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Recording CPL & ICCT Live Briefing – Right Wing Extremism In Europe: Case Studies from Germany – 20 April 2020

Over 300 people from 38 different countries took part in the online lecture "Right Wing Extremism in Europe: The Case of Germany" this week, with guest speakers Prof. Arie Kruglanski and Dr. David Webber. The event was originally planned to take place offline and postponed due to measures surrounding COVID-19. It was a joint initiative of the Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague (ICCT). For CPL the online event was the start of a series of activities that will be organised for its alumni in the coming year. The lecture can be viewed in full here.

Recording CPL & ICCT Live Briefing 20 April 2020 – Right Wing Extremism In Europe: Case Studies from Germany

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Right Wing Extremism in Europe: Case Studies from Germany

Arie Kruglanski and David Webber have conducted extensive empirical research on violent extremism, and they will share their insights on the question of why individuals feel attracted to, join, stay in or leave violent (extremist)movements and how this may be counteracted. Specifically, they will present the findings of their latest bookRadicals’ Journey: German Neo Nazis Voyage to the Edge and Back. The authors delve deeply into the motivations of German Neo-Nazis that prompt their initial membership in these groups, the elements that make membership appealing, and the factors that ultimately cause members to leave.


• Arie Kruglanski: Distinguished University Professor, a recipient of numerous awards, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. As a founding Co-PI and Co-Director of START (National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism), Kruglanski also conducts research with the support of grants from the Department for Homeland Security and from the Department of Defense on the psychological processes behind radicalization, deradicalization, and terrorism.

• David Webber: Assistant Professor, Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University. Webber utilizes a mixture of social psychological experimental methods, field surveys in at-risk locations, and qualitative analyses to examine the factors involved in the radicalization and deradicalization processes of violent extremists. In conjunction with the U.S. State Department and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, Webber is consulting with the Philippine prison system on the use and implementation of risk assessment tools for imprisoned violent extremist offenders.

Interested in the latest dilemmas and trends in the field of preventing violent extremism? Join us for our Online Summer Programme from 17-21 August. Through lectures, workshops, panel discussions and work visits the participants will exchange ideas and experiences with experts in the field.

The Centre for Professional Learning (CPL) offers training and education for higher educated professionals: starters, experienced professionals and managers. Find more information about all safety and security related programmes from CPL. 

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