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Unpacking Radicalization

Skill level
CHF 950

The emergence of Countering or Preventing Violent Extremism (C/PVE) policies poses various challenges for peacebuilding practice. The proximity of C/PVE to terrorism and security-related measures obscures that radicalization processes include societal and political protests, which remain within the boundaries of democratic negotiation. Furthermore, C/PVE overwhelmingly focuses on Islamist violent extremism and relies on western-centric concepts and language, which may do more harm than good. This course looks into the concept of radicalization as well as C/PVE policies and practice and discusses them through different case studies from the Global South.

This course is offered on demand.


- Critically discuss the concepts of radicalization and violent extremism, as well as policies on preventing or countering violent extremism (P/CVE).
- Understand the impact of P/CVE policies from a do-no harm perspective and what this implies for development and peacebuilding practice.
- Ground the discussions on radicalization and P/CVE in different geographic contexts.
- Exchange experiences and draw lessons from P/CVE relevant to participants.


Candidates must have:
- a university degree in a related discipline such as political science, law, economics or sociology.
- at least one year of professional experience.
- a good command of English.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide scholarships for this course. Participants (or their employer) must be able to cover the tuition fee.

Kasernenhof 8 4058 Basel Switzerland

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  • Conflict transformation
  • Culture and identity
  • Civilian peacekeeping and accompaniment
  • Conflict analysis
  • Conflict management & conflict resolution
  • Conflict prevention
  • Peace education
  • Peacebuilding
  • Designing peacebuilding & prevention programming
  • Radicalisation prevention
Languages English
Evaluation Confirmation of Participation
Target Audience
  • Policy makers
  • NGO staff
  • Social workers
  • Public authorities
  • Lecture
  • Group Work and Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • Case Study
  • Arts-based Methods
  • Not available
  • Confirmation of Participation
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