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Berliner Polizei-Einheit – Berlins Magistrat und die Innere Sicherheit nach dem Mauerfall

Von Bernd Finger. Seit 1987 befand ich mich nach Berufung durch den seinerzeitigen Polizeipräsidenten Georg Schertz an der Polizeischule in Berlin-Spandau als Ausbildungsleiter Kriminalpolizei, unter anderem zuständig für die Ausbildung des höheren Dienstes der Schutzpolizei und der Kriminalpolizei im 1. Studienjahr. In diesem Kontext ergab sich rund vier Wochen nach dem 9. November 1989, der […] Mehr lesen

Consequences of Extremist Digital Heritage on the Rehabilitation Process

By Dr Virginie Andre. Introduction The diffusion of digital extremist content by individuals and extremist groups, as well as the way in which this content and terrorism-related events are reported by news media, have increasingly raised concerns regarding: 1) the perpetuation of violent extremist propaganda; 2) pathways to radicalisation; and 3) the potential recruitment and […] Mehr lesen

The role and function of conspiracy narratives in right-wing extremism

By Fabian Wichmann. With the strengthening of social polarisation and social crises, conspiracy narratives or conspiracy ideologies are also experiencing a boost. Various studies have shown that people who believe in conspiracy narratives do not only believe in one of these narratives, but are receptive to many more diverse narratives. This is one explanation for […] Mehr lesen

Returning to Extremism

An Overview on Terrorist Reoffending and Current Challenges By Susanna Z. Papp and Robert Örell.  Due to recent tragic terrorist attacks in Europe, the question of terrorist recidivism has come to the centre of attention in public and policy discourses. Although the data show low recidivism rates in European countries, the impact of successful re-offenses […] Mehr lesen

Atomwaffen Division Financing

Backgrounder and counter-terrorist financing options By Jessica Davis. In this post, I explore the financing mechanisms used by Atomwaffen Division and the new iteration of the group, National Socialist Order. Both AWD and NSO, as well as James Mason, one of the ideological leaders of AWD, are all listed terrorist entities in Canada. Like many ideologically-motivated violent […] Mehr lesen

Conference: 4th Addressing the New Landscape of Terrorism

4th International Conference 25-28 October 2021 Berlin, Germany (online) Victoria University – EXIT-Germany The Addressing the New Landscape of Terrorism initiative was created in 2015, with its first edition launched in February 2016 in Melbourne, then its second and third editions, respectively, in July 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand and in April 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. […] Mehr lesen

Fighters for Peace

Ex-combatants: Lessons learned – “Formers” engage in preventing violence and extremism By Christina Foerch Saab. Working with “formers” (former extremists and ex-combatants) in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) can be very impactful on target groups such as marginalized and excluded youth who are at the brink of radicalization or who have already taken the […] Mehr lesen

No Violent Extremist is An Island

The Role of Communities in the Rehabilitation of Former Extremists and the Reduction of the Risk of Recidivism. By Dr Virginie Andre. Summary This article is review on a series of international online workshops on the Multi-Dimensional Role of Former Violent Extremist in the Prevention, Intervention and Countering of Violent Extremism launched by Victoria University […] Mehr lesen

Reporting about Violent Extremism and P/CVE

Reporting about Violent Extremism and P/CVE Challenges for Journalists – Recommendations from Practitioners By Alexander Ritzmann and Fabian Wichmann. This paper will describe the challenges for Journalists and will give some recommendations from practitioners. Reporting about extremism and terrorism poses major challenges for journalists on different levels. This paper will address some of the most […] Mehr lesen

Digital Exit Work

RAN small-scale meeting on “Digital Exit Work” – CONCLUSION PAPER By Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN). Key outcomes The effectiveness of preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) interventions is based on an in-depth understanding of the relevant target audiences, and in particular of the needs of individuals. Most existing exit programmes are founded around concepts of […] Mehr lesen

Incels: A Guide to Symbols and Terminology

By Moonshotteam. Online incel communities represent a risk to both health and public safety. The men involved in the incel ecosystem are angry, isolated, depressed, and often suicidal. The Toronto van attack in 2018 and the more recent attack in February 2020 have put their capacity for real-world harm beyond doubt. It is also clear […] Mehr lesen

Publikation / Standards: Ausgestiegene in der politischen Aufklärungsarbeit

Von Ulrike Krause, Bernd Wagner, Fabian Wichmann. EXIT-Deutschland arbeitet nach einem Gesamtkonzept, das Ausgestiegene in die Arbeit als Gleichwertige einbezieht. Neben der Mitwirkung in der Fallarbeit und bei Familienhilfen, Hintergrundrecherchen und territorialen Lageanalysen engagieren sich die Mitglieder des AKTIONSKREISES ehemaliger Extremisten in der politischen Aufklärung. Hier übernehmen Ausgestiegene verschiedene Aufgaben – entweder hinter den Kulissen […] Mehr lesen

Bekämpfung von gewalttätigem Extremismus: Einsichten von ehemaligen Rechtsextremisten

Von Ryan Scrivens, Vivek Venkatesh, Maxime Bérubé and Tiana Gaudette. Wie sollte gewalttätiger Extremismus aus der Perspektive von ehemaligen Rechtsextremisten bekämpft werden? Die aktuelle Studie von Ryan Scrivens, Vivek Venkatesh, Maxime Bérubé und Tiana Gaudette gibt darauf Antworten. Die Ausgestiegenen gaben – fußend auf ihren Erfahrungen – an, dass die Verhinderung und Bekämpfung von gewalttätigem […] Mehr lesen

Combating Violent Extremism: Insights from Former Right-Wing Extremists

By Ryan Scrivens, Vivek Venkatesh, Maxime Bérubé and Tiana Gaudette. How do former right-wing extremists think violent extremism should be combated? In a recent study, Ryan Scrivens, Vivek Venkatesh, Maxime Bérubé, and Tiana Gaudette found that formers believed preventing and countering violent extremism requires a multi-dimensional response, largely consisting of support from parents and families, teachers and educators, law […] Mehr lesen

Die Botschaft – Ehemalige Rechtsextreme in der schulischen Bildung

Eine Erfahrungsskizze Von Dr. Bernd Wagner. „Einmal Nazi – immer Nazi“ – diese immer wieder zu hörende Formel können Ausstiegsorganisationen und Schulen nicht bestätigen. Im Gegenteil: Ausgestiegene werden immer häufiger von Schulen angefragt, um sich in der schulischen Bildungsarbeit einzubringen. Extremismusprävention und Präemption von Radikalität gehören heute durchaus zum Alltag von Schulen, unabhängig davon, ob […] Mehr lesen

SIPRI Publikation: Prävention von gewalttätigem Extremismus in Deutschland

Kohärenz und Kooperation in einem dezentralen System Von Redaktion. Unter dem Titel: „Preventing Violent Extremism in Germany: Coherence and Cooperation in a Decentralized System“, haben Michael Herzog zu Mecklenburg und Dr. Ian Anthony, aktuelle Herausforderungen der Extremismusbekämpfung und Möglichkeiten der Intervention in Deutschland ausgewertet. Herausgeben vom renommierten Stockholmer internationalen Friedensforschungsinstitut – SIPRI-Stockholm International Peace Research […] Mehr lesen

RAN Study Visit to South-East-Asia

By Robert Örell. Key outcomes The RAN digital study visit to Southeast Asia took place on 3-4 March 2021 and brought together 23 European and Southeast Asian practitioners (respectively, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines). The goal of the workshop was to share knowledge and exchange challenges and inspiring practices in the field of disengagement, […] Mehr lesen

New Threat? Transnational violent right-wing extremism on the rise

By Fabian Wichmann. In the whole of the USA, 330 people have been killed by violent right-wing extremists in the past ten years. This is the conclusion of a report by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Meanwhile, in Germany, 182 people were killed in the past decade. According to the Global Terrorism Index 2020, right-wing extremist […] Mehr lesen

Positive Play: Can gamification support P/CVE measures?

By Linda Schlegel. Introduction In the last years, the ‘gamification of extremism’ has gained an increasing amount of attention in both research and practice. From the development of original games and the modification of existing popular games such as Call of Duty, to the use of in-game chats and gaming adjacent platforms for communication and […] Mehr lesen

Aussteigen aus dem Rechtsextremismus

Die Ausstiegsarbeit von EXIT-Deutschland Von Bernd Wagner, Ulrike Krause, Fabian Wichmann. In den vergangenen zwei Jahrzehnten ist die Arbeit gegen Rechtsextremismus innerhalb einer differenzierten Träger- und Projektlandschaft auf zivilgesellschaftlicher Ebene auf- und ausgebaut sowie professionalisiert worden. Gleichzeitig hat sich die rechtsextreme Szene gewandelt – vor allem in Bezug auf ihre Organisationsstruktur, ihre öffentlichen Auftritte, ihre […] Mehr lesen