The centre’s research project on radicalisation focuses on the micro-dynamic of violence in general and radicalization in particular.

Inspired by the recent turn in the study of political violence to the micro-level of analysis, our aim is to look into distinctive factors that shape cognitive radicalization; behavioral radicalization leading to joining extremist –  jihadist, far-right or far-left – groups; committing acts of lone-wolf terrorism; and becoming foreign fighters of all denominations. Our Center also supports research aimed at unveiling individual and group behavior in the zones of armed conflict, from the effects of civilian victimization, to the causes of pro-insurgent support and violent mobilization, to insurgent strategies in various empirical settings. Drawing heavily on difficult-to-acquire first-hand data, our aim is to use bottom-up, empirically-rich, and theory-informed analysis to uncover the micro-dynamic of violence in armed groups; comprehend factors leading to individual radicalization, violent mobilization, de-radicalization, and disengagement; and work out policy recommendations with the ultimate aim of increasing our capability to cope with today’s key security challenges.

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