FOSTERING DISENGAGEMENT: LESSONS FROM ITALY & SOUTH-EAST ASIA

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FOSTERING DISENGAGEMENT: LESSONS FROM ITALY & SOUTH-EAST ASIA

Type: Master thesis
Title: FOSTERING DISENGAGEMENT: LESSONS FROM ITALY & SOUTH-EAST ASIA
Author: d'Arcano, Pietro
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Terrorism Disengagement Italy Singapore Indonesia Red Brigades
Abstract: The conventional wisdom holds that ‘once a terrorist always a terrorist’. This paper will examine, on the contrary, how very different groups and individuals have abandoned political violence. The paper will provide a review of the literature on terrorism, particularly since 9/11 and on disengagement more specifically. Subsequently the paper will assess disengagement in Italy and South-East Asia in two ways: by looking both at the factors leading to disengagement reported by the former ‘terrorists’ and at the policies implemented by different states to foster disengagement. The author aims to show that, contrary to much of the literature on ‘new terrorism’, though violent groups, and target states differ vastly similar conclusions can be drawn on why disengagement occurs and how it can be fostered. Finally concluding remarks will be made along with policy recommendations in particular on the issue of disengaging and reintegrating returning foreign fighters.
Supervisor: Cusumano, Eugenio
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Relations (Master)
Specialisation: International Studies
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51466
 

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