Interview with ...
During and after the conference we asked some participants to share their thoughts with us
Professor Fathali Moghaddam
âThis a highly innovative project, in part because it is bringing s together a group of people who usually never make contact, including researchers, policy maker, former terrorists and practitioners, and victims. These kind of groups never get together normally and bringing them together highlights new possibilities for deradicalisationâ
Professor Roger Griffin
âTERRA seems to be the base for trying to create a way of understanding and countering radicalisation. But, by looking at it not as a narrow concept of order, security and law, and the States, but trying to understand it by looking at the victims, and other different groups with different ways of understanding. TERRA has big potential, because itÂ´s got the ear of the EU, If you can use its privileged stateâ
âI think that the importance of a project like this coming together and meeting many expert from many different fields from many different jurisdictions. It is important to learn what other people are doing in other countries particularly in the EU. So that If we are doing something particularly well, We can share it and if we are not doing something well we can learn from others.â
âThe TERRA issue is a very useful 1st step in terms of bringing together different actors, especially victims and survivors and acknowledging not just as individuals who need to be supported, but as actors who can proactively push back against extreme narratives and feed to policy makers and also to grass root level causes. Too often victims and survivors are viewed, by some policy makers, as almost a window dressing rather than a active participant who can push back against extreme narrativesâ.
Professor Dinka Corkalu Biruski
âTalking about terror and talking about fighting against terror we should take into account the issues of social injustice. I think in order to fight terrorism we have to fight social injustice. In the field of inter group relations it is extremely important that every group in society has their needs met, because when those needs are not met it is a fruitful ground for violence, for feeling deprived, for having a sense of injustice and the sense of victimization and actually the reaction could be violence as well. As a society we have to work on social justice, so that the needs and rights of every group are fulfilled.â