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News | June 14, 2019

Book Launch: "The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives, and Networks"

Kruglanski, A., Belanger, J., & Gunaratna, R. 2019, June 5. Book Launch: "The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives, and Networks". START Headquarters, College Park.

DoD Minerva researcher, Arie Kruglanski, and colleagues, Jocelyn Belanger and Rohan Gunaratna launched their book, “The Three Pillars of Radicalization: Needs, Narratives, and Networks,” at the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) headquarters at the University of Maryland, College Park on Wednesday, June 5th. The event included a panel discussion among the book authors moderated by START Founding Director Gary LaFree, and a keynote address given by the Honorable Juan Zarate, who is the chairman and co-founder of the Financial Integrity Network, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and chairman of the Center on Economic and Financial Power.

During the panel, the authors addressed the three determinates of radicalization which are the needs, narratives, and networks of individuals and how they can progress into violent extremism. The authors introduced a new model of radicalization that takes into account factors that activate the individual’s quest for significance. Synthesizing varied empirical evidence, this book reinterprets prior theories of radicalization and examines major issues in deradicalization and recidivism, which will only become more relevant as communities continue to negotiate the threat of extremism.

Associated Minerva Project: Motivation, Ideology, and the Social Process of Radicalization and Deradicalization