Join us for this special webinar where Rolf Holmboe will explore the reasons for the recent upsurge in radicalization and the phenomenon of foreign fighters. Rolf will explore the “Danish Model” of counter-radicalization as one among several models used to handle radicalized youths and returning foreign fighters. With a view to developing strategies and tools of management and prevention, the webinar will explore:
- A nuanced understanding of the drivers and processes of radicalization;
- Personalized examples of foreign fighters to better understand their different motivations;
- The unique integration of Danish schools, municipalities, social services, police as well as psychological assessment in building a system of prevention, risk reporting and reintegration;
- Recent trends, including the lower number of male “travelers” going to Syria, but the higher number of female “travelers”
- What may happen when the Caliphate is defeated as a physical entity in Iraq and Syria?
Rolf M.H.P. Holmboe is research fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute on temporary leave from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. He served as Ambassador of Denmark to Lebanon (2013-2015), and as Ambassador to Syria and Jordan (2012-2015). Previously, he served in the Danish MFA as Director of Strategy and Policy Planning, Head of Stabilisation and as Denmark's Representative to the Palestinian Authority. As an army reserve officer, he served as commander of a reserve specialist corps providing linguistic and area knowledge expertise to Danish military missions abroad. As an external lecturer, he has taught conflict studies in fragile states at the Institute of Political Science, Copenhagen University, and he has written several articles on that subject. He holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and a Supplementary Degree in Arabic Studies from Aarhus University.