"Emerging Radicalisation Trends Across Europe: Transversal Threats in a Liquid World", the new book by three experts in radicalization and terrorism, Babak Akhgar, Douglas Wells and Jose Maria Blanco, looks deeply into radicalization processes and more.

Radicalization is not an easy phenomenon to analyse, define and understand. As the process tends to be unique for each individual, and it involves a combination of multiple factors, experts and authorities find it hard to understand and detect the phenomenon. A new book – Emerging Radicalisation Trends Across Europe: Transversal Threats in a Liquid World -, due to published in October, tries to fill the knowledge gaps in understanding radicalisation. In “Emerging Radicalisation Trends Across Europe: Tranversal Threats in a Liquid World”, the three authors Babak Akhgar, Douglas Wells and José María Blanco analyse the forms of radicalization that are connecting over Europe, as well as the methods to counter and stem extremism discourse.

The radicalization of adolescents and young adults towards violent extremism is a potentially devastating process, for the individual, their family, and externally towards society, the state, and the international community. Many parts of the process include a dynamic array of potentially observable behavioural developments such as, but not only: attitude, aptitude, beliefs, norms, choice of company (and equally choice of isolation). A variety of risk factors that indicate vulnerability have been identified which not only impact violent extremism but also other key aspects of health and wellbeing (e.g. social marginalisation, identity crisis, significant experiences of loss).

As the threat of violent extremism changes and gets more complex, there is a growing need to strengthen our institutional capacity to respond to these issues and to build resilience within front line sector staff. Internal security cannot be achieved in isolation from the rest of world, a harmonised approach alongside European Internal Security strategies is needed. All material that resonates with the EU’s commitment to fight extremism in a rational manner, alongside promoting human rights, democracy, peace and stability within the EU Member States.

This book provides an in-depth into these complex dynamics that are stirring throughout contemporary Europe. It features an in-depth look into multiple regions of Europe where divergent approaches to radicalization, mobilisation, demonstration and counteraction are undertaken.

The authors’ aims is not just to collect theories about radicalization, but to assist those involved in the security sector by providing them best practices, recommendations and learning material. The book is thought to be a compendium for practitioners, academics, teachers and students for state-of-the art knowledge ranging from conceptual considerations to hands-on practical information to strategic and ethical guidance. The following authors contributed to edit the book: Ana Schwarzenbach, Justina Jurczak, Tomasz Lachacz, Holger Nitsch, Jessica Cohen, Ulrich Kropiunigg, Amy Steadman, Jamie Grace and Rhiannon Roberts, Florian Huber, Bernhard Jager, Ido Erev, Doron Cohen, Roberto Musotto, Mattero E Bonfanti, Nadine Ahlig1, Kristin Göbel, Mirko Allwinn, Nora Fiedler, Vincenz Leuschner, Herbert Scheithauer.