Understanding Violent Radicalisation

Terrorist and Jihadist Movements in Europe

Edited by Magnus Ranstorp

© 2010 – Routledge

268 pages

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About the Book

This is the first book to address in depth the interplay between radicalisation and political violence in Europe, as well as the effectiveness of counter-measures.

As evidenced from the multitude of intercepted plots across several European cities since 2001, the threat level and the intensity of the desire to perpetrate mass-casualty attacks within Europe is not diminishing. While violent radicalization has gradually moved to the top of the EU counterterrorism agenda, it has been accompanied by a relatively embryonic understanding about the processes and interplay of factors that contribute to radicalization, which are played out differently in cities like Paris, Rome, London and Copenhagen. Undoubtedly, there are common factors at the global and regional levels that facilitate radicalization, but it is also clear that radicalization is very context dependent. This book provides crucial insights into different ways to understand violent radicalization within national contexts and the challenges addressing the many pathways into terrorism inspired by al-Qaeda and other forms of Islamic extremism.

This book will be of great interest to students of terrorism studies and political violence, counter-terrorism, EU politics, security studies and IR in general.

Magnus Ranstorp is Research Director of the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defence College and a Member of EU Expert Groups on (Violent) Radicalisation. He has twenty years of experience in research on counterterrorism issues and testified at the 9/11 Commission Hearing.

Table of Contents

Introduction Magnus Ranstorp Part 1: Understanding Radicalization as a Process 1. Background Contributing Factors to Terrorism: Radicalisation and Recruitment Rem Kortweg with Sajjan Gohel, Francois Heisbourg, Magnus Ranstorp and Rob de Wijk 2. Where does the Radicalisation Process Lead? Radical Community, Radical Networks and Radical Subcultures Peter Waldmann, Matenia Sirseloudi and Stefan Malthaner 3. The Physiology of Al-Qaeda: From Ideology to Participation Christina Hellmich 4. Joining Jihadi Terrorist Cells in Europe – Exploring Motivational Aspects of Recruitment and Radicalization Petter Nesser Part 2: Understanding Radicalization in Context 5. Radicalization and Recruitment in Europe: The UK Case Mark Huband 6. An Overview of Violent Jihad in the UK: Radicalisation and the State Response Lindsay Clutterbuck 7. Islamism, Radicalisation and Jihadism in the Netherlands: Main Developments and Counter Measures Edwin Bakker 8. The Jihadists and Anti-Terrorist Challenges in France: An Overview Jean-Luc Marret 9. Radicalization and Recruitment Among Jihadist Terrorists in Spain: Main Patterns and Subsequent Counterterrorist Measures Rogelio Alonso 10. Salafi-Jihadi Terrorism in Italy Carl Björkman

About the Editor

Magnus Ranstorp is Research Director of the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the Swedish National Defence College and a Member of EU Expert Groups on (Violent) Radicalisation. He has twenty years of experience in research on counterterrorism issues and testified at the 9/11 Commission Hearing.

About the Series

Political Violence

This book series contains sober, thoughtful and authoritative academic accounts of terrorism and political violence. Its aim is to produce a useful taxonomy of terror and violence through comparative and historical analysis in both national and international spheres. Each book discusses origins, organisational dynamics and outcomes of particular forms and expressions of political violence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POL037000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism