How States Address Extremism

A Small Symposium on “How States Address Extremism:
The Policies of De-radicalization in the 21st Century”

as part of the 19th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Studies
14-17 June 2021, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences

The Politics & International Affairs Unit of ATINER will hold its a Small Symposium on “How States Address Extremism: The Policies of De-radicalization in the 21st Century”, 14-17 June 2021, Athens, Greece as part of the 19th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Studies sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

This symposium deals with the controversial subject of de-radicalization as a tool of the state/Governments in modifying/changing political behavior. The symposium specifically focuses on how these governments use counter-terrorism measures to address individuals’ extremism and radicalization. Case studies of a comparative nature, including Western versus Non-Western examples, are particularly welcome to shed light on this phenomenon. We will focus on the theory and practice concerning certain questions that are currently inadequately addressed.

These include but are not limited to:

  1. What is the context driving such measures from a country, regional and global perspective?
  2. How Successful have State policies been at changing extremist forms of behavior?
  3. What appears to work best in these scenarios and why?
  4. What potential and real impact do such policies have on human rights and the rule of law?
  5. Are there political and historical antecedents for state behavior in such measures and what if any lessons have been learned from these?

You may participate as presenter of one paper or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized, including a pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine-tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycenae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, a day trip to Delphi, and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 3 May 2021 to: Dr. Christie Kenneth, Professor, Royal Roads University, Canada or Mr. Haval Ahmad, Associate Faculty, School of Humanitarian Studies, Royal Roads University, Canada. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. 

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. lead a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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