Radicalization problems among young people, one of the main reasons of the recent terrorist acts in Europe.

On the 15th of July 2016, Mr.  Nikolay IVANOV, expert within the International Agency for Crime Prevention and Security Policies (IACPSP), gave an interview, in direct transmission at the Bulgarian National Radio. 

This interview was related to the terrorist act which took place in Nice, France, on the 14th of July 2016, and it was referring to the radicalization problems among young people, also exposing the main reasons of the recent terrorist acts in Europe.

During this interview the expert explained that in the recent terrorist acts the religion is not the leading factor.

For perpetrators the major role is played by the social environment in which they were grown, by the inability and the unwillingness to adapt to the normal lifestyle and by the lack of visible prospects for their own future.

In the most cases, the radicalization / the self-radicalization occurs very quickly, the religious ideology is just an argument for committing the offense.

Mr. IVANOV said that countries such: France, Belgium, Germany and UK are the countries with the highest potentially risk of such terrorist acts because there is a critical mass of young people who is not integrated in the society and does not accept the normal lifestyle.

Virtually, in these countries, the preconditions for the rapid radicalization among young people already exist.

In response to the journalists’ questions, Mr. IVANOV said that it is possible to be taken different measures in order to effectively counter future terrorist acts.

The expert explained that it is very difficult to set such measures which can generate quick results. According to his opinions, the legislative measures which have to be adopted soon in this field by a number of countries will not be effective because, in fact, it is about citizens of those countries and not about imported terrorism. The processes which are leading to acts of terror have evolved a long period of time and currently is impossible, only with several measures, in a relatively short period of time, to stop these processes.

In the first place, it would be effective if the citizens will become more cautious and vigilant, informing police if they suspect some illegal activity. “In the real situation, not only the intelligence services, relying on their ability, can prevent all possible threats”, concluded the Bulgarian expert. According to Mr. Ivanov it would be better if, in the near future, the intelligence services of different countries will work together more closely in order to become a key factor in preventing the future terrorist attacks.

 The agency will take actions in order to work more actively in the European programs related to combating and preventing radicalization among youth in cooperation with different countries’ law enforcement authorities in this region.



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