This volume brings together interviews with leading scholars to discuss some of the most important issues associated with radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism.

The overall aim of these interviews is to move beyond the ‘conventional wisdom’ over radicalization and violent extremism best represented by many of its well-known slogans, metaphors, aphorisms alongside various other thought-terminating clichés. A vast range of topics are tackled in these conversations, including issues as diverse as the genealogy of radicalization and violent extremism, the rhetoric of emergency politics (’the language of fear’), the ethics of securitization, mutual radicalization, the challenges arising out of the relationship between cognitive and behavioural radicalization, Islamism bias in research on radicalization, the ethics of espionage (as an integral element of the ‘war on terror’), the epistemic dimension of radicalization, the application of the just war conceptual framework to terrorism, and the ethics of exceptional means when addressing security-related issues, to name a few. The unifying assumption of the interviews in the volume is the complex nature of radicalization, violent extremism and conflicting diversity, as well as their interwoven relationship. While radicalization has become one of the ‘great buzzwords’ of the intelligence and security ‘industry’, pleas for its very abandonment as a useful analytical category have also started to emerge.

This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, radicalisation, violent extremism, security studies and International Relations, in general.

chapter 2|14 pages

Re-thinking Violence

An Interview with C.A.J. Coady

chapter 3|10 pages

Radicalization, Violent Extremism, and Terrorism

An Interview with Quassim Cassam

chapter 4|14 pages

Violence and Social (In)Justice

An Interview with Vittorio Bufacchi

chapter 5|6 pages

9/11 at 20

An Interview with Virginia Held

chapter 6|7 pages

The Ethics of Espionage

An Interview with Cécile Fabre

chapter 7|9 pages

Making Sense of Political Violence

An Interview with Marc Sageman

chapter 8|10 pages

The Ethics of Securitization

An Interview with Rita Floyd

chapter 9|8 pages

The Psychology of Radicalization

An Interview with Fathali M. Moghaddam

chapter 10|7 pages

Radicalization vs. Counter-Radicalization Narratives

An Interview with Kurt Braddock

chapter 11|11 pages

Democracy and Political Violence

An Interview with Donatella Della Porta

chapter 12|13 pages

Theorizing Radicalization and Violent Extremism

An Interview with Rik Coolsaet

chapter 13|6 pages

Radicalization, Violent Extremism, and Conflicting Diversity

An Interview with Michel Wieviorka

chapter 14|8 pages

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Radicalization

An Interview with Arun Kundnani

chapter 15|8 pages

The Trouble with Terrorism

An Interview with Mark Sedgwick

chapter 16|8 pages

Making Sense of Terrorism

An Interview with Lisa Stampnitzky

chapter 17|7 pages

Theorizing About Just War

An Interview with Helen Frowe

chapter 18|9 pages

The Ethics of War and Terrorism

An Interview with Uwe Steinhoff