The role of culture in preventing and reducing violent extremism

Violent extremism thrives in polarized debates and buils on processes of “othering” and stigmatization. Culture and the arts can play a key role in preventing, countering and reducing the consequences of violent extremism by creating social capital and sense of belonging, by fostering resilience, and ultimately showing that we have more in common than what divides us. 

In this paper commissioned by More Europe - external cultural relations, Dr. Asiem El Difraoui, a political scientist specialised inter alia in jihadism, prevention and de-radicalisation strategies, draws on his research and practical experience to highlight the power of the arts and to put forward recommendations for further exploration of the issue by policy-makers, cultural institutions and stakeholders. 

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