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ICCT in the Media: Teun van Dongen on the Future of Radicalisation and its Prevention

June 30, 2022

On 23 June, Teun van Dongen was interviewed by the Social Stability Unit of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (Expertise-unit Sociale Stabiliteit) about the future of radicalisation and its prevention. Teun discusses the trend of social dissatisfaction and highlights that strong anti-government sentiments and conspiracy theories are inextricably linked to this current social discontent, leading to a continuous stream of threats and violent incidents. He emphasises the danger of people potentially turning away from the government, which can lead to more group radicalisation. Especially the extreme right movements respond to the existing broad social dissatisfaction and are, in a sense, more accepted and tolerated. In addition, Teun discusses the threat of jihadism, which has certainly not disappeared but decreased compared to 2015. 

You can read the full article (in Dutch) below. 


Related Readings:

Van Dongen, T. and Leidig, E. Whose side are they on? The diversity of far-right responses to Covid-19. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 18 August 2021

Van Dongen, T. Assessing the Threat of Covid 19-related Extremism in the West. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 5 August 2021

Holbrook, D. Deconstructing the Extreme Right. Perspective, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, 15 January 2021.

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