Global Extremism and the Mitigation of Radicalization

A Small Symposium on “Global Extremism and the Mitigation of Radicalization”
18th Annual International Conference on Politics
and the 18th Annual International Conference on International Studies
15-18 June 2020, Athens, Greece
Organized by the Politics & International Affairs Unit of ATINER
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies

and the Athens Journal of Social Sciences

The Politics & International Affairs Unit of ATINER will hold its a Small Symposium on “Global Extremism and the Mitigation of Radicalization”, 15-18 June 2020. Athens, Greece as part of the 18th Annual International Conference on Politics and the 18th Annual International Conference on International Studies sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies and the Athens Journal of Social Sciences.

Since 2010, there has been a 58% increase in the number of extreme jihadist groups globally, with states rushing to develop de-radicalization approaches to counter these groups. Global counter-radicalization practices were created to mitigate the spread of radicalization, but these vary from state-sponsored programs to community-based approaches. While countries like Denmark appear to be relatively successful in countering radicalization, the United Kingdom and France continue to suffer from limited success in their implemented policies, with radicalization and attacks increasing in frequency.
This panel deals with the controversial subject of de-radicalization as a tool of the state/Governments in modifying/changing political behavior. The panel specifically focuses on how these governments use counter-terrorism measures to address extremist/ radicalization of individuals. 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 which 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?
1) How Successful have State policies been at changing extremist forms of behavior?
2) What appears to work best in these scenarios and why?
3) What potential and real impact do such policies have on human rights and the rule of law?
4) 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 1 June 2020 to: Dr. Christie Kenneth, Professor, 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 & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK(

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