Deradicalization Work and Recidivism

A joint event by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
22 Juni 2020
Ort der Veranstaltung


Deradicalization & Recidivism

The attacks in the United Kingdom by convicted terrorist offenders Usman Khan in November 2019 and by Sudesh Amman in February 2020 fueled the debate about the potential threat posed by released prisoners and the risk of terrorist recidivism. At the same time, research suggests that recidivism rates are actually very low at even less than 5 percent. As part of the “International Forum for Expert Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremism” (InFoEx), we held this online event to discuss the existing scientific evidence and experiences from practitioners working in the field of prevention of extremism, as well as consequences for deradicalization and disengagement work in Germany, with our experts from research and practice:


Sofia Koller
Research Fellow; Project Leader “International Forum for Expert Exchange
on Countering Islamist Extremism” (InFoEx), DGAP, Germany


Prof. Dr. Andrew Silke
Professor for Terrorism, Risk & Resilience, University of Cranfield, United Kingdom

Samet Er
Counselor, Violence Prevention Network, Germany

Gaby Thijssen    
Psychologist, High Security and Terrorist Unit, Vught Prison, Netherlands


Alexander Ritzmann
Associate Fellow, DGAP; Member of the Steering Committee, Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), Germany
The event will be held in German and English with translation.


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