secularism in Azerbaijan and the threat of radicalisation in the region

Within the framework of our Counter Radicalisation Programme, the European Foundation for Democracy is analysing the phenomenon of radicalisation in the European eastern and southern neighbourhoods. We have selected Azerbaijan as the first country in the series. The findings of the research have been published in a report titled Secularism in Azerbaijan and the threat of radicalisation in the region.


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Nuclear deal with Iran still on uncertain path, says European Foundation for Democracy report

“The chances of a final deal with Iran by the 30th June deadline remain slim even if a framework agreement is reached by 31st March” says a policy report published by the European Foundation for Democracy on 20th March 2015. According to the report titled “A Nuclear Deal with Iran Prospects and Challenges” and authored by Dr. Bruno Tertrais, in the course of the negotiations, the gap between the positions of the parties has remained significant.


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Home-Grown Jihadism in Italy

EFD is pleased to publish Lorenzo Vidino’s latest study on home-grown Jihadism in Italy, which was launched at the Italian Parliament in April and has been covered in Italian media. The study examines Italian-born Jihadists – who are very small in numbers – to understand ideological journey, their connections to organized terrorist movements abroad and what kind of threat they pose.


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A Guide to Refuting Jihadism – Critiquing radical Islamist claims to theological authenticity

Al-Qa’ida, Hamas and Lashkar-e-Ta’iba claim that their violent actions are supported within the four traditional schools of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence, and that traditional Islam itself mandates a jihadist view of scripture. A Guide to Refuting Jihadism counters these theological claims by demonstrating that their arguments are not based on Islamic consensus or traditionally recognised interpretations of classical Islamic sources.


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