International Trends in the Tertiary Prevention of Islamist Extremism

InFoEx Insights
04 November 2021
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Over the past three years, practitioners, researchers, and governmental officials from more than 12 countries have discussed challenges and good practices in the tertiary prevention of (violent) Islamist extremism as part of the project “International Forum for Expert Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremism” (InFoEx). 

We look forward to inviting members of the InFoEx network and the interested public to an online event to discuss the trends in the deradicalization and disengagement of Islamist extremism that we reflected on during this time. First, we will present exclusive insights into the project’s main results. Thereafter, participants will have the opportunity to discuss trends and developments with practitioners and researchers from our network in small groups. Finally, an international panel will focus on future challenges in tertiary prevention.

Welcoming Remarks:
Dr. Christian Mölling
Research Director, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Dr. Axel Kreienbrink
Sub-Director, Migration, Integration and Asylum Research Centre, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Dr. Michael Vogel
Head, Working Group ÖS II 2 “International Terrorism and Extremism,” Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building, and Community (BMI)

Prof. Dr. Peter Neumann
Professor of Security Studies, Department of War Studies, King’s College London


Presentation of Trends:    
Sofia Koller 
Research Fellow and Project Leader “International Forum for Expert Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremism” (InFoEx), DGAP


Discussion of Trends:
“Gallery Walk”

Discussion of trends with practitioners and researchers in small groups:
Mental Health 
Prof. Dr. Jan Kizilhan, Cooperative State University Villingen-Schwenningen; Kerstin Sischka, NEXUS - Psychological-Therapeutic Network Judiciary & Extremism (tbc)

Monitoring and Evaluation 
Prof. Dr. Kurt Moeller, University of Applied Sciences Esslingen; Liesbeth van der Heide, Municipality The Hague

Reintegration of Returnees from Syria and Iraq
Claudia Dantschke, Grüner Vogel; Luisa Römer, Police Hesse

Prevention of Recidivism and Risk Assessment 
Dr. Thomas Renard, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague (ICCT), Christopher Dean, Identify Psychological Services Ltd and Global Center on Cooperative Security

Cooperation with statutory structures
Sophie Scheuble, Violence Prevention Network (VPN)

Gender in Tertiary Prevention 
Dr. Gina Vale, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR)

Working with Minors 
André Taubert, Legato

Cooperation with Muslim stakeholders
Samet Er, VPN

Research Practice Exchange
Hanna Baron, PROvention; Annika von Berg, VPN

Panel discussion:
Dr. Thomas Renard
Director, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague (ICCT)

Judy Korn
Quality Manager, RAN Practitioners, Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) by the European Commission

Liesbeth van der Heide
Head of Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Policy, Municipality The Hague

Alexander Ritzmann
Associate Fellow, DGAP; Senior Advisor, RAN

The event will be held in German and English with translation. Please register here for this online discussion in Zoom. You will find information related to data processing here. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Miriam Katharina Heß (


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