On 8-9 May 2012 the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration, in cooperation with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, held a Conference entitled “Tackling Extremism: De-radicalisation and Disengagement”. The conference brought together 90 people from 20 different countries, including government officials, practitioners, representatives from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), researchers and EU representatives. The conference was chaired by Sasha Havlicek, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. The purpose of the conference was to share international practical experiences on what it takes to get young people to leave violent extremist movements, whether right-wing, left-wing or militant Islamist.
The conference took its point of departure from two EU sponsored projects: One Danish project, “Deradicalisation – Targeted Intervention”, a project that has carried out specific interventions and developed a number of tools, documented in the handbook series “Preventing Extremism”.
The other is carried out by Institute for Strategic Dialogue, “European Policy and Practices Exchange Portal (PEP): An initiative of the European Policy Planners network on Countering Polarisation and Radicalisation (EPPN)”, a project which takes a comparative look at the issue of radicalisation thematically and geographically through research, draws together best practice via http://www.counterextremism.org and connects frontline workers and practitioners working in this filed together across Europe via a series of practitioner exchanges.
Using personal stories, interactive theatre and a wide range of presentations, the conference attempted to visualize a variety of factors that can play a role when young people enter into or disengage from violent extremist groups.