Coming home: Deradicalization for returning Syria Jihadis

Mark Dechesne, Charlotte De Roon


The present contribution considers the nature of the threat coming out of Jihadis returning to Europe after involvement in the fighting against the Assad regime in Syria. Three contexts are considered particularly relevant: 1) the context of social protest in the Muslim world; 2) the context of the emergence of the Jihadi movement; 3) the context of veteranship. It is argued that approaches that rely solely on security or focus on ideological differences will not be able to reduce the threat. Rather, comprehensive programs that include consideration of the complex social and psychological reality of Jihadis may turn out of greatest strategic use. In this respect, much can be learned from existing veterans programs.

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Syria Jihadis; Arab Spring; Jihadi Struggle; Returning Veterans


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