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The rise of short-form video content on social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube has created an opportunity for content creators to deliver positive interventions and messaging to a wider audience. All of these platforms have trusted creators to deliver prosocial messages, but upon research, it was found…

The rise of short-form video content on social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube has created an opportunity for content creators to deliver positive interventions and messaging to a wider audience. All of these platforms have trusted creators to deliver prosocial messages, but upon research, it was found…

Militant accelerationism has recently emerged as one of the dominant terrorist movements in the Western world. Defined as a set of tactics and strategies designed to put pressure on and exacerbate latent social divisions, often through violence, the goal of its proponents is to hasten a societal collapse, which they…

There is an ever-growing body of evidence that suggests that there exists a significant degree of overlap between violent extremism (VE) and ordinary crime, both at the conceptual level and in terms of patterns and predictors. Countries differ considerably in their approaches to countering violent extremism (CVE). Yet, at least…

Within research and policy on preventing and countering terrorism, transparency is viewed as a necessity to generate public support and trust for counter-terrorism policies. Yet there is no systematic evidence to support these assumptions while research in other policy areas has challenged these assumptions, showing some forms of transparency might…

The potential exploitation of generative AI by terrorists and violent extremists has attracted warnings that the technology may be used to groom or radicalize young people, help identify vulnerable targets, or increase the risk of bioterrorism. However, there has been relatively little analysis that grounds these actual and potential capabilities…

This paper is a timely examination of political communication and media trust in the age of generative AI systems. After analysing real-world examples of generative AI use in a political context, it evaluates emerging technical and policy solutions and presents recommendations and reflections for policy practitioners. This paper is the…

Children who grow up in families who are affiliated with violent extremism and terrorism are frequently viewed through a security-oriented lens which focuses on their risk of radicalisation, or the security risk they may pose to society. This security-oriented approach limits a broader understanding of the multiple ways in which…

This publication aims to share the findings of the second phase of WP5 research within the CONNEKT project. While the first phase of WP5 examined the drivers and social contexts of radicalization and violent extremism (VE) in the MENA region and the Balkans, this phase is focused on the factors…

This policy brief explores new and innovative communications approaches to reduce the threat from all forms of violent extremism in Europe today based on a precise analysis of the strategic problem and corresponding strategic communications solutions deployable in response. In the context of an ever-evolving violent extremist landscape, including new…

Women associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are returning to their home countries from camps in northern Syria and require prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration. Yet, as feminist security and terrorism scholars have demonstrated, rehabilitation and reintegration programmes are mostly focused on men and neglect women’s experiences….

Targeted by Terrorists was launched on 22 February 2024 in Brussels. This research study was carried out in Indonesia, Iraq and Nigeria with the aim of  increasing knowledge regarding children associated with groups designated “terrorist”. Children’s association with such groups and their abduction, recruitment, use and exploitation by them has gained…