Fighting Extremism: Counter-radicalization and the “Danish Model”

The Conference Board of Canada, February 2, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Extremist Islamist groups such as ISIS have been getting better at reaching and recruiting young Muslims since the Arab Spring. The massive migration of “foreign fighters” from both Western countries and the Middle East to ISIS and other extremist movements, as well as the recent attacks in European cities, are all worrying reflections of this phenomenon. So what can be done to stop it?

In order to tackle this issue, we must first understand the drivers and processes of radicalization: why do radicalized youths risk everything to travel to Syria and Iraq? Why do some of the them go one step further and agree to support or participate in terrorism in their own countries? Most importantly, how do we handle these phenomena?

Webinar Highlights

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?

About Rolf

Photo of Rolf HolmboeRolf 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.

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