Christie on curbing violent extremism

January 30, 2020
Philippine News Agency
Article Source: Read the Original Article

Human Security and Peacebuilding Program Head Ken Christie was interviewed by the Philippine News Agency on curbing violent extremism.

Here’s an excerpt:

"I think what you have to do is build strong communities, de-radicalization and trying to counter terrorism begins with building a strong community and that means building institutions where people feel safe," visiting political scientist Dr. Kenneth Christie said in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Tuesday.

During his lecture at the University of the Philippines on Radicalization in Southeast Asia, a forum organized by the Asean Society of the Philippines, Christie underscored the need to address the root causes of radicalization leading to violence and the involvement of communities during an intervention.

Some of the contributing factors to radicalization are media distortion, socio-economics, foreign policy, mental health and when the civilian in target has been "otherized" or being stigmatized as someone different, he said.

This story appeared in the Philippine News Agency.