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Pakistan Needs to Develop Consensus on Combating Radicalization and Extremism: Parvaiz Hoodbhoy


24 April 2009

“There is need to create harmony and consensus in the society and the political forces to combat radicalization and extremism as their threat is rapid increasing. Radicalization is a process or series of experiences that an individual goes through, and at the end of which it becomes an extremist, the ultimate outcome of which is violence. At first a perception develops in such individuals that there is one and only one right way, and all other ways are wrong and... Read More

External Players Will Continue to Exploit Pakistan’s Internal Security Threats if Left Unmanaged


20 April 2009

“The security challenges to Pakistan in the form of religious extremism, terrorism and radicalization, are internal and real, which if not managed through a comprehensive security policy will continue to be exploited by the external players. Once the internal security issues are resolved, the external links of the miscreants, militants and nationalist insurgents will cease to exist or reduced to minimum”. Mr. Muhammad Amir Rana, Director Pak Institute for... Read More

Post-Diaspora Generations in Europe Suffer from Identity Crisis: Prof. Catrina Kinnvall


27 March 2009

“The second and the third generations of the immigrants into Europe, including UK, France, Netherlands and Denmark etc., are suffering from identity crisis and generation conflict. They have a sense of structural or socio-psychological discrimination and are attaching themselves to global Islam with an increasing pace”, this was stated by Miss Catrina Kinnvall, Associate Professor at Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden. She was... Read More

When Defined Objectively, Radicalization Seems Very Close to War: Wusat Ullah Khan


11 March 2009

“Radicalization is a state of mind or ideology that is not static. It is linked with extremism and terrorism when it comes to achieve its targets. While war is an instrument to achieve the national and group interests and targets, radicalization can be defined objectively in the same domain; but it may not be the only definitional relevance. Radicals use violent means to bring change and sometimes states also do the same as Hitler and Stalin used brutal force to... Read More

Radicalization Can be Religious, Secular, Political or Economic Phenomenon: Shabana Fayyaz


26 February 2009

Radicalization is as an ongoing phenomenon and to define it there is need to look at the theoretical interpretations of the subject overtime. One must understand the radicalization in context of theories and approaches put forward by traditionalists/behaviorists, structuralists and constructivists. Radicalization is a process, which is not stagnant in its nature. In its definition objective and subjective elements are involved. It is an interactive phenomenon. One... Read More

Radicalization in Pakistan: Journalists See Media's Reconciliatory Role as Desirable


13 February 2009

Participants of the PIPS media workshop Radicalization has become too a complex phenomenon in Pakistan to be tackled by media alone. Media should, however, play the role of a mediator between government and the people. Becoming a motivational force for peace, Pakistani media can initiate a dialogue and based-on-it reconciliation. But for this, media groups and journalists would have to adopt unbiased approaches, develop internal coordination... Read More

Groups and Movements Become Radical in a ‘Comparative Perspective’: Dr. Muhammad Islam


02 February 2009

“Radicalization is a group phenomenon where views and actions become violent in a ‘comparative perspective’. Radicalization is generally described as a situation in which groups or society [as a whole] resort to use of violent tactics. But this will be incomplete definition. Radicalization actually occurs at the level of ‘perceptions or ideas’... Read More

Building Infrastructure and Institutions is Imperative to Restore Peace in FATA


27 January 2009

ICPVTR Director Dr. Rohan Gunaratna and PIPS Director Muhammad Amir Rana presiding over the session The deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Pakistani tribal areas can be addressed by building infrastructure and institutions there. This was stated by Syed Adnan Ali Shah, PhD fellow and in-charge South Asia Desk at ICPVTR, Singapore, while delivering his lecture on “An overview of militancy in FATA” at PIPS on January... Read More

Terrorism is a Product of Strategic Choices and Psychological Forces: Prof. Adam Dolnik


20 January 2009

There is something more than mere psychological forces which motivates people to become terrorists. Terrorism is a strategic choice opted by the terrorists to correct their perceived [and stated] sense of the deprivations, grievances and injustices. This was stated by Prof. Adam Dolnik while addressing a session on “What do we know about why do people become terrorists?” organized by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) on January 15, 2009. Prof.... Read More

Absence of constitutional means and biased social structure give birth to radicalism: Dr. Rasul Baksh Rais


14 January 2009

“Absence of constitutional means, human freedom, unequal distribution of the wealth, biased social structure and weak law and order situation produce radical movements in the developing or developed societies,” said Dr. Rasul Bakhsh Rais, who addressed a “session on defining the Phenomenon of Radicalization in Pakistan” organized by the PIPS on January 2, 2009 at its premises. Dr. Rais is professor of political science at School of Humanities and... Read More

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