Countering Terrorism, Preventing Radicalization and Protecting Cultural Heritage

One of the most pressing challenges in the fight against terror is the way in which terrorist organizations have developed uniquely effective recruitment tools. Terrorist groups such as ISIS have successfully indoctrinated followers from all over the world, expanding their reach far beyond the Middle East. It is imperative that the international community finds effective ways to respond to this threat.

This book presents findings and recommendations from the NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) ‘Human Factors in the Defense Against Terrorism: the Case of Jordan’, held in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in November 2016. The aim of the workshop was to deepen NATO-Jordanian cooperation within the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) framework by sharing best practices in counter-terrorism and de-radicalization strategies among government authorities and distinguished experts from the diplomatic, military, academic, and private sectors.

The discussions were centered around the technological and psychological aspects of terrorist recruitment techniques, particularly with regard to social media and other information-sharing platforms. Participants developed several innovative strategies for preventing, and even reversing, radicalization, and also established a series of protocols and emergency response techniques for practitioners and policy makers in the fields of counter-terrorism and emergency responders.

Providing an overview of current expertise and best practice, this book will be of interest to all those collaborating to effectively counter the threats of terrorism and fight the process of radicalization.

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Senior Program Officer for European and International Affairs. He is responsible for managing the relations with the NATO SPS division. He is lead author and editor of the book "The Protection of Critical Energy Infrastructure Against Emerging Security Challenges” published by NATO. Alessandro has been selected by the IASSP (Istituto di Alti Studi Strategici e Politici per la Leadership in Milan) for the programme Indipendent Ph.D in Governance and Political culture. Prior, he worked at the EU Commission at DG Regio & Urban Policy and he was a Consultant at Capgemini working on the SAP-SRM Project for the European Space Agency (ESA). Futhermore, He collaborated with the Department of European Planning and Governance from Roma Capitale. He has graduated cum laude in Political Science and European Studies and holds a Post-Graduate Master in Geo-politics and Global Security.