Combating Violent Extremism: Voices of Former Right-Wing Extremists

In Studies in Conflict Terrorism November 2019 By Ryan Scrivens, Vivek Venkatesh, Maxime Bérubé and Tiana Gaudette

While it has become increasingly common for researchers, practitioners and policymakers to draw from the insights of former extremists to combat violent extremism, overlooked in this evolving space has been an in-depth look at how formers perceive such efforts. To address this gap, interviews were conducted with 10 Canadian former right-wing extremists based on a series of questions provided by 30 Canadian law enforcement officials and 10 community activists. Overall, formers suggest that combating violent extremism requires a multidimensional response, largely consisting of support from parents and families, teachers and educators, law enforcement officials, and other credible formers.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1057610X.2019.1686856