Recognizing Radicalization: The Search for Behavioural Indicators

The Conference Board of Canada, November 20, 2015
Recorded Webinar
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Canada is regarded as one of the safest countries in the world. However, a year ago, Canada was rocked by two terrorist attacks over three days. Although the number of casualties could have been much higher, the murder of two military officers, and the storming of Parliament Hill shocked a nation that perhaps was a little too secure in the thought that terrorism was a scourge that only happened “over there”. As the country recovered, questions began to be asked. Who were the perpetrators? Why had they done this? What does it mean? And will it happen again?

Join us for a frank discussion on these issues with former CSIS strategic analyst Phil Gurski. In his new book, “The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-Inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West”, Phil looks at the drivers and influences leading to violent extremism. Phil will discuss these incidents on Canada’s soil, as well as present his latest research findings on how we may be able to recognize radicalization before it’s too late.

Webinar Highlights

During this 60-minute webinar, you will learn about:

  • The wide variety of drivers and influences that can lead individuals down the path to violent extremism;
  • The current shortcomings of trying to profile who is at risk and concrete behavioural indicators that can improve our understanding of the radicalization process;
  • Recent attacks by radicalized Canadians at home and abroad and what our options are for dealing with them.

About Phil

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting ( He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS from 2001-2013, specializing in Al Qaeda-inspired violent extremism and radicalization. From 1983 to 2000 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment, specialising in the Middle East. He has also served as senior special advisor in the National Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada from 2013 until his retirement from the civil service in May 2015.

Mr. Gurski has presented on Al Qaeda-inspired violent extremism and radicalization around the world. He is the author of the forthcoming book “The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West” (Rowman and Littlefield).

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