Breakfast Briefing - How People Radicalise: The Anatomy of Violent Extremism

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Today, the world is facing an unprecedented wave of violent extremism by non-state actors of various types. The causes, in whose name they are willing to kill and die, are very different (including religion, ethnicity, social justice, among others) yet they all pose a serious threat to the security and stability of nations.


The rising appeal of violent movements around the globe has been explained by various macro factors, particularly economic downturns, migration or the refugee crisis. At the end of the day, however, it all boils down to the psychology of the individual. It is individuals, after all, who decide to throw caution to the wind, join a terror organisation, pick up an AK47, don a suicide belt, and travel thousands of miles to risk their life and limb in a fight for a hallowed cause of one sort or another.

In this briefing, Professor Arie Kruglanski, who has devoted recent decades to empirical research on violent extremism, will share his insights into the pernicious appeal of violent movements and how they may be counteracted.

Speaker Biography

Professor Arie W. Kruglanski is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland. He is the recipient of numerous scientific awards, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and former Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioural Science. He has served as editor of major psychological journals and as President of the Society for the Study of Motivation (SSM). He has published over 400 articles, chapters and books on human cognition, group dynamics and violent extremism. He served on panels of the American Academy of Sciences and is a co-founder of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism at the University of Maryland (START). His recent books include ‘The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives and Networks’ (Oxford University Press), and ‘Radicals’ Journey: German Neo Nazis Voyage to the Edge and Back’ (Oxford University Press).

These briefings are open to Major Corporate Level Members and above.

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