Daniel Koehler is the founding Director of the German Institute on Radicalization and De-Radicalization Studies (GIRDS), Fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and Editor in Chief of the JD Journal for Deradicalization. He also advises the Ministry of the Interior in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on guiding the state-wide CVE activities. Daniel has long practical experience in deradicalisation counselling and program design. He recently published his first two monographs: Understanding Deradicalization: Methods, Tools and Programs for Countering Violent Extremism (2017) and Right-Wing Terrorism in the 21st Century: The ‘National Socialist Underground’ and the History of Terror from the Far-Right in Germany (2017) with Routledge. In 2016, he was appointed to be the first court expert on deradicalisation in the United States of America at the Federal District Court Minneapolis, where he gave witness on individual defenders to inform the sentencing process and trained probation officers, as well as other federal agents, in CVE coordination. As a co-founder of the Mothers for Life network, the only global family network of parents affected by violent extremist radicalisation, he is very active in building innovative CVE structures around the world. His research focuses on quality standards in deradicalisation/CVE, family counselling, CVE as counter-terrorism, and right-wing terrorism.
Strategic communications in CVE—sometimes referred to as “counter-narratives” or “alternative narratives”—are difficult. They are often maligned for a lack of evidence demonstrating their effectiveness, or worse, that they may have a detrimental effect. In this Perspective, we draw on findings from a recent study which suggests that strategic communications campaigns may rely too heavily on […]
In this Perspective, Tanya Mehra critically analyses the current European approach to repatriating foreign fighters
Over the past two years, and in the wake of deadly attacks in Charlottesville and Pittsburgh, attention paid to right-wing extremism in the United States has grown. Most of this attention focuses on racist extremism, overlooking other forms of right-wing extremism. This article presents a schema of three main forms of right-wing extremism in the […]