Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists

Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists

Facilitating the process through which Islamist militants not only disengage from radical groups but also become deradicalized and change their worldview requires comprehensive efforts to break their affective, pragmatic, and ideological commitment, a report from the RAND Corporation argues. The report, Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists (244 pages, PDF), considers the effectiveness of government programs in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Europe and, based on limited reliable data, outlines effective practices, policy implications, and recommendations. Funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the study argues that such efforts should combine a process of rehabilitation through religious dialogue with disincentives to recidivism and support for (and monitoring of) deradicalized individuals' reintegration into society.