Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The aim of the Journal for Deradicalization is “to provide a unique platform for established scholars as well as academics, policy makers and professionals entering the field of Terrorism, Political Violence, Conflict Studies, and (De-) Radicalization research,” inviting them to “present their perspectives on the theory and practice of deradicalization work, as well as radicalization processes and new developments in radical and violent milieus or groups; submit to the journal accounts of evidence-based, empirical scientific research and analyses, conference reports, practical and methodological experiences from field work or policy recommendations; [and] use the journal as a forum for debate and commentary on issues related to the above.” The editors stress that “the JD is completely independent of any specific institution or partisan policy regarding (counter-) terrorism and methods of deradicalization. Impartiality, objectivity and accuracy are guiding principles we expect contributors to adhere to.”
A look at the most recent issue’s table of contents demonstrates that this is an essential journal for our times, with the articles, “A Literature Review on Methodology used in Evaluating Effects of Preventive and De-radicalisation Interventions,” “Reconsidering the Relationship Between Integration and Radicalization,” “It’s About the Group, Not God: Social Causes and Cures for Terrorism,” “What is the Impact of Foreign Military Intervention on Radicalization?” and “How Could a Terrorist be De-Radicalised?” The previous issue holds more high-interest, timely articles, including: “Countering Jihadi Radicals and Foreign Fighters in the United States and France: Très Similaire,” “Re-enforcing Radicalisation with bad PR? The Nigerian Army's Handling of Boko Haram,” “Ideologically Challenging Entertainment (ICE),” “Navigating lived experience: reflections from the field,” “Funktionslogik terroristischer Propaganda im bewegten Bild,” “The need for a national deradicalisation program in Afghanistan,” and “‘Respect – Diversity Football Unites,’ UEFA/FARE Program at EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Between Pro-diversity Project and Security Policy Towards Far-right Groups.” The journal’s international editorial board is composed of scholars and professionals in the fields of anti-terrorism and political causes, and authors to be found here range from psychologists to medical doctors to academics and special advisors to governments, security counsels and anti-terrorism institutes.
Librarians should bring this title to the attention of any users working in areas having to do with anti-terrorism or doing research on radicalization / deradicalization studies.