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Tuesday, November 20 • 3:30pm - 3:50pm
[Keynote] From Disaffected to Devoted Actors. From Liberalism to Extremism and Back.

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Liberal democracy creates the space for people to express their individual identity. But ironically, individualistic societies create an identity crisis that puts people on a search for community. This phenomenon plays out most dramatically in the phenomenon of political extremism. Politically extremist groups take advantage of the uncertainty of identity that's created by liberalism to advocate for illiberal systems that are hierarchical, authoritarian, and uncompromising. Their narratives appeal to disaffected members of society who can reframe their personal uncertainty as a symptom of a broader society that's in moral disarray and must be harshly brought back into order. This talk will cover years of research in Mr. Hamid's face-to-face interviews with active members of ISIS and Al Qaida in conflict zones, including psychology and neuroscience experiments he was able to run on them. In addition, it will review a series of his studies conducted on far right nationalist movements in Europe and the US. The talk will culminate with research done on liberal democratic values in Western societies to show how they can be saved from their current decline.

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Nafees Hamid

Assoc. Fellow, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague
Mr. Hamid is an expert in radicalization and extremism. He's conducted over 200 interviews with members of ISIS and Al Qaida and has worked on far-right nationalism in Europe. He's explored how liberal democracies are creating many of the problems of extremism and has ideas about... Read More →

Tuesday November 20, 2018 3:30pm - 3:50pm CET
Kraftwerk - Main Stage