2013 November 18

FP7 Project SAFIRE Final Conference

FP7 Project SAFIRE Final Conference

The final conference of the FP7 Project SAFIRE (Scientific Approach to Finding Indicators of and Responses to Radicalisation) was held in Amsterdam last 7 November 2013.

This one-day event aimed to present the results of the project which general objective was to study the factors related to violent radicalisation leading to terrorism. Leading experts in the field discussed the findings of the SAFIRE consortium. Parallel sessions addressed different aspects of violent radicalisation as the role of culture, the presentation of successful interventions and programmes to disengagement and much more. This final conference gathered all actors involved at various stages in the understanding of or the fight against violent radicals: researchers, social workers, law enforcement agents and policy-makers.

The project’s results are presented and available through the SAFIRE’s web-tool at: http://www.safire-project-results.eu. This end-users oriented web-tool is useful for presenting the work done on radicalisation in the framework of SAFIRE. One can observe the situation, orient itself as to what its options are, decide which course of action to take, and act in order to reverse, halt or prevent violent radicalisation. In the framework of this web-tool, CEIS has published several Focus Documents that are available on the website:

Through its involvement in SAFIRE, CEIS conducted a study to identify clusters of violent radical groups and individuals focusing on their actions rather than on their stated ideologies. The aim of CEIS was to identify relevant classifications of violent radical groups and individuals going beyond the commonly used ideological classifications and to study commonalities and differences between them. This work shows that there are various ways to categorise radicalised groups and that traditional ideological categorisations are not always sufficient to capture group differences. CEIS’ research conducted in the SAFIRE project is presented in this public summary.

Drawing upon their expertise of violent radicalisation and terrorism enriched during the project, the consultants of CEIS-European office also produced a Strategic Study entitled “A new approach to Terrorism: A better understanding of profiles of terrorist groups and their members”.

About the SAFIRE project

The European FP7-project SAFIRE was a forty-two-month project on radicalisation processes related to violent behaviour. The project was conducted by an international consortium – coordinated by TNO  (NL) – of ten academic and expert organisations which combine a social scientific approach with practical expertise in designing and implementing methods to intervene in processes of radicalisation where they are moving towards violent acts and behaviour.

CEIS was in charge of modelling the structure and behaviour of violent extremist groups. This project was a continuation of CRIME, an earlier European project on radicalisation conducted by CEIS.