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Hoeft, Gabriel

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'Soft' Approaches to Counter-Terrorism: An Exploration of the Benefits of Deradicalization Programs


In light of growing threats from Islamist radicalization and violent extremism around the world, this paper aims to shed some light on current ‘soft’ approaches to counter-terrorism. The distinguishing feature of these ‘soft’ approaches is that they are designed to win the hearts and minds of radicalizing or radicalized individuals by employing non-coercive methods. While acknowledging the importance of counter-radicalization efforts, this paper will mostly focus on explaining and evaluating deradicalization programs.

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