January 2018

  • With the IS in tatters, will radicalisation rise in Europe’s prisons?

    By BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – Now that the Islamic State’s territory in the Middle East has been abolished, Europe faces obvious threats from foreign fighters (FFs) returning from jihadist-oriented conflicts. One of the big knock-on effects will be the impact on radicalisation in Europe’s prisons. With national capitals due to transpose by September 2018 a new EU directive that criminalises FF participation in wars and attempts to travel to them, the size of Europe’s radicalised prison population is bound to grow. Despite buckets of EU money thrown at the problem during the last 10 years, however, Europe has done a poor job at staunching prison radicalisation, whether at national, regional or local level because no one has yet hit on an airtight counter-radicalisation formula. There are still too many unknowns for determining when someone has passed from an attraction to radicalisation to the intent to deploy violence. It doesn’t help matters that there is lingering reluctance in some political circles to publicly call a spade a spade, namely that...

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