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context of counter radicalisation

Counter-radicalisation in a context of hybrid war

As we all know, the context we live in influences our individual/group experience. We live in a time of great transformation of history; progress in communication, transportation, and international trade are at an all-time high. These structural transformations bring inevitable changes to the way we communicate, travel, and perform our livelihoods. The world is coming together through incessant global interactions of its citizens. This context, however, ignites reactions from the forces that are hostile to human diversity, openness, and cooperation. Such forces may argue that opening up to the world will damage or dilute their cultures and traditions. In all cultures around the world, this idea has gained traction, and hostility towards differences is on the rise.


When it comes to geopolitics, there is an open hostility towards Western-led economic globalisation from within and outside of Western countries. In Western countries, there are political movements against economic globalisation, its rapid changes, and challenges. The impact of globalisation has become a cause for concern. A heated debate continues to rage on globalisation and related topics such as porous borders, mass economic migration, the losers of globalisation, unskilled workers and their plight, rapid changes in social, cultural, political, and economic surroundings, and security issues. 


Countries are increasingly warm up to the idea of preservation of culture and tradition, becoming hostile towards diversity, openness, and integration. In the geopolitical arena, there is an ideological onslaught against Western liberal democracy that accuses it of endangering history, tradition, and culture of the nations around the world. Anti-globalist forces in this onslaught offer a viable argument. They could easily divide people rather than uniting them. This scenario creates the backdrop of a hybrid war against the founding values and social norms of the Western-centric liberal world order. A hybrid war against liberal democracies is in full swing and thus imperative to understand violent radicalisation, which is only the tip of the iceberg in the context of hybrid war.