Radicalisation and Extremism in Eastern Africa: Dynamics and Drivers.


Devine, Patrick (2017) Radicalisation and Extremism in Eastern Africa: Dynamics and Drivers. Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis, 4 (2). pp. 612-627. ISSN 2009-7170

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Abstract

Understanding the causes and drivers of radicalisation, non-violent extremism and violent extremism is crucial for any organisation involved in improving human security, peacebuilding and reconciliation work. It should be clear to most observers, particularly scholars and politicians, that Eastern Africa is a strategically important region to recruiters espousingmanifestlyviolent means to achieve social, religious or political goals. It is also clear that it is not only a regional problem, as “violent extremist ideologies are gaining an unprecedented level of traction across the globe, taking root in local communities and controlling territory in a number of fragile states” (European Commission, 2016, p. 3). However, this paper seeks to understand thereasons for radicalisation and extremism in Eastern Africa andthe ideological dynamics that underpin and structure the way in which theyare manifest in that region. It includes an introduction explaining the key terms used, elucidating their conceptual nuances and interconnectedness, followed by an introduction to the underlying causes of radicalisation and extremism in this region and finally, proposals to address and counter these challenges.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Radicalisation; Extremism; Eastern Africa; Dynamics; Drivers;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Edward M Kennedy Institute
Item ID: 9086
Depositing User: Kennedy Institute
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 11:42
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis
Publisher: Maynooth Academic Publishing
Refereed: Yes
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